Two GT Radial drivers stood atop the podium when all the smoke cleared at the Formula DRIFT competition in St. Louis on July 15, marking the third time this season that two GT Radial drivers stood on the podium together. The great results in St. Louis vaulted GT Radial back to the top in the Tire Standings.
Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis became a first-time winner in 2023 in his Feal Suspension/GT Radial Nissan S15. He won a hard-fought Final against Fredric Aasbo, but only after he repeated his Final 4 heat against GT Radial driver Chris Forsberg following a successful team protest. FD St Louis is the first win for Bakchis since 2021 when he claimed three victories during the season. The result takes him from sixth to third in the Championship.
GT Radial driver Simen Olsen, who also drives for Bakhis’ Feal Suspension team, came in third place to cap a GT Radial-dominated podium and vault GT Radial back atop the tire points standings.
“The Champiro SX2 RS (is)...an outstanding Formula DRIFT tire that is manufactured in America..."Mike MeeiemGT Radial USA Motorsports Manager
“We want to congratulate Team Feal for an overall excellent showing in St. Louis...”Mike MeeiemGT Radial USA Motorsports Manager
“The Champiro SX2 RS continues to prove itself as an outstanding Formula DRIFT tire that is manufactured in America at our South Carolina plant,” said GT Radial Motorsports Manager Mike Meeiem. “We want to congratulate Team Feal for an overall excellent showing in St. Louis and look forward to more tremendous competition in the second half of the Formula DRIFT season.”
The success in St. Louis marked five podium finishes for GT Radial in five Formula DRIFT events in 2023.