James Deane Champion at Irish Drift Championship Round 4 Cork

29 July 2013

James Deane Wins the IDC - Owen's First Championship of 2013

It only took four rounds but James Deane has been crowned 2013 IDC Champion in his Owen's ODGTX3076 powered RX7 with an event still to run. From the first round James has looked on fantastic form this season, winning three out of four rounds so far and regularly qualifying on the top spot in the Falken RX7. He's been the favourite for the Championship all season and certainly hasn't disappointed, congratulations from everyone at Owen's on a job well done!

Round 4 of the Championship was held in very changeable conditions, there were enough downpours to force many of the field to do their Superlap or to qualify in the wet, or worse still on a mostly dry track still littered with puddles and damp patches. Qualifying went well for James, scoring an impressive 98.5 on his first run. It looked like it was going to take a superhuman effort from his rivals to prevent James leaving the event with the Championship tied up.

As the top Qualifier, James had to do his Superlap last, and when he was third from the front of the queue the heavens opened. With the Championship up for grabs this weekend nothing was getting in his way and promptly scored 30/30 in the worst conditions of the weekend! In this sort of form, the battles should be easy pickings.

The first Top 16 battle was against Kevin O’Connell, who on his first run gave James a thump on the rear bumper, luckily with no major damage to report. On his chase run, James stayed right on Kevin’s door cleanly and was awarded the win. For the Top 8 battle James was drawn against his elder brother Mike, but he was completely unfazed and had another clean, smooth run and advancing to the next round.

The Top 4 battles were next with James being drawn against 2nd place qualifier Brian Egan. Brian however had a spin on his lead run, handing the advantage and a trip to yet another final to James. In the final itself James was able to cruise away from Alan Lenihan without reply, earning himself the win and the Championship in one go!

On the other side of the fence, the man with the best chance to deny James Deane in the Championship was Japspeed and Owen’s supported driver Shane O’Sullivan. After qualifying and the Superlap, he was drawn against Chris Brady in the Top 16. Sadly, that was where his event ended after being eliminated. It was a similar story for WKD Imports and Owen’s support driver Barry Leonard. He too qualified well only to be eliminated in the Top 16 by Alan Lenihan. Better luck next time out guys!

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