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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

2016 Formula Drift Round 2 [RESULTS]

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An exhausting long day put Vaughn Gittin Jr. back in the record books with a victory in his new S550 Mustang. This photograph from amazing local photographer Andrew Mesa shows you just how crazy his new setup is. The last time a driver qualified first and won the event was back in 2014 in Seattle. Darren McNamara did the double in his S14 while beating Irish compatriot Dean Kearney in the finals. Another interesting fact is this the exact same podium as Wall Speedway back in 2012. What a throwback? Alec Hohnadell just missed his first podium with a fourth place finish. With the added eight round and the top three in championship points going home in Top 32 – the championship is looking the most wide open in Formula Drift history! Here is how they finished –

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Dai Yoshihara
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Alec Hohnadell

Darren McNamara Has His Insane AE86 Rolling Shell [FOR SALE]

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Darren McNamara has his 1983 Toyota AE86 up for sale without an engine and transmission. The car right now is short an engine, gearbox, dry sump system, and intercooler setup but you can buy it now for 15,000 Euros. The car has been featured in Need for Speed Shift 2 video game. It has also been seen on the cover of MAX Power and Japanese Performance car magazine. If you had plans to build an over the top AE86 this season or year it might be a worthwhile purchase for you. The car is currently located in Ireland.

 

For Sale: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281616792719?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

FBF – James Deane vs. Darren McNamara Was Awesome [VIDEO]

The 2015 year is kicking off a little slow so I dug up this video from the Wrecked Magazine Archives. This video takes us back to 2010 when James Deane arrived in America and given the keys to a “crappy and undriveable” S15 Silvia that had been campaigned with little success in previous Formula Drift years by other drivers. Legend has it, James Deane and his team flew to Amreica, had one test day and threw an alignment at it which resulted in him qualifying for Streets of Long Beach. In an emotionally charged run to the Final Four he wound up running his Irish compatriot Darren McNamara who helped him come to the States in the first place. He sent Darren McNamara packing after this wild wall smacking performance in the Great 8. He went on to battle Tanner Foust in the Final Four and lost but what a run he had that weekend. We have been big cheerleaders on his return to the States but nobody has coughed up a ride for him just yet while he wins everything in Europe over and over again. If you want to learn more about James Deane, I did a really fun interview with him when he was visiting the United States a while back which you can see here.

Darren McNamara’s MCNSport 86 Can Be Yours [FOR SALE]

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The AE86 Toyota Corolla built by MCNSPORT and driven by Darren McNamara in Europe. The car orginally came to life as a Need for Speed Shift 2 video game build which you can still pick up and drive this car in the game. If you have a larger budget however, you can purchase this car in real life and drift it wherever you please. The car has a current look close to what is shown below.

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2014 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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All seven rounds of Formula Drift are in the books for 2014. Chris Forsberg ends up the 2014 champion but a margin of just 11 points which came down to the very last tandem battle of 2014. Daigo Saito finally had a motor hold together and was able to make a huge jump in the championship points as well. All Top 32 drivers are given a Pro license for next year while 33 and beyond are relegated into Pro 2. Here is how they finished:

1. Chris Forsberg
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Odi Bakchis
5. Forrest Wang
6. Kenneth Moen
7. Darren McNamara
8. Dean Kearney
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Robbie Nishida
12. Ryan Tuerck
13. Ken Gushi
14. Daigo Saito
15. Matt Field
16. Michael Essa
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Falken Tire Stepping Down from Team Ownership in 2015 [RUMORMILL]

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Falken Tire is rumored to be stepping back its drifting program after the end of this weekend at Irwindale Speedway. Falken Tire is known in sporting as a “factory team” that staffs its own crew, rigs, and cars while hiring drivers to perform in events. The company is planning to step back after 2014 and just sponsor drivers for next season putting them in line with how most other tire companies function in the sport. It will be interesting to see how this transition works out for certain drivers next season. Sources have told us that Justin Pawlak and Dai Yoshihara have both been offered the cars for next season and some sponsor money. This is the talk around the paddock this weekend.

Chris Forsberg Coming to Irish Drift Championship in 240sx

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IDC is coming into a wild Round 5 this weekend with Japfest. The car is built/maintained by Darren McNamara and was used at Global Warfare by Matt Powers. Now that Vaughn Gittin Jr. walked out of KOE Valencia with a win we wonder if Chris Forsberg can back that up with a win this weekend for a true American takeover of the European drift world.

Vaughn Gittin Jr & Chris Forsberg to attend IDC Round 5 / Japfest in Ireland [MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT]

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Earlier this year, Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida made the trip out to Ireland to compete in the Irish Drift Championship, and later this month, Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr will be out to compete. Forsberg will be driving the LHD S13 car built by fellow Formula D competitor Darren McNamara, while Vaughn Gittin Jr will be competing in one of the many Ford Mustang RTR’s he has around the world. These two are the latest to join the impressive roster of drivers who have made the trip to the Emerald Isle. Matt Powers was also at the same event Saito and Nishida attended, and Dai Yoshihara even drove in Ireland back in 2012 when the ProDrift series was still around. Ireland touts a 10-year undefeated streak on home soil, despite the frequent visitors from both the US as well as the UK and the rest of Europe. That streak is in serious jeopardy heading into this round at Mondello Park, which even made it on our Top 10 Drift Vacations list a few months back.

If you’re in the area and you don’t have tickets, we highly suggest you get them soon!

2014 Irish Drift Championship Round 4 at Ennis [RESULTS]

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Some memorable battles came out of the Irish Drift Championship’s Round 4 weekend in Ennis. The one battle everyone keeps talking about was Darren McNamara vs. Duane Mckeever! You can watch this battle and the whole event right here from this Livestream. While all this was going on in the podium battles Duan Mckeever took home the championship for 2014! He locked in the championship at the age of 18 years old with one whole round of the IDC to spare! Here is how they finished up:

1st. Alan Lenihan
2nd. Shane O’Sullivan
3rd. Darren McNamara

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