Aurimas Bakchis

After finishing 4th overall in the 2016 Formula Drift championship, Aurimas is eager to continue to grow as a successful driver in the sport and consistently rise to new challenges. He has been intrigued by motorsports for as long as he can remember. Moving to the US from Lithuania when he was 8 years old, Aurimas was already familiar with the racing lifestyle since he had watched his father professionally race hydroplane boats in the European championship. Aurimas raced motocross in California, experimented with his own motorcycle suspension, and then opened a motorcycle suspension company, Feal Suspension. Using his engineering and technical skills, he then started to explore various automotive hobbies from building custom four-link suspension systems to fabricating air-ride body-dropped sleds. After college he raced rally cars and expanded Feal Suspension to offer automotive suspension solutions. 2009 - After a friend brought him to a local drift track, Aurimas purchased a Nissan S13. He decided to try drifting since he found it challenging and was intrigued by the ability to express driving style. 2010 - Aurimas earned his professional license through two ProAm series during his first season of competitive drifting. 2011 - Aurimas was awarded honors as the 2011 Formula Drift “Rookie of the Year”, finishing the season as a Top 16 driver. 2012- Aurimas continued to succeed in drifting, finishing the season as a Top 16 driver. 2013 - Aurimas finished the 2013 Formula Drift season as a Top 10 driver. 2014 - Aurimas finished 4th overall in the 2014 Formula Drift season, with a second place event finish in Texas and a third place event finish in New Jersey. 2015 - Aurimas finished 2nd overall in the 2015 Formula Drift World Championship and 5th overall in the US championship. Aurimas also had his first event win in 2015 at Road Atlanta, and placed 2nd in both Long Beach and Japan. 2016 - Aurimas finished 4th overall in the US championship. He won Formula Drift Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway and placed 3rd in Montreal, Canada.