All of it comes right down to this: After months of thrilling competition, the 2021 System DRIFT Professional and Prospec Championships will attain their climax on the famed Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA, on Oct. 22–23. That is the Ultimate spherical, and if the previous events on this yr’s sequence are any indication, it must be a nail-biter.
For System DRIFT Professional drivers, the Ultimate spherical caps off seven earlier rounds of intense competitors that places their abilities, and their groups’ resourcefulness, to the take a look at. File crowds have turned out this yr to look at all of the high-horsepower, tire-smoking motion, they usually’ve been handled to a slugfest: Wet climate, crashes, and new high-speed tracks have made every spherical a severe problem. Issues will solely get extra intense when the drivers pull as much as the beginning line at Irwindale. Often known as the Home of Drift, the observe is infamous for its troublesome turns and concrete partitions that present a razor-thin margin for error.
Fredric Aasbo is sitting in first place within the Pro standings heading into the Ultimate spherical, adopted by Chelsea DeNofa and Matt Area in second and third, respectively. However the winner of the Ultimate spherical earns 100 factors, which suggests six Professional drivers have an opportunity to take the lead and declare the title this yr. If there’s something we’ve realized from the earlier seven rounds, it’s to anticipate surprises. Something can occur when these 1,000-horsepower automobiles careen across the observe, and whoever wins on the Ultimate might want to pull off some particularly gifted driving.
For Prospec drivers, the Ultimate spherical is about extra than simply successful a trophy—it’s an opportunity to kickstart their careers. The winner of the Ultimate spherical routinely qualifies for the FD Professional sequence in 2022, and the sector is huge open. Dmitriy Brutskiy presently leads the pack, however 13 drivers have an opportunity of taking the lead in the event that they win the Ultimate. With a lot on the road for each driver, the Prospec heats will probably be a few of the most fun of the whole weekend.
Don’t miss your likelihood to be part of it: Tickets are still available for the Ultimate spherical at Irwindale, however hurry as a result of amphitheater seating all the time sells out. Can’t make it to the occasion in individual? Catch all of the motion on the free System DRIFT livestream, which can cowl the qualifying heats on Friday and competitors heats on Saturday. You may entry the livestream on the FD website, YouTube page, or Facebook page.
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