After a heavily-fought season travelling across America the KW-equipped driver Chris Forsberg has been crowned the 2014 Formula Drift Champion, his second career championship so far. Taking over Irwindale Speedway for the Round 7 final, Forsberg led his nearest rival – Fredric Aasbo – by a mere 26 points. Not only would he need to score a handful of points to secure victory, but if Aasbo took the overall win it’d be game over.
As the event heated up throughout the night the two championship rivals would end up going head-to-head in the Top 4, a battle that could make or break the championship for both. As expected, it turned out to be one of the tightest battles of the evening with both drivers matching each other around the Irwindale course, but at the end of the runs it was Aasbo who took the victory meaning all Forsberg could do is watch and wait to see who would reign supreme.
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In the final battle Aasbo would face Daigo Saito, and despite pulling out all the stops the ‘Norwegian Hammer’ couldn’t stop Saito, who took the win and with it Aasbo’s championship hopes handing the top spot to Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z – a nailbiting end to an incredible season.
‘We wanted the championship so bad after last year,” explained Forsberg. ‘Taking the win in Long Beach and holding the lead throughout the season to the Finals only to basically lose to Aasbo every time we went up against him. He was our kryptonite all season long. We were able to hold him off just enough to take the championship home and we are super pumped and very proud of our team for giving us the best car we ever had.’