RTR Motorsports: Dominating Formula Drift History with Three Consecutive Victories and a Stellar Driver Lineup!
For years, RTR has been a force to be reckoned with, and now we have accomplished something truly extraordinary. Led by the talented lineup of drivers including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chelsea DeNofa, Adam LZ and James Deane, RTR Vehicles has etched their name in the annals of drifting history by clinching victory in three consecutive Formula Drift events with three different drivers. But this achievement is not just about winning; it represents the relentless dedication, unmatched skill, and unwavering teamwork that define RTR Vehicles. As we delve into our journey, get ready to experience the heart-pounding battles, thrilling comebacks, and the sheer dominance that has made RTR Vehicles the epitome of excellence in the motorsports world. Buckle up, because this is a ride you won't want to miss.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. wins at Formula Drift Round 2 // Atlanta, GA.
Vaughn’s first event back since October 2021 was at Round 2 of Formula Drift in Atlanta where he qualified 1st. He was hit by a competitor in the semi finals, the team repaired the car for him to make it to the finals. Vaughn battled Chris Forsberg in the finals, which was reminiscent of the same battle 20 years prior in 2004 at the first ever round of Formula Drift. Hollywood could not have scripted a better story.
Top 32 vs. Robert Thorne
Top 16 vs Alec Robbins where Robbins spun out on both his lead and chase run making it an easy advance to the great 8.
Vaughn advances to the Great 8 where he battles with Matt Field.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chris Forsberg face each other for the final battle. Both have been competing in Formula Drift since its infancy.
Check Out Vaughn's FD Atlanta Vlog
Chelsea DeNofa wins at Formula Drift Round 3 // Orlando, FL.
In his Top 32 battle, Chelsea took a hard hit while advancing prompting the team to work through the halftime break, assuring he’d have the best car to advance into the Top 16.
The team pulled Chelsea’s Mustang back together leaving it ready to battle Chris Forsberg in the Top 16.
DeNofa would go up against Chris Forsberg in the Top 16. Chelsea advances to the Great 8 which would set up one of the most anticipated matchups of the season.
In the Great 8, it was a Mustang RTR vs Mustang RTR battle, where James Deane and Chelsea DeNofa would face each other off. The all Mustang RTR battle would live up to the hype with both drivers on the door of one another and the fans on their feet watching Chelsea get the win.
Misfortune would again strike Chelsea in the final four with Kazuya Taguchi running into him on his lead run. This would force the team to use the full 10 minutes allotted, plus their five-minute timeout, making repairs to Chelsea’s car sending him out with just seconds remaining on the clock.
He would complete the remainder of his battle with Taguchi and move onto the finals against Fredric Aasbo. One lead and one chase with Aasbo was all it would take for the judges to declare a winner, thus ending Chelsea DeNofa’s wild weekend on the top of the podium!
Check Out Chelsea's FD Orlando Vlog
Adam LZ wins at Formula Drift Round 4 // Englishtown, NJ.
3-Peat! Round 4 of the 2023 Formula Drift Championship was one for the RTR history books. We watched as Adam LZ gained his first Formula Drift win behind the wheel of his 2024 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD.
LZ went up against Mike Power in his Top 32 battle. As the bracket fell into place following the Top 32 battles of Saturday, it became clear that RTR matchups were in the works.
Going into the Top 16 Chelsea DeNofa and Adam LZ would face off in the first RTR battle of the night.
After a heated run, Adam LZ would take the win and advance on to the Great 8. James threw down in the Top 16 and Great 8 winning his battles, which would lead to another RTR battle in the Final 4 where Adam would advance once again.
The round finished off with an OMT between Adam and Simen Olsen where ultimately LZ would take the win unanimously. Chelsea would leave the round tied for 2nd in championship points with James at 4th with Adam jumping up to 13th.