(Ontario, CA) – Amidst a field of national and international drifting champions at the 2017 Formula Drift season opener, Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis showed that he will continue to be a top competitor in the series. Formula Drift Round 1 took place in Long Beach, California on March 31 and April 1, 2017 under perfect weather and track conditions where Bakchis finished 4th place overall.
Bakchis qualified 8th on Friday in his Falken Tires DRIFZ Wheels Ark Performance S14. With the signature Falken Tires teal and blue livery Bakchis displayed his strengths in each tandem battle of Saturday. With two one-more-times and multiple strong competitors, Bakchis made his way into the Final Four and finished fourth overall for the event.
The fourth place finish gives Bakchis a strong start to the season in his pursuit of a Formula Drift championship. The season continues in Orlando, Florida on April 28-29, 2017.
Bakchis attributes the weekend’s success to the support of his team, family, and sponsors including Falken Tires, Drifz Wheels, Ark Performance, Feal Suspension, Torco, NRG Innovations, Clutch Masters, Swift Springs, Aeromotive, Treadstone Performance, Rola Audio Video, Holley EFI, NOS, CBM Motorsports, Vortech, EBC, Deatschwerks, Rehv Clothing, Canton Racing, HPS Silicone Hoses, Sparco, Turbosmart, Bink Industries, 702 Graphics, Wisefab, Pro Things, Fuelsafe, 2F Performance, Extreme Dimensions, Ignite Race Fuels, and Turn One.