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Video and PR: Fredric & Papadakis Racing starts off FD season in Top 10


Video and PR: Fredric & Papadakis Racing starts off FD season in Top 10

Posted 2013-04-14


LONG BEACH, California (April 14, 2013): Fredric Aasbo and the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC bested defending champion Daigo Saito in one of the most exciting rounds of the Formula Drift season opener in Long Beach this weekend. The battle went two one-more-time rounds and brought fans in the sold-out grandstands to their feet.


“It was the most fun drifting I’ve ever done,” said Aasbo. “Winning such a close battle is very satisfying and it took me back to my days as a kid, hooning on frozen lakes with friends in Norway.” The Top 16 fight saw both drivers sliding inches from the walls of the Long Beach street course, lighting up clipping points in an impressive show of precision driving. It was too close to call match after match, but Aasbo kept his cool and performed flawlessly under pressure. He finally claimed victory in a third head-to-head battle, when Aasbo put in a lightning fast lead run and Saito couldn’t close the gap.

It was the kind of performance Aasbo has become known for. Early in his career, he earned the nickname the “Champ Killer” for his consistent ability to best championship drivers. It’s a skill that will serve him well in 2013, as the team faces one of the most talented Formula Drift fields assembled in the series’ 10-year history in the United States.


“At this level, you have to be able to beat every driver out there,” said Aasbo. “Facing down the defending champion in the Top 16 is what happens when you’ve got so many competitive drivers fighting for the win.” Aasbo advanced to the Top eight, where he was defeated by the weekend’s overall winner, Daijiro Yoshihara. He scored an 8th place finish.

Papadakis Racing continues to lead the sport’s progression with innovative technical development. At Long Beach, the team unveiled their 2014 Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC, featuring a redesigned front end.
The team has made changes under the hood for 2013, including the addition of a nitrous oxide system and power boosted to 700-plus horsepower. The team moved the radiator to the rear, to redistribute weight over the driven rear wheels and maximize grip from the sticky Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, and also made advances in suspension tuning, with the addition of new components from RS-R. “We’re pushing everything we’ve got, but it reliably goes rounds and rounds, as we saw this weekend,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis.

Watch the video of the team taking out 2012 Formula Drift Champion Daigo Saito:

Aasbo and the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC will return to the Long Beach streets course next weekend (April 19-20) for the Motegi Racing Super Drift challenge. Aasbo is one of 16 drivers invited to compete for the $25,000 prize purse at the first night race in the history of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro continues at Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 10-11, 2013.


Fredric Aasbo returns to Formula Drift for his third full season of U.S. competition on the Papadakis Racing squad in 2013. The Norwegian driver, voted “Fan Favorite of the Year” after a successful 2012 Formula Drift season, is a two-time Nordic Drifting champion (2007, 2008) and 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year. He ran select Formula Drift events in 2009 and 2010 and made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008. He has rapidly progressed through the drifting ranks around the world and has established himself as both a fan favorite and proven championship contender.
Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo splits his time between his native country and Redondo Beach, California. He campaigns a full international season, with a commitment to the 2013 Formula Drift schedule, along with select events worldwide in Europe and China.


Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S.
The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the Nora’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

Aasbo is the newest member of Papadakis Racing, who signed the Norwegian driver when Tanner Foust announced his retirement from the sport after the 2010 season. The team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in seven years of Formula Drift competition, earning two championship titles (2007, 2008). The team finished in the runner-up position in the 2010 championship. The Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC is the team’s latest competition build.


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