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2017 IRISH DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 – Drift on the Docks [RESULTS]

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Jack Shanahan continues his dominance of the Irish Drifting Championship with a win at IDC Round 2, held at the docks of Dun Laoghaire. The track was a custom one-off build for IDC, and the tight course over cobblestone roads was pretty exciting to watch despite being much lower speed than what we’re used to seeing. Shanahan defeated Chris Brady in the final, which was an acceptable finish for Brady given that he had only started building his competition car earlier in the week.  DealWidth driver Brian Egan earned 3rd place, defeating Joe Doyle in the consolation battle. The series will shift back to Mondelo for the Global Warfare event on July 1st and 2nd.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 2:

1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Chris Brady
3rd – David Egan
4th – Joe Doyle

2017 Middle East Drift Championship – Round 3 Dubai [RESULTS]

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While the North American drift season is just getting started, the Middle East has been in full swing to avoid events in the hot summer months. For Round 3 of the Middle East Drift Championship, a custom track was built at Al Wasl Sports Club which showcased the Dubai skyline as a backdrop for the event. 25 drivers showed up from all over Europe, with the top five drivers being very close in qualifying scores. Championship leader Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan took the top qualifying spot, with Dany Neville taking P2 and UAE driver Mohammed Al Mansoori earning P3.

In what was the battle of the night, Dmitriy Illyuk pushed Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a pair of “One More Time” battles in the Top 8 before Illyuk emerged victorious, a win that shook up the championship points battle drastically. Mohammad Al Khaiat, who also was near the top of the table in the championship standings prior to this event, would also bow out in the top 8. In the end, Illyuk took home the victory after surviving a total of 4 “One More Time” battles in the tandem brackets, catapulting him into championship contention.

Middle East Drift Championships will be on summer break until November. Until then, the top 4 drivers sit just 15 points away from each other in the championship table.

Here are the results from Middle East Drift Championship Round 3:

1. Dmitriy Illyuk – Ukraine – Monster Energy
2. Dany Neville – Lebanon – Monster Energy
3. Mohamed Al Mansoori – UAE – X Unit Racing
Photo Credit: CarCulture.ae

2017 Irish Drift Championship Round 1 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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The 2017 Irish Drifting Championship started off at the iconic Mondello Motorsport Park, just outside of Dublin. With James Deane off competing in Poland, and Alex Heilbrunn not able to make the planned trip to compete in the McnSport S13 loaner car, this weekend’s competition appeared to be up for grabs. Jack Shanahan would take the top step on the podium in his Nissan S14, eliminating Anthony Galvin in the final round. Jack’s kid brother Conor Shanahan would win the semi-pro competition on Saturday (which granted him entry into the Pro competition) and take the final step on the podium by eliminating Gary Dunne in the consolation round.

Oh, and as a reminder, Jack Shanahan is 17 years young. His kid brother, Conor, is only 14 years old. To say there’s a youth movement in the Irish Drifting Championships is quite the understatement.

Here are the results from Round 1 of the Irish Drift Championships at Mondello:
1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Anthony Galvin
3rd – Conor Shanahan
4th – Gary Dunne

2017 DriftMasters GP Round 1 – Tor Poznań [RESULTS]

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James Deane has done it again, winning yet another competition. This week, Deane took the win at the Driftmasters Grand Prix event in Poland. Deane was piloting his 2JZ-powered Falken Tire / Budmat Auto S14, taking out several top drivers in a tough Top 32 competition. Deane was the top qualifier out of nearly 50 drivers in addition to the event winner. Deane’s Budmat Auto and Worthouse teammate Piotr Wiecek qualified third, but was taken out in the top 8 by Michal Reichert. The series will continue on to Nurburgring for round 2 on May 12th and 13th, which is the same weekend as Formula Drift Atlanta. Deane and Wiecek are committed to running Formula Drift, which means that they will miss Driftmasters Grand Prix Round 2, but will likely make the rest of the events in the Driftmasters series and could still make a serious run at the championship.

Here’s a look at the final results from Driftmasters GP Round 1:

1st Place: James Deane
2nd Place: Adam “Rubik” Zalewski
3rd Place: Ivo Cīrulis
4th Place: Bartosz Stolarski

2017 Formula Drift Japan Round 1: Suzuka [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift kicked off their Japan series over the weekend at Suzuka circuit with a field of thirty drivers. In the end, Koichi Yamashita took home the event win over Shinji Minowa, while Takahshi was awarded third place over Sheng Nian due to qualifying higher. Recapping some former Formula Drift USA drivers, Masashi Yokoi qualified 2nd and lost in the top 8 to Shinji Minowa, Andy Gray qualified 3rd and lost in the top 16 to Ikuo Saito, while “Mad” Mike Whiddett qualified 10th and was also taken out by Minowa in the top 16.

Round 2 will take place on June 10th & 11th at Ebisu Circuit.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 1:

1st – Koichi Yamashita
2nd – Shinji Minowa
3rd – Kazumi Takahashi

2017 British Drifting Championship – Round 1 – Rockingham Motor Speedway [RESULTS]

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The British Drifting Championship kicked off the international schedule with their first round over the weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Team Japspeed driver Matt Carter took out all competitors to claim the top step of the podium, while Oliver Evans won the ProAm competition on Saturday before beating most of the “Pro” competition on Sunday! Overall, it was a very competitive round, and the full competition was stream via Facebook and is currently still available on the BDC Facebook Page.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 1:

1st – Matt Carter
2nd – Oliver Evans
3rd – Marc Huxley
4th – Simon Perry

FIA Drifting Working Group Meeting

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The latest meeting of the FIA Drifting Working Group was held in Paris on February 6th, 2017. I was invited to present the results of the Judges Working Group meeting that I spoke about HERE, and to get a consensus from the group on how to proceed with some key issues that were raised during that meeting. As for the Drifting Working Group meeting, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the specifics of the meeting are confidential, but I don’t want to delve too deeply at the moment. In general terms, a few subjects including standardizing technical regulations, safety regulations and of course the results of the aforementioned Judging  Working Group meeting from this past December were discussed.

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Baltic Drifting Seminar

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Last week I traveled to Riga, Latvia, to speak to some of the Baltic region’s drifting organizers, drivers, judges and some people that will hopefully step up and become new judges in the near future. For those that aren’t aware, the Baltic region is comprised of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which are all nestled together on Russia’s Western border just North of Belarus and Poland. Approximately 60 people were in attendance, which impressed me immensely as most had to drive between 1-3 hours to attend and they stayed until the very end, asking questions and offering different points of view throughout the night. Read More…

Drifting And The FIA

fb54bd976b50deb9b497bc62fc3068f4As I’m sure most readers are aware, the FIA has taken a keen interest in drifting as of late. This was first brought to my attention last year at Round 1 in Long Beach when Jim Liaw introduced me to a man from the FIA by the name of Morgan Caron. I was told he was there to “check it out” and see how we did things at Formula Drift, but not much else. After that we heard of meetings at the FIA offices in Paris between some of the organizers of the biggest and most important drift championships in the world. They were there to give their opinions and ideas of the direction of the sport globally, and help the FIA understand what the sport is all about. Read More…

James Deane and Piotr Więcek Set for Formula Drift 2017

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The new has dropped from Europe that the two of the biggest superstars from the continent are heading to Formula Drift in 2017. James Deane won the 2016 Drift All-Stars championship and has continued the domination across Europe. Pitor Więcek in his Bud Auto car noted by the yellow paint scheme always is said to be one of the few drivers who can match James Deane’s incredible driving talent. They are both building new cars to bring over the Atlantic and compete in 2017!

 

Source: Speedhunters

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