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Mark Landerville takes the Top Spot on the Podium in Formula Drift Pro 2, Andy Hateley in Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series

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Chandler, ARIZ. (October 2, 2016) – Formula Drift Pro 2 drivers, along with its driver development program, Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series put their skills to the test this weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as they navigated the loop at the end of the dragstrip with wheel spinning style.  For Formual Drift Pro 2 drivers it would be the second to last drift event of the season.  Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series’ champion drivers would be announced after their drift event as it was the last drift event of the Southwest Drift Series.

Only the 16 best teams in each class would compete in the final event on Saturday.  Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series drivers raced in the daytime while Formual Drift Pro 2 drivers would race at night under the lights.

After qualifying on Friday, Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series had another chance to practice the drift circuit on Saturday before their bracketed eliminations.  Round after round, one team was put on the trailer while another moved on in the event.

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The Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series’ points winners.  Blake Olsen takes 1st, Andy Hateley 2nd and newcomer Bear Rzesnowiecky 3rd.

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Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series driver Andy Hateley not only took first place in Phoenix on Saturday, but also took 2nd overall in points totals for the 2016 Southwest Drift Series, earning himself a Formula Drift Pro 2 license.

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17 year-old Bear Rzesnowiecky took the 2nd place on the podium after hitting the wall in the final competition with Olsen.  Though Bear may have hit the wall going all out for the win, he is in just his first year of semi-professional drifting and earned his Formula Drift Pro 2 license this weekend.  Bear was 3rd overall in the Southwest Drift Series 2016 points, obviously on his way to a successful career.  Congratulations Bear!

Fromula Drift Pro 2 and Vegas Drift Southwest from WHP
Blake Olsen not only finished 3rd in the Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series on Saturday, but he would end up being the Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series 2016 Champion.  Blake also earning himself a Formula Drift Pro 2 license.

As night fell, Formula Drift Pro 2 hit the track for a practice session.  Getting their final runs around the track, they would soon hit the track for what be their final laps around the loop at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  The final rounds would see Dirk Stratton, Dan Burkett, Nate Hamilton and Marc Landerville battling it out in the final four.

Fromula Drift Pro 2 and Vegas Drift Southwest from WHP

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Nate Hamilton and Marc Landerville come to the finish line on their second pass of the final pass to win the Formula Drift Pro 2 Phoenix round.

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After their first two runs, Formula Drift judges decided their runs were too close and it would be a Go Again to determine the winner.  Hamilton wasn’t able to make the call and Marc Landerville would take the Formula Drift Pro 2 win.  Hamilton took 2nd place Saturday.  In celebrating his win, Landerville set his car on fire while doing donuts in front of the Judge’s stand.

The next and final Formula Drift Pro 2 event will be held at Irwindale Speedway on October 7th and 8th.  Visit http://www.formulad.com/schedule for more information.

Scroll down to check out some of the action on the track Saturday during the Formula Drift Pro 2 and the Vegas Drift Pro-Am Southwest Drift Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

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