Second Place Podium for Team Achilles at Formula DRIFT Long Beach

April 8, 2019

IRVINE, CALIF., April 8, 2019 – Fourteen drivers representing Team Achilles hit the track last weekend at the famed Streets of Long Beach for the season opener of Formula DRIFT, with crowd favorite Forrest Wang finishing with a second-place podium.

Qualifying took place on Thursday with 10 drivers from Team Achilles making their way into Top 32.  Unfortunately, three of the battles would have Achilles teammates competing against each other for a spot in the Top 16.  Toyota Racing/Greddy Performance driver Ken Gushi, 2013 Champion Michael Essa, Dean Kearney and eventual podium finisher Forrest Wang would all advance into the Top 16.  They would all fight hard battles in the Top 16 with Wang being the only Achilles driver to advance further. 


2                Forrest Wang

12             Michael Essa

15             Dean Kearney

16             Ken Gushi

18             Matt Coffman

22             Mitch Larner

23             Kazuya Taguchi

25             Patrick Goodin

26             Dirk Stratton

27             Taylor Hull


You can see Team Achilles PRO and PRO2 compete at Orlando Speedworld in Orlando, Florida on April 25th and 26th.  For more information on Formula DRIFT, visit

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