ST. LOUIS, MO – With motorsports gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels, the 17th season of Formula Drift got back on track over Labor Day weekend with a first-ever doubleheader at the “Crossroads,” World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis, Missouri. Team Falken’s Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis finished 3rd in Round 1 and grabbed 2nd in Round 2, placing him in a tie for first place in the 2020 Driver’s Championship.
On Sunday, the teams returned to the track ready for Round 2. Again, Top 32 bracket seeding was based on the highest-ranking driver who pulled a number between 2-15, which then saw the grid seeded in an inverted order. This was partially due to time limitations more than anything else, and after 320 days without competing in Formula Drift, the drivers were simply eager to get out on the track.
Bakchis quickly advanced to the Top 4, having to defeat teammates Yoshihara and Pawlak, then fending off Ryan Tuerck to face Chelsea Denofa in the final. He ultimately finished 2nd, while teammate Matt Field finished 4th.
Rounds 3 and 4 will be held in Monroe, Washington, September 25-27.
Formula Drift’s 2020 season is broadcast live by Transition Productions. View more at FormulaD.com.