Bakchis Places Second at Formula Drift Season Opener in Long Beach

13 04 2015
Ontario, CA – The 2015 Formula Drift World Championship opened in Long Beach, California on April 10, 2015 and set the tone for an exciting drift season.  Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis placed second in the Ark Performance Feal Suspension Nitto Tire Hyundai Genesis, joining a select group of drivers that have stood on the podium at Long Beach.  
Bakchis debuted the redesigned Ark Performance Hyundai Genesis at Long Beach after four seasons of competing in a Nissan 240SX chassis.  The car boasts a supercharged LS7 engine built by CBM Motorsports that Bakchis drove into the 12th qualifying spot on Friday. Bakchis then battled through the Top 32 bracket with two “one-more-time” matchups, a slight hit against a wall, and contact with another competitor during the final tandem matchup.  Bakchis was arguably one of the most exciting drivers to watch during the season opener and established himself as a strong contender in the 2015 championship.
Bakchis has committed to compete in the full world championship and the Ark Performance Hyundai Genesis will be shipped to Japan soon for the international events.  Bakchis will drive the Ark Performance Feal Suspension Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX for the remaining USA drift events while the Hyundai Genesis is overseas.  The second Formula Drift USA event will take place on May 8th and 9th at Road Atlanta in Georgia and promises to further the excitement of Bakchis’ 2015 season.  
Bakchis has thanked his sponsors for the opportunity to competitively showcase his driving including Feal Suspension, ARK Performance, Inc., Nitto Tire USA Inc., STR-Racing Wheels, Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702 Graphics, Clutch Masters, Holley Performance, Hooker Headers, Nitrous Oxide Systems, CBM Motorsports, Rola A/V, Mishimoto, Swift Springs, Canton Racing, McCune Design and Mfg, Extreme Dimensions, Grip Royal, Sparco, Koru Works, Vortech, Synapse, and Wisefab.

Bakchis Teams with Ark Performance and Feal Suspension for Drifting World Championship

10 02 2015

Ontario, CA (February 10, 2015) – Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis has announced his plans to participate in the Formula Drift World Championship for the 2015 drifting season. Entering his fifth year of professional drifting, Bakchis has teamed with ARK Performance, Inc. (ARK) and Feal Suspension, Inc. to expand his drifting program globally. The Formula Drift World Championship will include competitions throughout the USA and into Japan, Canada, and China where Bakchis will be competing amongst other renowned drivers.

Bakchis finished 4th overall in the 2014 Formula Drift USA championship in his Feal Suspension Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX. ARK also competed in the 2014 season using two Hyundai Genesis builds with a team of two drivers. This new partnership between Bakchis and ARK will allow for international presence by using both the Nissan 240SX and the Hyundai Genesis in competition since logistics for such globetrotting requires the use of two vehicles.

Both the Genesis and the 240SX are powered by LS engine platforms built by CBM Motorsports and will have customized Feal Suspension coilovers. The Hyundai Genesis boasts a 1,000-hp LS7 motor and will be driven by Bakchis at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California prior to shipment overseas for the international events. Bakchis will then use the familiar Nissan 240SX for the six rounds throughout the USA.

The collaboration between Bakchis, the ARK Performance team, and Feal Suspension will allow Bakchis to bring his distinctive driving style internationally and continually grow his drifting program. The partnership promises that the 2015 drift season will be adventurous for the team and exciting to follow.

Additional sponsors for the 2015 season will include Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702, STR-Racing Wheels, Clutch Masters, CBM Motorsports, Holley Performance, Hooker Headers, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Mishimoto, Swift Springs, Rola A/V, McCune Design & Mfg, Extreme Dimensions, Grip Royal, and Wisefab.

Gone with the Drift: Episode 1

10 02 2015

Press Release: Podium Finish for Bakchis at Formula Drift Round 4

25 07 2014


24 June 2014 – Odi Bakchis received his first carbon fiber trophy for finishing third at Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey this past weekend.  The podium finish placed Bakchis fifth in overall series championship points.

Bakchis had a strong start to the weekend by qualifying fifth on Friday in the Feal Suspension Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX. He was paired with Ryan Kado for Top 32 and with Nitto Tire teammate Matt Field for Top 16. Bakchis then won the Great 8 tandem round against former series champion Daijiro Yoshihara. Bakchis was paired with Chris Forsberg in the Final 4 where his third place finish was secured.

Bakchis previously obtained two fourth place finishes (2011 and 2013) and the event in New Jersey marked his first professional podium.
With only three events remaining of the 2014 season, Bakchis is a contender for the championship as he is currently fifth in overall series points. Bakchis thanked his sponsors for the great showing last weekend including Feal Suspension, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702, Clutch Masters, Dstroyr, EBC Brakes, CBM, Holley Performance, Hooker Headers, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Mishimoto, Swift Springs, Rola A/V, XXR Wheels, Weir Performance, McCune Design & Mfg, Canton Racing, Extreme Dimensions, Wisefab, and Grip Royal.

The next Formula Drift event takes place at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington on July 18-19.

Feal Suspension and Odi Bakchis take on Formula Drift

5 03 2014

Video by Dstroyr from the last round of Formula Drift, Irwindale

9 11 2013

Some great footage of me and my fellow teamates. Enjoy!

EEDC Round 4 Movie

23 08 2013

New movie from Lukas Skersas about Round 4 of the Eastern European Drift Championship in Lithuania.  This sums up a good portion of our recent trip: