When the smoke cleared on the Formula DRIFT season at Irwindale Speedway on Oct. 23, six GT Radial drivers were in the Top 12 season-end point standings, marking a major step forward for the brand in the highly competitive drifting series.
The GT Radial Champiro SX2 RS, designed and manufactured at the company’s plant in Richburg, SC, turned heads in the drifting community this year with dependable grip and outstanding durability. The UHP tire is also sold for street use..
The GT Radial drivers placing in the Top 12 were: Chris Forsberg (7th), Dylan Hughes (8th), Kazuya Taguchi (9th), Michael Essa (10th), Jeff Jones (11th), and Travis Reeder (12th).
“I want to thank all of our drivers and teams for their hard work and successful efforts during the 2021 season.
It was a total team effort, from our employees who build the competition tires at our South Carolina plant, to the crews handling logistics, to the technicians at the race tracks.”Mike MeeiemGT Radial USA Motorsports Manager
“GT Radials are the most mental tire I’ve ever driven on and I love it!”Dylan HughesFormula DRIFT Driver - After his second podium finish of the season
“We look forward to building on our momentum in 2022 and demonstrating the technical prowess of GT Radial in the world’s most competitive drifting competition.”Mike MeeiamGT Radial USA Motorsports Manager
With Hughes’ podium finish in his Permatex / GT Radial BMW E46 in St. Louis, GT Radial has achieved three podium finishes so far in this year’s Formula DRIFT competition and moves up to third place in the tire manufacturer ranking.
In addition to Hughes’ two third-place finishes in St. Louis and Seattle, three-time Formula DRIFT champion Chris Forsberg got to the podium on GT Radial tires with a 2nd place finish on June 19 at the New Jersey competition.
Formula DRIFT has announced its full 2022 schedule, which will feature the traditional season opener on the Streets of Long Beach in April and the season finale at Irwindale Speedway in October. In between, competition events will be held in Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Englishtown, NJ; Madison, IL; Monroe, WA; and Grantsville, UT.