Fredric and Japan Auto FSR: 2010 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
On the weekend of October 8th-9th, Fredric Aasbo and Team Japan Auto FSR took part in the Formula Drift Finals at the legendary Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.
Placing 12th after battling it out with Formula Drift 2010 Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., Fredric Aasbo and Team Japan Auto FSR ended their 2010 Formula Drift Season in great spirits with an impressive three awards under their belts.
– Despite missing two events this season due to a tight budget, we got the Rookie of the Year award! This was the first time it was earned by a team that had not been competing in the full championship season. This has been such an awesome season and an invaluable learning experience!
– We started off the Irwindale finals practice by blowing the engine. However, the incredible Japan Auto FSR team pulled it together and we put in a spare engine overnight. In qualifying, we ended up achieving the Retaks Insane Entry Award – an award given to the hardest initiating driver on the track. I couldn’t believe it – fans from around the world voted us to the top! Then, other teams and drivers voted on us to take home the Formula Drift Hard Charging Driver of The Year Award. To me, this is a true testament to our team’s spirit of going all out with what we have and a symbol of how great the FD community really is.
This has been the first Formula Drift season for Team Japan Auto FSR. Coming into this season with superior knowledge of the Toyota platform, Ian and Eric of FSR Motorsport Creations have provided unparalleled support. Falken Tire has been crucial for the small team’s take on Formula Drift, not only by supplying the best and championship winning Falken Azenis RT-615K tires, but also by providing tools and trackside support when things have gotten hectic. Backing it all up, Tom Ole of Japan Auto provided the car and the means for the team to go all out in Formula Drift in 2010.
– In addition to the broad TV and online exposure gained by competing in the series, we have received literally thousands of congratulations and comments on our rookie ventures this season. Seeing how much of an impact we’ve made and the inspiration we’ve provided to others make for such an astonishing feeling.
– Moving forward we want to keep in touch with our roots and make this an experience for every sponsor and person that has helped us out along the way. They have all been there rooting for us so we want to keep them involved and give back where we can. We know that we have a lot to learn when it comes to preparation, practice and development of our program, and that’s why we are even more focused going into the off season. For 2011, we are developing an improved program, and this time we are shooting for the full Formula Drift Season!
Fredric Aasbo is a two time Nordic Drifting Series Champion representing Japan Auto, FSR Motorsport Creations, Toyota, PBC Auto, KRB Trading, Comp Turbo, Turbosmart Performance Products, KW Suspensions, Griffin Thermal Products, Biltema, CRC, Panvulk, BS Bildeler, Kimmit Sport Racing, Agip, Speed Max Performance, Falken Tire, EBC Brakes, Brakes Norge, Nuke Performance, Auto-Sign, S-COM, BlackBox Media and SWR in Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier drifting series.
Pictures courtesy of Neil Wittman and Urban Racer (http://www.urbanracer.com).