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Three-time Formula DRIFT champion Chris Forsberg, riding on GT Radial Champiro SX2 RS tires, placed 2nd in Round 2 of the 2021 Formula DRIFT Championships in New Jersey on June 19. The renowned driver battled a broken alternator and wet track conditions to achieve the first podium finish for GT Radial since the brand returned to Formula DRIFT competition this year.

“What an insane weekend. To go from the Top32 all the way to the finals with a OMT (One More Time) on one set of tires in those conditions! A true testimony to how great the SX2 RS is!”

Chris ForsbergThree-time Formula DRIFT Champion

“Our performance in New Jersey was especially sweet for all our US employees since the competition tire is manufactured at our plant in Chester County, South Carolina. We want to congratulate Chris on a great performance in New Jersey and look forward to more racetrack successes as this season unfolds!”

Mike MeeiemGT Radial USA Motorsports Manager

Driving his NOS Energy / GT Radial Nissan 370Z, Forsberg was potentially headed for the win before mechanical issues sidelined his car.  According to Formula DRIFT officials, “Chris Forsberg had a torrid weekend, replacing the engine before qualifying, followed by throttle body and alternator failures. He was forced to retire from the Final with electrical problems after an incomplete first run.”

The Champiro SX2 RS is an evolution of the venerable SX2 design which has been popular with competitive drivers and everyday enthusiasts. Utilizing all the strong points of the original SX2, including an extremely aggressive and proven asymmetric tread design, the Champiro SX2 RS features an all-new tread compound that delivers a step up in performance in dry and wet conditions.

Features and benefits include:

  • Race-inspired compound formulated for both the street and track.
  • Advanced construction engineered to limit sidewall flex for predictable handling.
  • Asymmetric tread design that delivers exhilarating driving performance for sports car enthusiasts.
  • Extra-large dual shoulder blocks for improved cornering and grip.
  • Wide center rib for stable handling and dependable traction and braking performance.

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver’s skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength.