Drift Allstars Europe and the Irish Drift Championship came together to create an incredible international head-to-head as the best of Drift Allstars took on the elite of the Irish Drift Championship at Mondello Park, near Dublin, Ireland. Dubbed ‘Global Warfare III’, the gauntlet was thrown down to the best from Drift Allstars to overcome to natural drifting talent of the Irish Drift Championship.
Unbeaten on home soil, the Irish drivers would welcome drivers from all around the world to see who would come out on top. Competition cars came from as far afield as South Africa and Australia, a cumulative 50,000bhp invaded Mondello Park with 15 nations represented. Global Warfare brought perhaps the largest international drift battle since the inaugural Red Bull Drifting World Championship in 2008.
It would be 16-year-old Irish drift prodigy Jack Shanahan who would maintain Ireland’s 13-year unbeaten streak after overcoming Drift Allstars champion James Deane in the final. Lithuania’s Andrius Vasiliauskas beat Ireland’s Mike Fitz in the third place playoff to secure his place on the podium.
A tense top 32 soon whittled down to 16, and things were looking neck and neck, with eight drivers remaining on both IDC and Drift Allstars teams. Norway’s Fredrik Øksnevad was out to upset everyone’s day, first beating Polish champion Piotr Więcek before knocking out Ireland’s Shane O’Sullivan. He would meet an on-form Shanahan in the Great 8, but he could not overcome the young Irishman. On the other side of the bracket 2015 Lithuanian Drift Champion Vasiliauskas took no prisoners, first beating Ireland’s Paul McCarthy and England’s Matt Carter before taking out the IDC Championship leader Duane McKeever.
In a battle fit for the finals, Drift Allstars veterans Janis Eglite, from Latvia, and Deane duked it out too, with Deane taking a narrow victory. Deane also dealt justice to Vasiliauskas in the Semifinals as Shanahan beat fellow countryman Fitz in the other Semi.
In the Final, Deane and Shanahan’s duel would be one of the best seen on Irish soil, with neither driver wanting to concede the important victory. With results counting towards both IDC and Drift Allstars standings, a lot was on the line. After two explosive runs the judges had their winner by a narrow margin – 16 year old Shanahan raised the flag for Ireland and beat his mentor, Deane.
The fourth round of the 2016 Extreme Drift Allstars Series sees the championship head to Laitse Rally Park in Estonia on 29-30th July for the Estonian Drift GP. Back in the IDC the 4th round will be held August 13th and 14th at Watergrasshill.