Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg brought home a third place podium finish this past weekend at Formula Drift Round 3: Uncharted Territory in Orlando, Florida.
The racing was intense in Orlando with temperatures hitting the upper 90’s and track conditions that tested both drivers and their tires. Forsberg qualified sixth in the Hankook Tire/Nissan 370Z and quickly advanced to the Top 16. After a close battle against Latvian driver Kristaps Bluss, Forsberg piloted his 370Z to a third place finish putting him on the podium for the second time this season.
“We just wrapped up Formula Drift Orlando and we got on top of the podium again with a 3rd place finish and it feels great. It was a very hard fought battle with lots of crazy runs and crazy calls in addition to lots of tires debeading due to competitors trying to find as much grip as they could on the track,” said Forsberg. “I’ve got to say my Hankook tires did a great job staying on the rims and that’s what really helped us get a spot on the podium with no technical outs this weekend. Want to also thank my team who did a great job all weekend preparing an awesome car that helped me secure the podium spot this weekend.”
Forsberg’s podium finish places him in third place in the 2016 Pro Championship points race.
“Weather was definitely a factor in Orlando this weekend as we noticed lots of competitors having issues finding grip and ultimately debeading tires on the harsh transitions from the banks into the flat areas of the track,” said Donato Bonacquisto, Hankook Tire Motorsports Marketing Manager. “Fortunately our Ventus R-S3’s did a great job providing grip and staying on the rims which allowed Chris to win some really tough battles against strong competitors. Chris demonstrated amazing car control and consistency as he kept pushing hard to secure the podium spot and close the gap in the championship standings.”
Formula Drift heads to Wall Speedway in New Jersey, June 17th – 18th, for round four of the 2016 season.