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Drift Allstars Sweden, IDC Global Warfare

06 July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend saw Drift Allstars head to Scandinavia for the Swedish Drift Grand Prix while the Irish Drift Championship invited drifting royalty to Mondello Park for Global Warfare. Would James Deane regain the lead in the Drift Allstars standings and would Jack Shanahan be able to capitalise on his absence and cut his lead in the IDC?

 Irish Drift Championship – Mondello Park Global Warfare

It’s that time of year again; the Irish Drift Championship is at Mondello for Global Warfare!

This year’s selection of invited international drivers to take on the eleven year Irish winning streak is much stronger than last year and featured a host of Owen Developments boosted competitors including Danny Eyles (ODGTX3076R-M), Paul Smith (ODGT3586HTA-M) and Formula Drift points leader Ryan Tuerck in JapSpeed’s IS200 joining the IDC regulars.

Championship leader James Deane (ODGT3588HTZ-M) was away competing in Sweden (see below) meaning that his closest Championship rival and fellow Owen Developments sponsored driver Jack Shanahan (GTX4088R) would have to try to capitalise against the toughest IDC grid possible!

In the end the Irish undefeated streak would stand with the last overseas competitor, Daigo Saito, eliminated in the Semi Finals. On the opposite side of the bracket Jack Shanahan came up against Formula Drift regular Dean ‘Karnage’ Kearney and won an exciting battle against one of the toughest drivers competing, setting up a final against Tomás Kiely. Both Shanahan and Kiely are among the youngest drivers competing with no quarter given for their first IDC win. This time, Kiely was able to gain the upper hand on Shanahan to take the win. Jack would be satisfied though, as the gap to James Deane in the Championship is much reduced…

 Drift Allstars – Swedish Drift GP

A week after wowing the crowds at Goodwood Festival of Speed James Deane was back to work in the defence of his Drift Allstars title. Round 2 of the Drift Allstars series brings the most talented drifters from across Europe head to Eskilstuna Arena for the Swedish Drift Grand Prix.

James’ skills in his Owen Developments ODGT3588HTZ-M boosted 2JZ Silvia came to the fore once again as he secured 1st in Qualifying with a score of 96, with a comfortable margin over 2nd place qualifier Janis Eglite.

Come Sunday’s main event following a small number of retirements 29 drivers remained in action. Drift Allstars regulars Dmitriy Illyuk and Joachim Waagaard both took surprise exits from the competition in the first bracket, and were soon followed by Janis Eglite in his E46 during the Top 16, as he lost out to Slovakian driver Roman Kolesár. Norwegian Fredrik Øksnevad was on form in his V8-powered Toyota Soarer but was ousted in the Top 8 by Swedish driver David Skogsby. In the third place playoff, Skogsby would meet fellow Swede Alexander Granlund, with Granlund putting on a consistent show in his 750bhp BMW M3 and taking third place on the podium.

When it came to the final, James Deane would meet friend and rival Nigel Colfer in an all-Irish head-to-head. The drivers have spent a lot of time together on- and off-track, and neither concedes an inch when it comes to fighting for silverware. After a solid chase run by Colfer, it was Deane’s turn to follow. After an almost-equal chase run, the judges reached a tough decision – Deane had just done enough to claim his spot back on the top step of the podium, putting him at the top of the points table going into round 3.

 


 

 
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