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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/

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

2016 Drift Allstars Round 7 – Hungarian GP [RESULTS]

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Steve “Baggsy” Biagoni pulled off what many have considered nearly impossible, defeating James Deane in a tandem competition. Over the past several seasons, Deane has looked unstoppable, but Baggsy was able to pull away from Deane in his lead run to earn the advantage and the overall event win. Max Heidrich was able to hold off local up-and-coming driver Andras Molnar in the consolation round to take the final rung of the podium. Deane ended up clinching the Drift All Stars championship, his fourth career championship in the series.

Here’s a look at the final round results from Mariapocs Circuit in Hungary:

  1. Steve “Baggsy” Biagoni – UK – Monster Energy

  2. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Motorsport

  3. Max Heidrich – Germany – Durst GMBH/ Team SB

  4. Andras “Axl” Molnar – Hungary – Molnar Drift Team

Check out the event highlights below:

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

 

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

2015 Drift Allstars Round 5 – Lithuania [RESULTS]

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Drift Allstars Round 5 featured an incredible track on actual city streets in the city of Kaunas (including drifting over a bridge – possibly a first in international drift competition?) and some awesome tandem action. Some familiar names made it back to the podium, including James Deane who continues his incredible run this season with his seventh podium of the year by our count. Drift Allstars allows drivers to drop their lowest score of the season, so the championship chase is still alive for the final round in Warsaw Poland on October 9th and 10th.

Here are the results from Kaunas, Lithuania:

1st – Piotr Wiecek – Budmat Auto Nissan S14- Poland
2nd – James Deane – Falken Motorsports Nissan S14 – Ireland
3rd – Nigel Colfer – Tri Ace Tyre S13 – Ireland
4th – Janis Eglite – Tri-Ace Tyre BMW E46 – Latvia

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 Drift Allstars Round 4 – Estonia [RESULTS]

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Just a week after Drift Allstars held round 3 in Latvia, drivers traveled around 300 km North to battle at Laitse Rallypark in Estonia. Formula D driver Odi Bakchis even made an appearance, although he would get knocked out in the top 16. At the end of the day, here’s a look at who stood atop the podium:

1st – Piotr Wiecek – Budmat Auto Nissan R34- Poland

2nd – Janis Eglet – Tri-Ace Tyre BMW E46 – Latvia

3rd – James Deane – Falken Motorsports Nissan S14 – Ireland

4th – Luke Fink – Low Brain Drifters / Fast Factory Nissan S13 – Australia

2015 Drift Allstars Round 3 – Riga, Latvia [RESULTS]

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James Deane has looked nearly unstoppable recently, and his performance in Drift Allstars is no different. After winning the last round in Sweden, Deane faced some tough competition from some of the top names in European drifting today in Latvia, but walked away with the win. Deane will extend his lead in the overall championship with this win.

Here’s the results from Riga, Latvia:

1st – James Deane – Falken Motorsports S14

2nd – Janis Eglet – TriAce Tyres BMW E46

3rd – Bartosz Stolarski – Achilles Tire S14

4th – Kristaps Bluss – HGK Motorsports E46

Matt Field Gearing up for Formula Drift Japan

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Matt Field went to Daigo Saito’s automotive museum (or personal garage) and picked out this car to rent for the FD Japan weekend. Charles Ng will be in the Team Orange Evo X and the rest of the field is pretty limited with Formula Drift USA drivers. The performance of the few USA drivers this weekend will really help us determine who is going to make a run for the first Formula Drift World Championship trophy.