Forsberg was the points leader going into the final race at California's Irwindale Speedway House of Drift but the championship wasn't guaranteed.
Chris Forsberg has had his share of success in Formula Drift for years, and now, he can add a third championship to his resume. He recently won the 2016 title, something he did in 2009 and 2014 making him the first triple crown winner of Formula D and it's all thanks to one letter: "Z."
Forsberg has driven a Nissan Z since 2003, starting with a 350Z, then moving to a 370Z in 2011. All three of his championships have been in the Nissan sports car, and they've clearly treated him well. He was Driver of the Year in 2007 and 2009, and in 2016, Forsberg actually earned six straight podium finishes.
Forsberg was the points leader going into the final race at California's Irwindale Speedway on October 8, but the championship wasn't guaranteed. The champion from the previous year, Norwegian Fredric Aasbo, was still mathematically in the running for the top spot overall. Although Forsberg's night ended early after his car hit a wall in the first round, he still ended up first overall thanks to Aasbo not making it out of the second round.
"It's an amazing feeling to win the championship three times now, and also break our 2014 podium record," said Forsberg on Nissan's website. "It just goes to show that consistency pays off. We may not have won a round this year, but we won the Championship, and that is our goal every year."
The 14th season of Formula D is only about sixth months away, starting in April 2017 in Long Beach, California.
Forsberg was just as happy about his Nissan's 1,000-horsepower V8 engine: "The VK56 is just an insane engine," said Forsberg. "Our fully developed 370Z chassis is incredibly powerful and reliable. It's the reliability that it takes to win a Championship," he added.
The 14th season of Formula D is only about sixth months away, starting in April 2017 in Long Beach, California. By all accounts, Forsberg is ready to compete for a fourth championship next season, and we have no doubt both he and his 370Z will be up to the task.