Bakchis Wins Eastern European Drift Championship Event in Lithuania

6 08 2013
For immediate release (Klaipeda, Lithuania) – While visiting his home country of Lithuania, American Formula Drift driver Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis participated in the Eastern European Drift Championship (EEDC) on June 29th, 2013.  After events in neighboring countries, the fourth round of EEDC was conducted at the “Nemuno Ziedas” track in Bakchis’ hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania.  Bakchis moved to the United States when he was eight years old and has not visited Lithuania for six years prior to the event.
After several days of preparation, Bakchis competed in the EEDC event with a borrowed Lexus SC 300 powered by a Toyota 2JZ engine and Nexen tires.  Bakchis stated that the track was the fastest he has competed on and “is the only track where I initiate in fourth gear and finish in fourth gear without down shifting.”  With initiation speeds of approximately 180 kph (112 mph) and limited practice, Bakchis qualified tenth in the Nexen Tire SC 300.  After tandem rounds with competitors including Hypki (Poland) and Bluss (Latvia), Bakchis won the event following a one-more-time for first place. 
Bakchis’ win was the first for a Lithuanian in the EEDC championship.  He stated “I had a very warm welcome and lots of support from the Lithuanian crowd, which was encouraging and motivating to perform well”.  Bakchis’ next drift event is the fifth round of Formula Drift in Monroe, Washington on July 19th and 20th, 2013. 
 Additional information regarding Bakchis and his drifting program can be found at
Written by and photo by: Amy Bakchis



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