The 2019 Formula Drift season is set to kick off in a little less than a month from now. While there is a lot of excitement and anticipation for the season, things are starting off with a bit of bad news.
Latvian driver and crowd favorite privateer driver Kristaps Bluss announced on Facebook that he will not be competing in Formula Drift this season.
While we can all speculate as to why such a thing could happen, Bluss himself stated that “there isn’t one specific reason” for his decision.
This is definitely a bummer for Formula Drift fans as Kristaps’ carbon fiber BMW was one of the loudest, fastest cars on the grid. Watching him wrangle that beast around a course was never boring and neither was the man himself as he always had a few choice words during live interviews. He’s basically the “Kimi Raikkonen” of Formula Drift.
What make’s this more of a shame is that it seemed that Kristaps was really starting to find his competitive grove as his results got increasingly better over time and last year he managed to earn his first career win in Atlanta.
Now he have to wonder what he could have achieved this season.
Though it isn’t all bad news. Kristaps made sure to note that he isn’t retiring from competition completely, just for this season. He has every intention on returning and will announce his long term plans soon.
If you want to know everything he had to say, you can see his facebook post below:
Personally I am looking forward to what his announcements for the future will be and I can’t wait to see him back on the track.