Team Achilles kicks off 2017 Formula DRIFT season

April 7, 2017

Beautiful downtown Long Beach was host to the Formula DRIFT season opener on March 31st and April 1st.  Team Achilles drivers Michael Essa, Dean Kearney, Robbie Nishida, Kristaps Bluss and Charles Ng all hit the track ready to do battle.

Nishida and Bluss met in the Top 32, with Bluss taking the win over his Achilles teammate.  Essa and Kearney both bested their Top 32 rivals and moved to the Top 16.  Dean Kearney took the top spot for Team Achilles with an eighth-place finish in the event.  Bluss and Essa finished 13th and 16th overall.

Dean Kearney and Michael Essa will both take part in the Motegi Super Drift Challenge at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th.  The event can be watched live at during the following times (PST):

Friday, April 7th -- 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (PST) Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge #1

Saturday, April 8th -- 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge #2

Team Achilles PRO and PRO2 will compete at Formula DRIFT Round 2 in Orlando, Florida on April 28th and 29th.  For more information on Achilles Radial, please visit and follow us on social media – Facebook (USA) Facebook (IND)  //  Instagram (USA) @achillestire (IND) @achilles_radial // Twitter @achilles_radial

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