TWO PODIUM FINISHES FOR TEAM ACHILLES AT ROAD ATLANTA
March 24, 2017
IRVINE, CALIF., May 9, 2016 – Formula DRIFT and Global Time Attack returned to Road Atlanta last weekend. Drivers representing Achilles Radial competed in both Formula DRIFT PRO and PRO2 classes and Global Time Attack Unlimited AWD.
Global Time Attack Unlimited AWD
The GST Motorsports team with driver Jeff Westphal beat their own track record to claim the victory in the class at Road Atlanta. Westphal piloted the Subaru Impreza L around the track in an impressive 01:20:793, beating the teams earlier record of 1:24:628. This is the first event with the team using the Achilles GS328 slick tires.
A video of Westphal’s lap can be found here: https://youtu.be/wX2CHluG9II
Formula DRIFT PRO2
Seven drivers from Team Achilles qualified for the Top 16 competition, with Marc Landreville taking the number one qualifier spot.
1. Marc Landreville
7. Doug Van Den Brink
11. Ethan Hunter
12. Aaron Day
13. Sheng Nian
14. Austin Meeks
16. Dirk Stratton
Vandenbrink and Hunter would retire during the Great 8, with Landreville making his way to the finals where he would eventually stand on his first Formula DRIFT podium in the second place position. Landreville currently sits second in points for the PRO2 Championship.
Formula DRIFT PRO
Team Achilles had another strong showing in the PRO class with 7 drivers in the Top 32.
13 - Dean Kearney
14 - Michael Essa
23 - Kenny Moen
24 - Kristaps Blušs
25 - Juha Rintanen
29 - Andrew Gray
30 - Faruk Kugay
2013 Formula DRIFT Champion, Michael Essa, Kenny Moen, Juha Rintanen, and Faruk Kugay would all advance to the Top 16. Essa and Kugay would face each other, with Essa claiming the victory. Moen and Rintanen would both retire at the Top 16, with Essa narrowly missing the win in the Great 8. Michael Essa currently sits in the Top 10 in the overall Championship points standings.
Team Achilles will next compete at Round 3 of the Formula Drift Championship at Orlando Speed World on June 3rd and 4th with drivers in both the PRO and PRO2 classes.