Following more than a week of sneak peeks, teasers and hype the second round of the 2015 Irish Drift Championship landed at Green Glens Arena at the weekend. With over 100 drivers tearing up the special indoor circuit to over 2,500 seated spectators combined with a full light and sound system it is fair to say the event definitely lived up to all that anticipation.
With fresh Maxxis Tyres at the ready Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan arrived at Green Glens eager to get out on track and put the Japspeed RB25-powered S15 through its paces.
Here at Japspeed we’re no strangers to drifting indoors – but having said that we’ve never drifted indoors competitively before. With the world’s first fully enclosed indoor competition drift event ahead of us it made sense to make the most of the available practice time. With that in mind it wasn’t long before the atmosphere in the Arena began to get smoky.
With the Semi-Pro and Rookie class action having taken place the day before, Sunday’s event brought an immense air of expectation for the Pros to ramp things up a gear.
With a number of successful practice runs Shane stormed through qualifying with an 88 point score, placing him 7th going into the top 16 – avoiding the sudden death battles.
An excitingly formidable track layout featuring 8 walled clipping points meant it wouldn’t be long before we started to see some smashes and crashes. Such was the fate of fellow Japspeed sponsored driver Lluis Lopez, who following a collision with Christy Carpenter faced the end of his charge for the podium early on in the contest.
Meanwhile charging his way through to the great 8, Sully would soon come up against IDC Round 1 champion James Deane. With highly impressive runs from both drivers slight contact from Shane gave the judges no choice but to award the win to James putting an end to Shane’s weekend.
All in all an incredible weekend and one that will remain in the memory of every IDC fan and competitor for a long time to come we’re sure. From all at Team Japspeed we’d like to congratulate James Deane, Jack Shanahan and John Paul McCarthy on taking the podium!
We’d also like to thank all our partners for their continued support throughout 2015 as we look ahead to Round 2 of the British Drift Championship at the infamous Knockhill Racing Circuit on 13th-14th June!
The Irish Drift Championship returns to Mondello Park on 4th-5th July for Round 3 of the series.