What an incredible weekend! Combine a host of phenomenal Irish drifters with an 11yr streak of being undefeated on home soil with a determined cast of International drivers from around the world at an event which only gets bigger year on year and you have an awesome weekend of drift action ahead….here is what went down at Irish Drift Championship 2015 – Global Warfare 2!
The weekend started early for us setting off from HQ a few days before in order to make the most of the available practice time on the Friday. Hitting the event in full force with Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith, Danny Eyles and Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan being joined by Formula D drifting legend and fellow Maxxis Tyres driver Ryan Tuerck!
With the Rookie and Semi-Pro battles taking place on Saturday 4th we had some time to kick back and take in the sights and smells of Mondello Park….who doesn’t love the sight and smell of burning rubber and tyre smoke, right? This also provided Paul Smith a chance to talk shop with our International guest and gain some valuable insight which may help with his new build.
The Saturday would also see all our drivers taking to the track for practice – an ideal opportunity for Ryan to re-acquaint himself with our IS200 since his last trip to see us in 2011. It is fair to say it didn’t take him long to get to grips with the Lexus and the weather over Mondello Park to become that much cloudier.
After a well-earned Guinness on Saturday evening the big day came and it was time for the Pro class event. All four drivers took to the track in the morning, putting in some strong qualifying runs. Sully, Danny and Ryan would all take qualifying positions in the top 10. Unfortunately a mechanical issue would bring an early end to Paul Smith’s bid for the podium.
Sully would face fellow Irishman Paul Murphy in his top 32 battle. With both drivers going hard we would see Shane advance to the top 16!
Meanwhile Danny would get up close and personal with the legendary Daigo Saito. Unfortunately engine issues would put an end to Danny’s weekend with Daigo advancing to the top 16.
Ryan Tuerck would come up against Barry Leonard in his top 32 battle. With a couple of very strong runs from both drivers and a tough call for the judges Ryan Tuerck would see an end to his weekend in the form of Barry Leonard’s S15!
Meanwhile Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan would continue his charge for the podium into the top 16 against rising star Chuck ‘Chucky’ Geary who had qualified for the Pro class event the day before. With highly competitive runs from both Sully and Chucky it would the seasoned pro that carried the Team Japspeed flag forward to the top 8.
Drawn against Tomas Keily in his top 8 showdown Sully would have it all to play for. Unfortunately on this occasion Sully would see a premature end to his weekend after a very close fought contest for both drivers.
All in all and incredible weekend and an amazing time spent with fellow Maxxis Tyres driver Ryan Tuerck – we can’t wait to have him back over to drive with us again. We now look ahead to round 3 of the British Drift Championship taking place at Teesside Autodrome on 11th-12th July! Information and tickets are available from the BDC website here.
We’ll see you there!