The Gauntlet is a very fitting name for round 4 of the Formula D series held in New Jersey. A oval track ran backwards with guard rails that will eat up your car faster than Cerberus with his 3 heads, just finishing a lap around the track can make you feel like Hercules.
So yeah, I totally put off editing and posting this because I’ve been spending time doing house work, attending other events, dying of allergies or installing a roll bar in my damn miata. If you haven’t heard by now, Vaughn had not only won this round of Formula D but also the next round in Miami.
Formula Drift Round 4 “The Gauntlet” was held on Saturday June 23rd 2012 at Wall Speedway, NJ. The weather was hot and the competition was fierce. All the drivers battle for the podium spots with Vaughn Gittin, Jr taking 1st place follow by Daijiro Yoshihara grabbing 2nd and Chris Forsberg coming in at 3rd place. For more photos of the event Click Here!
I guess it wouldn’t be a New Jersey event without it being super hot and humid mixed with a little bit of rain. Apparently, FD likes to bring a heatwave with them when they come to the northeast. As everyone tried to stay hydrated and I had my SPF 90 on hand, the banked oval track of Wall Speedway filled with thick smoke. There were a few casualties during the practice session around the first sweeping turn whose wall likes to collect cars like Freddy Krueger collects souls. Keeping things interesting, partway through qualifying runs, rain swept through the track making drivers adjust to the changing conditions of the track. Luckily the rain was just light enough to get through qualifying without delay.
The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway in New Jersey is one of the most brutal tracks on the Formula D circuit that the drivers face year to year. With the steep banking turns and harsh transitions from bank to flat really takes its tolls on both the cars and the drivers. The turn 1 guard rail seem to have collected more casualties this year more then any other even taking out #1 qualifier Ryan Tuerck on his home track.
Conrad Grunewald went on to take top position on the podium with points leader Justin Pawlack taking 2nd and teammate Daijiro Yoshihara in 3rd staying right behind Justin in the points count.