Posts Tagged "Ireland"

2016 Irish Drift Championships Round 4 – Watergrasshill [RESULTS]


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

2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 4 – Fermoy [RESULTS]


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

Club Loose expands to Ireland [GRASSROOTS]


Over the weekend, we noticed a new fan page had been setup for Club Loose Ireland. After some digging around, it looks like this is a confirmed situation. 2009 Formula D Rookie-of-the-year Eric O’Sullivan has recently returned back to his native country (rumored with a Solstice in tow), and will be extending the grassroots organization to a new continent. Club Loose is one of the most famed grassroots organizations in the drifting community, and boasts alumni like Steve Angerman, Mats Baribeau, and Geoff Stoneback, all of which have clearly left their impact on competitive drifting events. O’Sullivan cited a lack of events in Ireland where drivers can get seat time and drive with their friends without the pressures of a competition, and hopes to offer the same sort of fun environment that Club Loose is known for.

The first event has tentatively been scheduled for May, with more details coming as they get confirmed.

For those unfamiliar with Club Loose, here’s a video profile of the group that was done by the people over at AutoBlog:

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


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!

James Deane Testing his 2JZ S14 Nissan 240sx [VIDEO]


James Deane leaks the first video of himself testing his newly built 2JZ powered Nissan 240sx. The testing went down at Kart World Adventure Centre in Cork, Ireland. James car looks pretty insane in testing and is featuring WiseFab suspension on the new build.


Watch the video:

Dean Kearney to compete in MG Crash Repairs S15 in IDC [NEWS]


Dean Kearney announced today that he’ll be competing in the Irish Drifting Championships (IDC) in the MG Crash Repairs S15. Kearney won the Pro Drift European Series championship in 2009, while MG Crash Repairs won the Pro Drift championship in 2012 with Brendan Stone behind the wheel (pictured above). MG Crash Repairs is the same team that loaned a car to Dai Yoshihara back in 2012 at ProDrift, where Dai won second only behind teammate Brendan Stone. Kearney mentioned in his press release that the car will have a 550hp RB26 motor, which is a pretty big change from his supercharged 8.3L Dodge Viper which he competes in for the Formula Drift championship in the US. The car is a fresh build, not the same car that Stone used in the ProDrift championship.

Kearney released a quote as well, shown below:

I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to compete in my native country again” said Dean Kearney.

“Ive been pretty much out of the Irish drift scene for 4 years now with FD commitments but I’ve always followed the scene very closely and attended several events while home as a spectators. The Irish drivers have proven themselves to be some of the strongest drivers in Europe time and time again, So having the opportunity to come back and compete in a proper competition car was always important for me. I’ve always admired the prep of MG Crash Repairs S15’s so when the opportunity came about it was pretty much a no-brainer. I started my career in a RHD S-chassis car, so it will be good to get back to my roots after competing so long in the Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper in the US. We will be testing before this weekend gets underway so I can get re-accustom to sitting on the other side of the car again.

All in all, I’m looking forward to this weekend and hope I can do Mark and the Team proud.

James Deane Interview – Wrecked Weekly Episode 1 [VIDEO]

We finally dropped our new project Wrecked Weekly where we sit down with a professional drifter once a week until the end of time. These interviews will be released every Thursday! Our first every episode is with 2013 Irish Drift Champion James Deane who was visiting from Ireland and came by the Wrecked Magazine office for a quick visit/interview. Our 20 minute interview brings up his 2014 plans to be in Drift-Allstars, his favorite alcoholic drink, the Rubberbandits, and how his Mazda Rx-7 was put together for the 2013 season.

We chatted for about five minutes and turned on the cameras for our first ever Wrecked Weekly episode. We have currently shot about 10 episodes now and we have learned quite a bit. I am excited that the quality, timeframe, and things have improved with each episode we have done. Look out for interviews coming from Mike Pollard, Chris Forsberg, Robbie Nishida, JR Hildebrand, Dmitriy Illyuk, and much more!

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2013 Irish Drifting Championship schedule

Today is just full of scheduling news! In addition to the XDC and FD schedule news today, Irish Drifting Championships have announced their calendar. Although the majority of the schedule had previously been announced, the dates for the 4th event in Cork have been updated. This series essentially replaces ProDrift in Ireland, and should feature many of the same top tier talent that ProDrift has enjoyed for the past several years including James Deane, Shane O’Sullivan, Brendan Stone, and others.

  • Round 1 – Mondello Park, Co. Kildare – April 19th-21st
  • Round 2 – Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare – May 24th-26th
  • Round 3 – Ennis, Co. Clare – June 29th/30th
  • Round 4 – Corrin Event Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork – July 27th-28th
  • Round 5 – Mondello Park, Co. Kildare – September 6th-8th

The rulebook for the 2013 IDC can be downloaded here. Questions, particularly about rules or driver inquiries, can be emailed to

James Deane does it again – Wins ProDrift Round 4 [RESULTS]

James Deane has been on a roll this year, winning the last round of Drift Allstars and now claiming the podium in his third consecutive ProDrift round. Deane took out Brendan Stone in the final, while Alan Lenihan took the last podium spot, defeating Damien Mulvey in the consolation round. All four drivers are in a tight race to win the ProDrift championship, so it will be interesting to see how the championship standings shape up after this round.

1st – James Deane – Full Stop Performance FD RX7
2nd – Brendan Stone – MG Crash Repairs S15
3rd – Alan Lenihan – Hankook Tyre S13.5
4th – Damien Mulvey – MG Crash Repairs S15

2012 Pro Drift Ireland Has Arrived with 5 Rounds [SCHEDULE]

The guys in Europe (Ireland) are coming up with a big and fun 2012 series. They have produced several Formula Drift drivers past/present from former champions so keep your eye out at these events for up and coming talent.

Round 1 Ennis, Co.Clare April 14th/15th
Round 2 Punchestown, Co. Kildare May 25th/26th/27th
Round 3 Fermoy, Co. Cork July 14th/15th
Round 4 Tullyroan, Co. Tyrone August 18th/19th
Round 5 Mondello, Co. Kildare September 8th/9th