Incredible Weekend for Team Achilles at Road Atlanta

May 26, 2017


Incredible Weekend for Team Achilles at Road Atlanta

IRVINE, CALIF., May 15, 2017 – Team Achilles was a force to be reckoned with at the combined round three of the Formula DRIFT Championship and round two of Global Time Attack held at Road Atlanta last weekend.  Achilles drivers captured a total of seven podiums, with two in GTA and five in Formula DRIFT PRO/PRO2.


Intermittent rainy conditions made things tricky for drivers competing in the various GTA classes at Road Atlanta.  Nonetheless, both members of Team Achilles competing managed to stand on the podium once the laps were complete.  Tony Szirka, running on Achilles GS328 slicks, piloted his UMS Time Attack EVO 8.5 to a second-place finish in the Unlimited AWD class with a lap time of 1:25.357.  Sally McNulty drove her Snail Performance Subaru WRX, on Achilles 123S tires, to a third-place finish in the Street AWD class with a lap time of 1:39.055


Team Achilles would start the weekend with a bang.  Michael Essa would qualify second with Kristaps Bluss right behind him in third place.  Unfortunately, Essa and the Dodge Viper of Dean Kearney would meet in the Top 16.  Kearney would take the victory, and he and Bluss would meet in the Final Four.  After several hard-fought battles, Bluss’ car would sustain too much damage and he would be unable to make it to the line to finish the battle with Kearney.  Bluss would retire in the third-place position.  Kearney would advance to the finals where he would finish in the second-place spot.  This is the first podium of the season for both Kearney and Bluss.

The current points standings for Team Achilles PRO are as follows:

2nd Place – Dean Kearney

6th Place – Michael Essa

7th Place – Kristaps Bluss

27th Place – Robbie Nishida


Drivers competing on Achilles Radial tires swept the podium in the PRO2 class, with Nameless Performance driver Travis Reeder standing in the top spot on the podium.  Matt Vankirk finished second with Brody Goble rounding out the podium with third place.  Team Achilles drivers dominated the competition from the Great 8 all the way to the finals.

PRO2 Achilles Radial results are as follows:


Travis Reeder                    Winner

Matt Vankirk                     2nd Place

Brody Goble                      3rd Place

Randall Waters                 4th Place

Dirk Stratton                      5th Place

Austin Meeks                    6th Place

Hooman Rahimi                7th Place

Alec Robbins                      8th Place

Andy Hateley                     11th Place

Gyorgy Szilveszter            12th Place


Up next, Team Achilles PRO will compete at Formula DRIFT Round 4 in Wall, New Jersey on June 2nd and 3rd.  For more information on Achilles Tires USA, please visit and follow us on social media – Facebook and Instagram @achillestire

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