LAS VEGAS, Aug. 26, 2012 – Rhys Millen claimed yet another victory in Formula DRIFT at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 6: After Dark. Millen, in the RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe, moved into third place in the overall points standings leading into the final event of the season.
A new track configuration was added to the event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year, while rainy conditions increased the challenge for drivers by an extra margin. The final contest pitted second place qualifier, Rhys Millen, fresh off his sub-10 minute world-record-setting victory at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, against the number-one qualifier, Frederic Aasbo in the Need for Speed / Hankook Scion tC. Millen’s Genesis Coupe used in Formula DRIFT is the same car he set the all-time world record at Pikes Peak, just a few short weeks ago.
On his lead run, Aasbo failed to maintain control and kissed the wall, giving Millen the advantage. With another victory in his sights, Millen maintained a perfect line to take the victory, moving him into third place overall for the season and posing a serious challenge to points leaders for the championship.
“It was an incredible victory for our entire crew at RMR, for Hyundai, Pulse and Hankook. To come here from Pikes Peak in the same car in a different configuration and in a different driving style and to do it back to back is a real tribute to our entire team” said Rhys Millen, winner of Round 6: After Dark. “This is a true driver’s course that suits the car well and we were flawless all day long. Unfortunately, some of our competitors gifted us a couple wins, but at the end of the day we put the pressure on them to run deep and fast.”
This year’s final contest promises to be extremely competitive and hinges on the final match of the season, Formula DRIFT Championship Round 7: Title Fight, on October 12-13 at Irwindale Speedway, a local venue for Millen, Hyundai, and the RMR team.