For immediate release (Ontario, CA) – Aurimas Bakchis (“Odi”) has announced new partnerships for the 2014 drifting season including the team title and tire sponsors. This will be Bakchis’ fourth season competing in the Formula Drift USA series after finishing tenth overall in the 2013 season. He will use his Nissan 240SX S14 chassis with a newly-built LS3 engine platform for 2014.
Feal Suspension, Inc. will be the title sponsor for 2014 and Bakchis will continue to utilize Feal 441 coilovers on the competition vehicle. The company has been involved with Bakchis’ professional drift program since his rookie season in 2011.
Additionally, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. will be the official tire sponsor for Bakchis’ upcoming season. Bakchis has stated that he is excited to be a part of the Nitto Tire team which has been a well-known and successful tire program in the Formula Drift series.
The 2014 Formula Drift series kicks off in Long Beach, California on April 4-5 where the team will debut the updated vehicle set up. With support from these new and continued partnerships including Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702 Graphics.com, Clutch Masters, Dstroyr, EBC Brakes, CBM, Holley Performance, Hooker Headers, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Rola A/V, XXR Wheels, Weir Performance, McCune Deign & Mfg, Canton Racing, Extreme Dimensions, and Wisefab, the 2014 drift season promises to be exciting. Bakchis looks forward to employing the valuable resources of his current partners and applying his knowledge gained over the past three years of competition. Additional information can be found at www.bakchismotorsports.com.
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For immediate release – The 2012 Formula Drift pro championship kicked off at Round 1 in Long Beach, California on April 6 and April 7 and proved to be a success for driver Aurimas Bakchis (Odi) and the Team M7 Japan Nexen Tire Nissan S14. Bakchis placed 15th in Round 1, further demonstrating that his 2011 “Rookie of the Year” title was well deserved.
Entering the season as the driver for Team M7 Japan, Bakchis debuted a new motor for his Nissan 240SX S14 chassis, upgraded suspension, and a new look. With a field of 60 drivers qualification scores were tight; Bakchis ranked 30th after Friday’s qualifying round and was paired with Vaughn Gittin Jr. for the Top 32 tandem competition.
Gittin straightened during the first run of the Top 32 tandem round and Bakchis then led a strong, aggressive run that moved Bakchis on to the Top 16 main event. Bakchis was paired with Ken Gushi for the Top 16 tandem competition. Gushi led the first run and then failed to follow Bakchis on the second run in what was determined to be a false start by Bakchis. After an exciting lead run by Bakchis, Gushi moved on to the next round and Bakchis finished the event tied for 15th place with Toshiki Yoshioka.
Round 1 was both exciting and successful for Bakchis, providing a strong start to the 2012 season. The season promises to be exciting for Bakchis and his team as they prepare to head to the east coast for the next three rounds of Formula Drift. Bakchis will be completing the season with the help of sponsors including M7 Japan, Nexen Tires, Feal Suspension, 702 Graphics, Clutch Masters, Torco, Drive M7 Energy Drink, Dstroyr, Battle Version, Swift Springs, EBC Brakes, Top Line, XXR Wheels, Sikky Manufacturing, and CBM Motorsports.
Aurimas ‘Odi’ Bakchis unveiled the new design for his Nissan 240 that will be used during the 2012 season courtesy of 702 Graphics, M7, Nexen Tire, DSTROYR and Feal Suspension.
[Photos: Oliver Petalver]