Team Achilles Sweeps PRO2 Podium at Formula DRIFT Seattle

August 7, 2017


Team Achilles Sweeps PRO2 Podium at Formula DRIFT Seattle

IRVINE, CALIF., August 7, 2017 – Team Achilles PRO and PRO2 returned to Evergreen Speedway for the sixth round of the Formula DRIFT Championship last week. 

Drivers competing on Achilles Radial tires swept the podium in the PRO2 class, with local driver Matt Vankirk standing in the top spot on the podium.  Dylan Hughes finished second with 2016 PRO2 Rookie of the Year, Dirk Stratton, rounding out the podium with third place.  This is the second event this season with an all Team Achilles podium.  The 2017 PRO2 competition finals will be held next month at Texas Motor Speedway, with the championship still a tight race!

PRO2 Achilles Radial results are as follows:

Matt Vankirk                 Winner

Dylan Hughes                2nd Place

Dirk Stratton                 3rd Place

Travis Reeder                6th Place

Brandon Schmidt          7th Place

Donovan Brockway       8th Place

Brody Goble                 11th Place

Austin Meeks                13th Place

Gyorgy Szilveszter         14th Place

Randall Waters             16th Place


Team Achilles would start the weekend strong with Michael Essa qualifying fourth with Kristaps Bluss right behind him in fifth place.  Robbie Nishida and Dean Kearney would both retire in Top 32 with Kearney sustaining damage from debris causing his tire to deflate during the second half of his battle.  Essa and Bluss both received One More Time calls in their respective Top 16 battles, and would each fall to mechanical issues during their second battles.  Achilles Radial currently sits third in the Tire Manufacturer Championship.

The current points standings for Team Achilles PRO are as follows:

3rd Place – Kristaps Bluss

5th Place – Michael Essa

10th Place – Dean Kearney

22nd Place – Robbie Nishida


Up next, Team Achilles PRO and PRO2 will compete at Formula DRIFT Round 6 in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Motor Speedway on September 8th and 9th.  For more information on Achilles Tires USA, please visit and follow us on social media – Facebook and Instagram @achillestire

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