Irish Drift Championship

Irish Drift Championship Boss Talks State of Drifting in Ireland

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Ireland is a small country in the North Atlantic Ocean with a small population of 4,500,000 people (same population as Louisana or Kentucky) for a comparison. I visited Ireland for the first time in November for a 62 hours and got a quick feel of the country. It is really amazing how powerful and impactful the drift scene has grown on this little island compared to America or mainland Europe (more Eastern). IDC is an amazing series that produces a large talent pool of drifters (James Deane who is arriving in Formula Drift for 2017). With that being said, I found the article written by IDC bossman David Egan. Here is an excerpt I found interesting and you can follow the link below this quote and read his full write up.

“Firstly, 95% of the general population have no idea what drifting is or have a complete misconception. This is actually a good thing in many ways. That means that only 5% are making the decision to attend or not and the sport has not been rejected by the masses. Therefore our simple and significant task should be to give a much higher percentage of people the option. The fact that we are seeing attendances of over 10,000 at certain events, from 5% of the drift-educated population, is a good indication that the potential for mainstream success is there. For 2017, we have redesigned our marketing strategy to include numerous crossovers with other motor-sports, sports, celebrities and events. We are planning on attending over 20 non-drift related events to promote the championships and perform demonstrations. Our in-house media team have partnered with numerous magazines and online blogs, both nationally and internationally, providing in-depth reports and reviews on all events. We aim to produce over 180 videos and 4 documentaries during the season and have constant behind-the-scenes content streaming online. Our improved free live-stream service can be viewed on any device and will rival conventional TV broadcasts in terms of quality and production.”

 

Source/Read More: http://www.idcnation.com/2017/01/25/state-drift-nation/

2016 Irish Drift Championships Round 5 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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Irish Drift Championships wrapped up their series with a packed house at Mondello, which is the most well-known track in Irish drifting history. Duane McKeever rose above the fierce field of competitors to take home not just the first place trophy from the event but the 2016 Irish Drift Championship trophy as well. His closest championship competitor, Jack Shanahan, had mechanical issues in qualifying that left him on the outside of the tandem elimination bracket.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 6:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Richard Bradley
3rd – Nigel Colfer
4th – Shane O’Sullivan

Here’s a look at the top 5 final championship standings:

1st Duane McKeever 227 points
2nd Jack Shanahan 171 points
3rd Shane O’Sullivan  164 points
T-4th Mike Fitz 151 points
T-4th Tomas Kiely 151 points

2016 Irish Drift Championships Round 4 – Watergrasshill [RESULTS]

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Young phenom Jack Shanahan continues his dominance this year with a win at the Kartworld track in Watergrasshill, defeating Duane McKeever in the final round. Fellow young gun Tomas Kiely took the final podium position, narrowly taking out Shane O’Sullivan in the consolation round.

Entering the final round of competition, which takes place September 24th and 25th at the famed Mondello Park, McKeever holds a narrow 6 point lead over Shanahan.

Here’s the results from Round 4 of 5 of the 2016 Irish Drift Championship:

1st place – Jack Shanahan
2nd place – Duane McKeever
3rd place – Tomas Kiely
4th place – Shane O’Sullivan

Here’s the standings entering the final round of competition:
Position Name Points
1st –  Duane McKeever – 177 points
2nd – Jack Shanahan – 171 points
3rd – Shane O’Sullivan – 129 points
4th – Tomas Kiely – 122 points
5th – Mike Fitz – 119 points
6th – Paul McCarthy – 111 points
7th – Brian Egan – 108 points
8th – James Deane – 99 points
9th – John McCarthy – 98 points
10th – Peden Nielsen – 58 points

2016 Irish Drift Championships – Round 2 Fermoy [RESULTS]

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After Top 16 battles were delayed for a bit due to a thunderstorm which caused standing water on the track, championship leader Duane McKeever added to his lead by defeating young phenom Jack Shanahan in the final round. The brothers McCarthy rounded out the top 4, with younger brother Paul McCarthy taking the final step of the podium ahead of big brother John McCarthy. Some updates on other notables: Dai Yoshihara experienced some mechanical issues and wasn’t as competitive as he had hoped, while James Deane had a fire and was forced to retire early.

Results:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Jack Shanahan
3rd – Paul McCarthy
4th – John McCarthy

 

2016 Irish Drift Championships – Round 1 Mondello [RESULTS]

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The incredible unbeaten streak on Irish soil continued this weekend at Mondello despite some tough competition. Duane McKeever took out fellow Irishman Shane O’Sullivan in the final, while Forrest Wang won his podium battle with Nigel Colfer when Colfer’s clutch gave out in their battle. Wang was driving Darren McNamara’s LHD S13 with a 2JZ engine, a setup that Wang looked quite comfortable in.

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

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Shane O’Sullivan
3rd – Forrest Wang
4th – Nigel Colfer

Forrest Wang Set to run Irish Drift Championship in April

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Forrest Wang is heading to the Irish Drift Championship for Round 1 at Mondello Park on April 23rd/24th. Mondello Park is the most famous and popular racetrack in Ireland for drifting and according to reports we have heard they have been adding new pavement to the venue to accommodate more track configurations. The IDC has a claim to fame that a foreigner has never won an event in the series since its inception. Perhaps Forrest Wang can change that next month at Mondello Park. Below is a snapshot of the work being done on the track thanks to Irish drifter Jack Shanahan.

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James Deane wins 2015 Irish Drift Championships Round 5 and overall championship [RESULTS]

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James Deane continued his incredible success this season by winning the Irish Drift Championship Round 5 event at Mondello Park and claiming the IDC overall championship title. The podium was an all-Irish affair, continuing the undefeated streak that they have on their home soil. Deane was sitting in 3rd overall in the championship entering this weekend, but early exits by youngsters Tomas Kiely and Jack Shanahan opened the door for Deane to take the title.

Here’s the final results from 2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 5 event at Mondello Park:

1st – James Deane – Ireland
2nd – Shane O’Sullivan – Ireland
3rd – Nigel Colfer – Ireland

Dean Kearney Bringing American Muscle over for IDC Mondello Park

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Dean Kearney is bringing over his Dodge Viper (one of his two) to Ireland so he can compete in the Irish Drift Championship final round at Mondello Park. I’ve always been told by the Irish fans that Mondello Park is the one event you want to attend if you ever want to see Irish drifting and fan insanity on display. I’ve been told they are expecting 10k+ for a wild series finale. Dean is shipping over one of his 8.3L Dodge Viper’s to join up with his Achilles teammates at the end of this month. \

More Info: http://www.mondellopark.ie/jap-fest

2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 4 – Fermoy [RESULTS]

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The 4th round of the Irish Drift Championships really shook up the championship chase. Favorite James Deane ended a 3-year undefeated streak in the Top 8 when he came in too hot on entry and made contact with fellow competitor Barry Leonard. Young guns Jack Shanihan and Tomas Kiely both got knocked out in the top 16 round, which made room for some new faces on the podium. Top Qualifier John McCarthy started the weekend off strongly, but his brother Paul McCarthy would take the top step of the podium.

Here are the results:

1st – Paul McCarthy – E36 BMW Coupe
2nd – Shane O’Sullivan – Nissan S15
3rd – Alan Lenihan – Nissan S13.5 Coupe

2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 3 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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How strong are the Irish drivers? Not only was their 11-year unbeaten streak on home soil continued, but the top two drivers aren’t even old enough to earn their drivers license here in the US! 15-year-old Tomas Kiely defeated 15-year-old Jack Shanahan in the all-Irish final, with fellow countryman Dean Kearney taking third place over his Achilles Tire teammate Daigo Saito. For those wondering, Ryan Tuerck was taken out in top 32, and Robbie Nishida was unable to qualify after his initial car was totaled in practice and he jumped into a borrowed ProAm car just moments before qualifying started.

Results:
1st – Tomas Kiely
2nd – Jack Shanahan
3rd – Dean Kearney
4th – Daigo Saito

A replay is available here: http://livestream.com/accounts/2258088/events/4171614