AURIMAS “ODI” BAKCHIS TAKES THE VICTORY TO SHAKE UP THE STANDINGS
Long Beach, Calif. – August 6, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Monroe, Washington for the sixth round of competition. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in the Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis is Victorious.
Evergreen Speedway hosted Round 6: Throwdown in the Pacific Northwest. The action packed event showcased some of the closest battles to date. The competition was fierce as many of the high ranked drivers were taken out early in the competition opening the door for the other drivers to move up in the standings. With two events remaining in the 2016 Pro Championship season less than 55 points separate the top four drivers.
“It was awesome to treat the capacity crowd to an amazing weekend of competition, during one of the busiest event weekends in the region.” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.
The highly competitive event saw a shake up in the Pro Championship standings with Vaughn Gittin, who qualified first and was on top of the standings heading into Round 6, lose in the Top 16, which opened the door for the other drivers as Gittin moves down to third place overall by only 15 points. 2-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z faced Matt Coffman in the Coffman Racing Nissan 240 in the semi-finals. Forsberg edged out the young driver to advance to the Finals. Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 met Bakchis in the semi-finals. Bakchis outdrove his opponent to move to the Finals. Errors on Forsberg’s run helped give Bakchis his first victory of the season. Forsberg’s second place finish moves him into the lead by 5 points over Fredric Aasbo.
“I’m really happy with the win. It’s been a lot of work on our part and with our sponsors Ark Performance, Feal Suspension, and Falken Tire,” said Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis, winner of Round 6: Throwdown. “I really want to keep this momentum going into the next round and am excited for the rest of the season.”
The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 7: Showdown on September 9-10, 2016 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
|Round 6: Throwdown Event Results|
|1. Bakchis, Aurimas||Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis||Winner|
|2. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||2nd Place|
|3. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86||3rd Place|
|4. Coffman, Matt||Coffman Racing Nissan 240||4th Place|
|5. McQuarrie, Tyler||Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro||5th Place|
|6. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC||6th Place|
|7. Foust, Tanner||Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat||7th Place|
|8. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper||8th Place|
|9. Gittin, Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||9th Place|
|10. Field, Matt||Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240||10th Place|
|11. Yoshihara, Dai||Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ||11th Place|
|12. Moen, Kenny||Team Boost Lock BMW M3||12th Place|
|13. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan 240||13th Place|
|14. Nishida, Robbie||Achilles Radial Infiniti G37||14th Place|
|15. Hohnadell, Alec||Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab / Nexen Tire Nissan 240||15th Place|
|16. Castro, Jhonnattan||Gerdau Meltadom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86||16th Place|
|2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 6 Events|
|1. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||419.00 Points|
|2. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC||414.00 Points|
|3. Gittin, Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||404.00 Points|
|2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 6 Events|
|1. SR by Toyota||737.00 Points|
|2. Ford||565.00 Points|
|3. Nissan||558.00 Points|
|4. BMW||389.00 Points|
|5. Mazda||245.00 Points|
|6. Chevrolet||222.00 Points|
|7. Dodge||203.00 Points|
|2016 Tire Championship Standings After 6 Events|
|1. Nexen||796.00 Points|
|2. Falken||750.00 Points|
|3. Hankook||682.00 Points|
|4. Nitto||593.00 Points|
|5. Achilles||521.00 Points|
|7. GT Radial||320.00 Points|
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