With a crowd of 9000 attending the event, Saito and Budihardjo revved their engines for the Finals. In the first run, the Indonesian spun out putting the reigning champion in the lead. However, in the reverse run, Saito was penalized for straightening out at the final clipping point, allowing the finalists for another run.
A humble Saito said: "I am pleased to win the Achilles Formula Drift Singapore for a second time and it was a tough final against Budihardjo. He has been in great form all weekend and I had to focus and give it my best shot to retain the title. I have always enjoyed the event here in Singapore as the crowd is always cheering us on and I will definitely be back for more."
Budihardjo commented "Of course I am very happy and thrilled to have made it all the way to the Finals. I have always looked up at Saito as a role model and he is one of the strongest competitors in the world. I had to push my car to the limit just to match him and as a result, I spun out. But the result is still a great one for me and my team."
Among the local drivers, Singapore's Jansen Tan advanced to the Round of 16 after beating Malaysia's Rocker Loh Swee Hwa. However, he had to go against event favourite Ken Gushi in the Round of 16 where the American star flexed his muscles to seal his spot in the top eight.
Speaking after his run, Tan said: "I am definitely happy to have made it to the Top 16. At the first leg held in Malaysia, I had a lot of problems with my car. So having managed to address these issues and do well on my own home ground, it was a great result. The home crowd was absolutely fantastic and I am thankful to hear their applause and support throughout my runs."
The Achilles Formula Drift Series will now move to its third leg in Bangkok, Thailand with the final leg set to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia where stars like Saito, Orido and Nishida are set to thrill the drifting fans once again with some pulsating drift action.