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2017 Formula Drift New Jersey Recap [Gallery]

Competition was steep at New Jersey's Wall Speedway for Round 4 of Formula Drift, as nine drivers qualified with a score of 90 or higher. Chelsea DeNofa of Team Nitto and Mustang RTR snagged his first career pole qualifier but was unable to make it to his first Great 8 appearance of the season after an unfortunate spinout in his Top 16 run against Dai Yoshihara. Last year's FDNJ podium drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chris Forsberg and Alex Heilbrunn were also eliminated before the Great 8 round, so competition proceeded without them, with Michael Essa and Odi Bakchis facing each other in the Final Battle for a tie-breaking seventh career matchup. Essa ran an Incomplete, and Bakchis earned his third career win, advancing in the Championship standings to fifth place.

See more Wall Speedway action in the photo gallery at the top.

(Photos: Andrew Jennings)

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dean Kearney

Formula D Pro Championship Standings:

  1. James Deane - 297 pts
  2. Michael Essa - 241 pts
  3. Fredric Aasbo - 230 pts
  4. Ryan Tuerck - 211 pts
  5. Odi Bakchis - 210 pts
  6. Kristaps Bluss - 207 pts
  7. Dean Kearney - 204 pts
  8. Vaughn Gittin Jr. - 179 pts
  9. Matt Coffman - 174 pts
  10. Alex Heilbrunn - 174 pts
  11. Daijiro Yoshihara - 157 pts
  12. Alec Hohnadell - 155 pts
  13. Chris Forsberg - 155 pts
  14. Piotr Wiecek - 138 pts
  15. Matt Field - 124 pts
  16. Nate Hamilton - 121 pts
  17. Jeff Jones - 120 pts
  18. Chelsea DeNofa - 112 pts
  19. Justin Pawlak - 110 pts
  20. Juha Rintanen - 107 pts
  21. Jhonnattan Castro - 105 pts
  22. Ken Gushi - 91 pts
  23. Cameron Moore - 88 pts
  24. Kyle Mohan - 86 pts
  25. Dan Burkett - 74 pts
  26. Pat Goodin - 72 pts
  27. Robbie Nishida - 70 pts
  28. Taylor Hull - 36 pts
  29. Georgy Chivchyan - 18 pts

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See the complete FD New Jersey rundown in our Top 32 Play-by-Play.

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