2017 Formula Drift End of Season awards


Formula Drift announced their annual awards at a special awards banquet over the weekend. Special thanks to Formula D ProAm partner US Drift for posting these on their Facebook page.

Here’s a look at all the awards that were handed out:

Fan Favorite Car of the Year: “Chucky” Ola Jaeger
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Dirk Stratton
Ace of the Year: Kevin Lawrence
Rookie of the Year: Travis Reeder

Fan Favorite Car of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Best Personal Style: Ken Gushi
Best Drifting Style: Chelsea DeNofa
Hard Charger: Jhonnattan Castro
Spotter of the Year: Amy Bakchis (Aurimas Bakchis (Odi))
Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida
Crew of the Year: Worthouse Drift Team (Piotr Więcek / James Deane.)
Crew Chief of the Year: Alex (James Deane)
Team Manager of the Year: Brian Bridges (Bridges Racing)
Most Improved Driver (31st [2016]- 20th [2017]): Jeff Jones
Comeback of the Year: Aurimas Bakchis
Top Qualifier of the Year: James Deane
Ace of the Year (29 wins – 3 losses / 90.6%): James Deane
Rookie of the Year: Piotr Więcek
Most One More Times (7): Odi Bakchis
Automotive Manufacturer Champion: Toyota Racing
Tire Manufacturer Champion: Falken Tire
Third Place Season: Odi Bakchis
Second Place Season: Fredric Aasbø
First Place Season: James Deane

Jacob Leveton

Freelance Drift Correspondent at JacobPhoto
Jacob Leveton has worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years, specializing in drifting since the first professional competition landed on US shores in 2003. Leveton has worked with more than twenty print and online media outlets to provide unique drifting content.


  1. Justin Yamashiro says:

    So Jacob, what are your thoughts on being the only one that contributes to this website?

  2. Mike Peters says:

    On behalf of all the Mike Peterses we appreciate your dedication JacobPhoto.

  3. Wegs says:


    Same here

  4. Alec Hall says:

    Thanks Jacob. I appreciate your commitment to quality content.

  5. Doof says:

    I mean… we all knew Deane was going to take the championship.

    Even those who doubted knew deep down inside it would happen.

  6. Blaze1 says:

    Just imagine we got cheated out of.

    Deane vs Wang

  7. Justin Yamashiro says:

    All three of those dream battle would be awesome to watch and different in each of their own driving style.
    Shame we won’t see it.

  8. Justin Yamashiro says:

    So Matt Powers drifting a Kia Stinger at SEMA with more news to follow. Potential return to FD or stick to coffee art?

  9. WingZeroCustom says:

    Eh could be but until he officially says he’s coming back to FD I’m not gonna buy to much into it. Matt seems to be really happy and comfortable drifting for fun and other stuff he’s been doing.

    Though it is good to see the RWD Kia Stinger getting some spotlight and promotion.

  10. Brandon says:

    Speaking of Matt, did anybody see Matt Field’s car for next season?

  11. Slider S15 says:

    From what I’ve seen of Matt Powers Kia it looks like its just a show car for now with a full interior. As much as I’d love to see him back and one of those Kia’s in competition, I don’t think this is the one.

    Matt Field’s new Corvette sounds like its going to have real potential, hopefully it will work out well for him and could be what he needs to finally have a run at the championship in 2019.

  12. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Matt Field and his Corvette will be good. I think it’s time this chassis can finally grow into its potential. Nothing against Luke Lonberger when he piloted his, but with Stratton and the HGK team now the car has future developments than prior.
    I’m excited for any new builds and really the schedule to see if and what changes as I believe this was the final year for Florida as well.

  13. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Well it’s a shame to hear that MDU is over. I wonder if any other series will take in place of it.

  14. Blaze1 says:

    Robbie Nishida will be driving one of these Kias too. I think this is just all show for the manufacturer.

  15. Doof says:


    Matt is just doing paid driving gigs. Does them for commercials, events, and all sorts of stuff. I’m sure this is just another example of that.

    I highly doubt he’ll be coming back to FD, especially in a Kia Stinger.

  16. SamuraiSam says:

    Powers would probably come back to FD if someone asked him and paid him really well. Kia seems like the type of company who would be willing to pay to have a competitive car, which would make Powers happy. Maybe have someone like RMR do the build and support.

  17. Blaze1 says:

    Ummm…did anyone see this awkward exchange between Aaron Losey and the HGK team at SEMA? Start at the 5:32 Mark.


  18. Justin Yamashiro says:

    @ Blaze1
    Watched that video you posted, and definitely an interesting exchange. At least Bluss admitted that it’s really just a sport nowadays and nothing fun. I also think if it wasn’t SEMA and a huge crowd then the exchange of words would be a bit different.

  19. Brandon says:

    Dang no new news like Field’s new build or even FD Canada going away

  20. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Are you surprised?
    Any news we get will honestly come from others outside of this website.

  21. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Good news, or same same but different news. Irwindale remains open for another 5 years.

  22. Blaze1 says:


    FIA should have their next event there!

  23. Acebostr says:

    Man this web sight used to have all sorts of offseason updates and sht what happened

  24. Blaze1 says:

    It was only a matter of time but Gushi is now in Falken rubber.

  25. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Just when it was getting Goodin he leaves.
    Shoutout to my cheesy pun but it’s honesty. Sucks to see him bow out this year though after listening to the recent Maximum Driftcast it’s understanding.

    And on that note, I think the new Maximum Driftcast website will be the new outlet for relevant news compared to here.

  26. KPA says:

    If you are reading this

    enter Maximum Drift Cast in your browser and leave this place..

  27. Justin Yamashiro says:

    @ KPA and everyone else.
    Do indeed switch over to Maximum Driftcast. The content is just taking off but I see a lot of what will come for the future of those guys. It’s your best bet for new content and info.

  28. Mike Peters says:

    Internet Update:

    Three more last ever rounds at Irwindale.

    3 more Dales.


  29. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Surprise! Irwindale will be host to the finale for 2018.
    Good to know that FD’s pull out game is strong for last minute decisions.

  30. Brandon says:

    R.I.P Wrecked

  31. Kids Heart says:

    does drifting still exist?

  32. WingZeroCustom says:

    lol Drifting does.. but Wrecked is dead pretty much.

  33. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Wow. If they didn’t put the year on this post you’d think it was recent as James Deane took the title again. Crazy that a year has gone by and nothing.

  34. Brandon says:

    Rip wrecked lol