The Irish Drift Championship is one of the most competitive drifting series of the year and it has never been won by anyone other than an Irishman. However this year was different Forrest Wang was on a mission, a mission to beat the Irish, where Fredric Aasbø, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida and Ryan Tuerck had failed Wang was going to succeed.
Wang is an incredibly likeable and friendly Hawaiian who now resides in Las Vegas and competes in the Formula Drift series. However unlike his off track persona of being polite and friendly on track he is a focused driver looking to win at all costs, which possibly made him the best driver to “beat the streak”. For the event Wang was supplied with a left-hand drive D-Mac 240SX to do battle, and battle it was.
However the competition was not going to be easy, Wang would be up against Ireland’s finest including current IDC Champion James Deane and wonder kids like Tomás Kiel and Jack Shanahan who are both 16.
Wang driving well progressed through the top 16 and top 8, to compete against Shane O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan is a former British Drift Championship champion, but he had never won an IDC event and had also been set on breaking his own duck. However, a mistake saw Wang eliminated by O’Sullivan and the unbeaten streak lives on.
In the final, O’Sullivan went head to head against Duane McKeeever, a previous IDC champion. There was little to separate the two drivers, but I think in the end, McKeever’s more aggressive chase run gave him the edge and the overall victory at the first round.