Driving on ADVAN Neova AD08 R tires, Yokohama-sponsored drifting competitor Michael Essa won Formula Drift’s “Round 6 Showdown” event at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth Saturday night.
Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored drifting competitor Michael Essa is one race away from winning the series championship after this victory.
Essa powered his GSR Autosport E46 BMW M3 to victory for his second win of the year. He leads the Pro Championship points chase going into the final competition of the 2013 Formula D season, October 11-12, at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. This is also Essa’s second podium result in as many races using the AD08 Rs.
“The course was crazy with triple-digit entry speeds,” said Essa, “but we were able to take home the win. The grip of Yokohama’s AD08 R tires is incredible and helped make this an amazing event for us. We are leading the points right now heading into Irwindale and have a shot at the championship. I can’t be happier with the results.”
“Michael’s a tremendous driver and fierce competitor, and it showed in Texas,” said Matt Johnson, Yokohama performance marketing supervisor. “He and the GSR Autosport team have built a championship-level car that spotlights the performance of our Neova AD08 Rs.
The tire features a specialized compound that includes our orange oil technology for enhanced traction and road surface adhesion, plus it uses the best of our race tire compound technology and design.”
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.