USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.
Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.
Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.
The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.
2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:
|1. Austin Meeks||Committed Service Brand Nissan 240SX||First Place|
|2. Kenric Meyer||BMW M3||Second Place|
|3. Kyle Wood||Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX||Third Place|
2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:
|1. Dylan Hughes||MA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX||348 points|
|2. Chris Cotrupi||Nissan 240SX||331 points|
|3. Matt Pollock||JNR Nissan 240SX||327 points|
|4. Thomas Palmerino||Mazda Miata||265 points|
|5. Kyle Wood||Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX||262 points|
|6. John Windham||Freak Show Nissan 240SX||213 points|
|7. Brian Riccio||Nissan 240SX||211 points|
|8. Ben Williams||Fresh Roots Mazda RX7||189 points|
|9. Kenric Meyer||BMW M3||188 points|
|10. Justin Hoitsma||Faction Motorsports Nissan 240SX||170 points|
Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.