Formula Drift 2023 - New Jersey
Storm clouds and tire smoke engulfed the sky above Old Bridgetown Raceway in Englishtown, New Jersey, amidst Formula Drift's annual mid-season PRO series event. Aptly dubbed "The Gauntlet," this race lived up to its name, challenging drivers with a makeshift figure 8 drift course demanding precise initiations, seamless transitions, and expert use of momentum. As rain showers loomed overhead, threatening to compromise track conditions, MOMO's star-studded lineup of drivers, Dylan Hughes, Matt Field, and previous PROSPEC Champion Robert Thorne, entered the event with high hopes.
Matt Field went head-to-head with our newest PRO series competitior, Robert Thorne, who crushed chase position keeping close proximity to Field in the lead. Despite a clean performance from both drivers, Field ultimately took the win advancing into the next round and knocking Thorne from the competition. Meanwhile, Dylan Hughes engaged in a fierce battle with Trenton Beechum, securing his place in the Top 16.
Top 16 & Great 8
Competition was firing up, so Dylan Hughes brought the heat in his 2JZ-swapped E46. Despite delivering an exhilarating performance in the Top 16, Dylan was eliminated by Joao Barion. Matt Field faced off against Jonathan Castro in the Top 16 and Rome Charpentier in the Great 8, leaving both opponents in his tire smoke as he charged forward to the Final 4.
Advancing into the Final 4, Field and his C6 Corvette encountered a classic battle of American muscle against the iconic Adam LZ and his new S650 Mustang. Taking the lead position, Field maintained a clean and commanding run, but the chase against Adam's big-angle maneuvers over the sweeping banks of Old Bridgetown proved challenging. In a close competition, the judges awarded LZ the win, concluding Field's weekend and securing him a third-place position on the podium.
Matt Field earned 76 points in Round 4, propelling him back into first place with a total of 256 points. Dylan 'The Dozer' Hughes rounds out our top ten with 161 points, and Robert Thorne drops down to 31st with 64 points in the season standings. The 20th anniversary season of Formula Drift continues in St. Louis, Missouri, from July 13th to 15th, promising even more dramatic drift battles and spicy showdowns as we get closer to crowning a 2023 drift king.