Formula DRIFT: St. Louis PRO and PROSPEC Results

July 17, 2023Pam Ghee
Formula Drift

The Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 5: Crossroads, and Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 3 festivities have ended. A number of improvements were added to World Wide Technology Raceway near St Louis this year. To help the drivers achieve fluid runs through the course, track officials had significantly widened the paved surface in Outside Zone 3 (OZ3) and repositioned OZ4. They also added raised curbs in OZ4 to help the drivers find the edge of the course and avoid putting their rear tires in the dirt. The results from the event were as follows.

Results from FD PRO Round 5

1.   Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis (Lithuania) – Feal Suspension / GT Radial Nissan S15
2.   Fredric Aasbo (Norway) – Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra
3.   Simen Olsen (Norway) – Feal Suspension Nissan S14.9

Results from FD PROSPEC Round 3

1.   Ben Hobson (USA) – Ben Hobson (USA) – Pedal Commander / Feal Suspension / Koruworks / Motegi Racing Nissan S14
2.   Andy Hateley (USA) – Hateley Motorsports Habanero E46 BMW
3.   Geoff Donati (USA) – Freedom Builders / Tuner Tools-powered E46 BMW

The PRO competition was littered with a number of on track collisions, driver protests, and a change in the championship leader. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis won the round. It was his first win since 2021. Bakchis moved up in the standings to third place.

Odi Bakchis stated the following after securing the win this weekend, “What a crazy event! Winning was no easy feat but it feels very special because it represents the tenth win in my Formula DRIFT PRO career. Simen and I put my team through a lot today but we both got on the podium. And to do that against a field of crazy drivers means you have to beat on the cars super-hard, and we did that.”

Bakchis continued

“We laid it all on the line and the cars got beaten up. They constantly needed attention from the crew but they kept them together for us and we kept on going. We definitely owe it to them and I’m thrilled with Feal Race Team – we took first place in PROSPEC as well as first and third in PRO, so we’re carrying a lot of momentum going into the PRO Round in Seattle. Simen and I have to keep charging hard but the cars and team are working well, so we’re confident for the next Round.”

Final points standings are available below.

Round 5 FD PRO TOP 16 Driver Points

1Aurimas Bakchis100
2Fredric Aasbo88
3Simen Olsen76
4Chris Forsberg64
5Jhonnattan Castro48
6Jonathan Hurst48
7Chelsea DeNofa48
8Kazuya Taguchi35
9Nick Noback34
10Dean Kearney33
11Ryan Tuerck32
12Dylan Hughes32
13Kenshiro Gushi32
14Matt Field32
15Ryan Litteral32
16Robert Thorne32

2023 FD PRO TOP 16 Driver Championship Standings

1Fredric Aasbo303
2Matt Field288
3Aurimas Bakchis273
4Chelsea DeNofa263
5Simen Olsen260
6Chris Forsberg232
7James Deane226
8Ryan Tuerck200
9Dylan Hughes193
10Jonathan Hurst192
11Rome Charpentier184
12Kazuya Taguchi176
13Adam LZ148
14Jhonnattan Castro144
15Kenshiro Gushi128
16Travis Reeder128


In PROSPEC Ben Hobson claimed the win and the championship lead from Rudy Hansen. Hansen was eliminated early in the knockout stage. Hobson beat second place championship point sitter Andy Hateley in the final. He now has a commanding lead of 65 points over second place sitter Andy Hateley. Hobson stated after the race, “It’s been a long time coming but we finally achieved a perfect event and I’m super-stoked about it. My team and family are going crazy and I want to thank my sponsors as well. We’re going gung-ho into the next round where we have a chance of taking the Championship. And I’m not lifting, so we’re running into Round 4 at full tilt like we have all season!”

Full event results and standings for the PROSPEC class are available below.

Round 3 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 Driver Points

1Ben Hobson103
2Andy Hateley88
3Geoff Donati76
4Connor O´Sullivan64
5Joshua Love48
6Austin Matta48
7Blake Olsen45
8Dustin Miles48
9Amanda Sorensen34
10Derek Madison33
11Jack Davis32
12Trevor Root32
13Cody Buchanan32
14Dmitriy Brutskiy32
15Kelsey Rowlings32
16Nate Chen32

FD PROSPEC TOP 16 Championship Standings

1Ben Hobson245
2Andy Hateley180
3Rudy Hansen164
4Dmitriy Brutskiy137
5Nate Chen130
6Connor O´Sullivan128
7Jack Davis128
8Alex Jagger124
9Cole Richards116
10Austin Matta112
11Cody Buchanan112
12Faruk Kugay112
13Geoff Donati108
14Blake Olsen103
15Jayden Martorana99
16Derek Madison97

Next Formula DRIFT Round

Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA  will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 6 on August 11-12. Please visit for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream