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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 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Southwest Drift held their first round of ProAm competition over the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, utilizing the Outside Road Course (ORC) to give drivers a unique track to showcase their drifting skills. The judges tower featured a star-studded lineup of judges including Forrest Wang, Alec Hohnadell, Joe Tardiff, Danny George, and George Kiriakopoulos. Vegas Drift, which operates the Southwest Drift series, has produced several Formula D drivers including Wang, George, and Odi Bakchis in the past. The next round of the Southwest Drift ProAm will take place over Memorial Day weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado.

Here are the final results from Southwest Drift Round 1:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Nick Gross
3rd: Austin Kregle

Photo: Hans Marquez via Vegas Drift

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

Pat Cyr to sit out 2017 Formula Drift Canada season

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Pat Cyr took to social media to announce that he would be sitting out the Formula Drift Canada season to pursue rally racing. Cyr joins a growing list of drivers who are pursuing other motorsports this season instead of drifting.

My team and I have been competing for 10 years now in pro drifting all across North America and I just feel like I need a change this season. So to change things up, we will be building a @toyotacanada 86 for Production 2wd rally! I’ve been wanting to try rally car driving for many years now, so this year we will make it happen!

Cyr was the 2015 Formula Drift Canada champion, and has been runner up in the Drift Mania championship series on three different occasions. Cyr has long been associated with the Toyota and Scion brands, competing initially in an AE86 before moving into an FR-S back in 2013.

2017 Evergreen Drift Pro-Am Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Photo Credit: Shinchoku

The first round of the five round series at Evergreen Speedway took place over the weekend, with a growing number of entries over previous years. The tandem event started with a major upset as 16th qualifier Brian Lockbaum took out top qualifier  Zach Farrar in the first tandem battle. In the end, some new faces found themselves on the podium, which sets the stage for the rest of the series taking place throughout the summer.

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

1st Place – Patrick Heald
2nd Place – Tyler Grimsley
3rd Place – TJ Fry

2017 Formula Drift Long Beach Round 1 [GALLERY]

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The 2017 kicked off with a great event shot by Justin Kaehler. We have a complete collection of images covering the Streets of Long Beach and the first career victory of James Deane in his S15 Silvia. Ryan Tuerck was on fire, DeNofa looked wild in his ne Mustang RTR, and a bunch of Europeans made their Formula Drift debut.

Check out the Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wreckedmagazine/albums/72157682266689316

2017 Formula Drift Motegi Super Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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For the fifth consecutive year, Motegi Wheels sponsored the tandem competition that happens at Long Beach Grand Prix, which means a nice prize pool for those drivers who stick around in Southern California after the first round of the season. This year, there would be two different competitions occuring, one Friday and one Saturday. With the expanded schedule, qualifying was skipped in favor of a random draw. Only 14 drivers would enter the event, which meant a few more bye runs this time around. But with two full nights of competition, the Grand Prix crowds got two full nights of drifting under the lights!

Forrest Wang and Ryan Litteral, who are both eligible to run in the Formula Drift Pro series but are choosing to sit the season out, would both enter the event. Formula Drift Pro 2 driver Trent Beechum would also drive in the event.

For the second consecutive year, Matt Field took home a first place trophy. Field won Friday’s competition, with Alex Heilbrunn taking home second place and Forrest Wang winning third place. Heilbrunn took home the bridesmaid trophy for the second consecutive weekend after a major collision between Heilbrunn and Field shortly after initiation was determined to be his fault. Both cars sustained pretty substantial damage in the collision, but both drivers were able to make repairs in less than 24 hours and return for the second night of action.

Motegi Super Drift Friday Results:

1st – Matt Field
2nd – Alex Heilbrunn
3rd – Forrest Wang

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For the second night, the tandem brackets were again randomly drawn, and for the second consecutive evening, Alex Heilbrunn found himself in the final round. This time, he would face Forrest Wang, who has never won a Formula Drift event previously, exhibition or otherwise. Wang would emerge the victor, claiming his first career Formula Drift win. Heilbrunn earned his third consecutive carbon fiber trophy, while Dean Kearney would wheel his Dodge Viper to a third place finish.

Motegi Super Drift Saturday Results:

1st – Forrest Wang
2nd – Alex Heilbrunn
3rd – Dean Kearney

Federico Sceriffo Set to Debut Ferrari 599 in Formula Drift

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Rumor on the street is Italian Federico Sceriffo is headed to Formula Drift this season with this yellow Ferrari 599 in tow. A possible Orlando Speed World or Road Atlanta debut is just around the corner for this professional drifter. Here are some videos of him in action in case you have never seen him drift before.

More info on him and car:
https://www.instagram.com/fsceriffo/

https://www.instagram.com/fffdrifting/

A Historical Look at How the Formula Drift Long Beach Winner Finishes the Season

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I made some bold claims that Long Beach wasn’t very relevant to the big picture of a Formula Drift championship. I opted to put my money where my mouth was and crunch the numbers from the past 10 seasons. James Deane and his performance in Long Beach looks like it is about 30% likely to bring him home a Formula Drift championship. An impressive 50% chance he will finish in the Top 3 of Formula Drift this year and an even more impressive statistic of 70% likely to finish in the Top 5. Below is the data I compiled to create these statistics.

2007 Winner – Mitsuru Haraguchi (Finished Season 12th)
2008 Winner – Chris Forsberg (Finished Season 5th)
2009 Winner – Ryan Tuerck (Finished Season 2nd)
2010 Winner – Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Finish Season 1st)
2011 Winner – Justin Pawlak (Finish Season 2nd)
2012 Winner – Justin Pawlak (Finish Season 4th)
2013 Winner – Dai Yoshihara (Finish Season 11th)
2014 Winner – Chris Forsberg (Finish Season 1st)
2015 Winner – Fredric Aasbo (Finish Season 1st)

2016 Winner – Chelsea DeNofa (Finish Season 17th)

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