Fredric Aasbø

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Fredric Aasbø
Fredric Aasbo (2015).jpg
Aasbø in 2015
Born 18 August 1985
Ski, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Known for Formula D
Website http://www.fredricaasbo.com/

Fredric Aasbø (born 18 August 1985) is a professional drifter and stunt driver originally from Ski, Norway.[1] He now competes in the Formula Drift Championship. In 2015, he became the Formula Drift World Champion.[2][3] He also holds claim to the most wins of any driver in series history (as of August, 2018).[4] He finished runner-up in the 2016 and 2017 championship chases.

Aasbø won the 2007 and 2008 Nordic Drifting Championship titles as a privateer competing in his native Scandinavia before making his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008.[5] In 2010, he ran his first full season of U.S. competition and won the Formula Drift 'Rookie of the Year' award. In 2014, he won the Formula Drift Asia title,[6] and finished runner-up in the U.S. Formula Drift Pro Championship. He scored the Formula Drift Pro Championship title in 2015 with a record of four wins in seven rounds, as well as the Formula Drift World Championship.[7][8] The same year, he was also awarded the FIA's Driver of the Year for Norway – an honor he accepted from Norwegian World Rally Champion Petter Solberg.[9]

After starting his career as a privateer racer in a Toyota Supra, he joined the Papadakis Racing squad in 2010 as a replacement for driver Tanner Foust (who had announced his departure from drifting).[10] In 2012, he won the "Pro" category of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.[11] In the past two years, he has debuted two different Toyota hatchbacks in the Formula Drift series. In 2018, Papadakis Racing introduced the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback.[12] A year earlier, they finished second in the championship in a similar liveried Toyota IM.[13] From 2010 to 2016, he drove a Scion tC in the United States and, currently races a Toyota GT86 in Europe.[14][15]

He is also a stunt driver whose work has most notably been featured in the Norwegian action film Børning.[16]

His girlfriend Hunter Taylor is now a rookie drifter as well. [17]

References[edit]

Fredric Aasbø checks tire pressures on his Rockstar Energy Drink Scion tC during 2015 competition
  1. ^ "Fredric Aasbo - Scion Racing Blog". Scion.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Aasbo, Scion take Formula Drift Championship in Irwindale". Autoweek. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  3. ^ "Formula DRIFT World Championship - Standings". Formulad.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Aasbo drops the hammer on the field to win Long Beach Formula Drift opener in a new Toyota". Autoweek. Retrieved 2018-08-04. 
  5. ^ "A Message To Fredric Aasbø". Speedhunters. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Australia - Standings - 2014". Formula DRIFT Asia. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Drifting-Aasbø knuste alle: – Den villeste dagen i mitt liv - Motorsport - VG". Vg.no. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Fredric Aasbo wins Formula Drift series and Irwindale Speedway titles". Sgvtribune.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  9. ^ "WOW!!! I'm speechless right now: Guess who won the Norwegian FIA Driver of The Year Award and was handed it by last years winner Petter Solberg (@petterwrc03)!!! Thank you all so incredibly much!! #ÅretsBilsportutøver –". Drifting.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  10. ^ Siu, Jason. "Tanner Foust Temporarily Retiring from Formula DRIFT » AutoGuide.com News". Autoguide.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Toyota Pro/Celebrity race will feature Rutledge Wood, Cain Velasquez". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  12. ^ Lee, Kristen. "This 1,000-HP RWD Toyota Corolla Is One Of The Most Extreme Drift Cars Ever Built". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2018-08-04. 
  13. ^ Choy, Danny. "How Fredric Aasbo's 1000-HP Corolla iM Formula D Drift Car Was Built". The Drive. Retrieved 2018-08-04. 
  14. ^ "Formula DRIFT - Drivers - Fredric Aasbo". Formulad.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  15. ^ "Interview - Scion Racing's Fredric Aasbo & Ken Gushi". Superstreetonline.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  16. ^ Jan Gunnar Furuly (2014-01-31). "Norsk bilstjerne i USA lånte bil og gjorde stunt - Aftenposten". Aftenposten.no. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  17. ^ Ljadov, Vladimir. "Interview with Fredric". Wheelsbywovka. Retrieved 2017-07-14. 

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