It has been a busy few weeks for us here in the office with the launch of our Soft99 product range along with the Drift Games kicking off we have been running around making sure everything was in order. Easter weekend kicked off, what is to be an exciting year for the Drift Game Extreme calendar. With a sold out crowd at Mondello on a scorching weekend, the crowd were blessed with an action packed event! We are one of the core sponsors of the Drift Games for 2019. Formally known as the Irish Drift Champion, this competition is at the heart of Irish motorsport, filling Mondello Park to the brim throughout their events calendar. The fresh new look to the brand along with the new format of racing and rules has really built up a huge level of excitement for the year ahead.
For those of you who are are unfamiliar with the series it is split into two categories DG Extreme and DG Nationals. The extreme event is specifically for the professionals battling it out to be number one! While the national competition is for Irish drivers looking to break into the premier event! The standard is getting better year in year out, with the Drift games producing some of the hottest talents on the global circuit with the likes of James Dean and Jack Shanahan, both beginning their career in Ireland.
Looking back at the 1st round of the Drift Game Extreme, it was eventful as always. With racing like this, you are always expecting some contact due to the nature of the sport, but this round really had a lot of it. The biggest incident of them happened when Lee Scott went up against Andy Earle, the battle was over before it even began when Andy shot off the line ahead of Lee. As Andy was the chasing car he is required to follow Lee, because of this Andy had to slow down, which caused him to clip the rear tyre of Lees car. The collision meant the BMW of Scott had to be repaired swiftly to get the car back in action for the later rounds.
(Lee Scotts BMW)
Continuing on throughout the weekend we had one of the youngest and most talent drivers, Conor Shanahan in action before he heads off to represent Ireland on the European Circuit. Shanahan had a great event considering the circumstances he found himself in, having to change cars several times building up to the event. In the end, he had to retire from the event due to his engine overheating, meaning Ryan Caldwell progressed to the final 4. The Shanahans problems continued as Conor’s brother Jack failed on him meaning Lee Scott moved on to the last 4, impressive feat considering his collision earlier on in the competition.
(A dejected Conor Shanahan, tries to figure out where it all went wrong)
With a mix of mechanically failures, collisions and some impressive transitions, the final of the first Drift Games Extreme event boiled down to Alan Hynes & Mark McBurney, both drivers featuring in their first final ever! From the offset, both drivers went for it, the drivers were so close that the judges voted OMT (one more time) decision after two runs. In the end, Alan Hynes edged the decision, but without doubt, McBurney was still delighted finishing second, while Ryan Caldwell did well to hold off Lee Scott for 3rd position.
Top 4 Results
1st Alan Hynes
2nd Mark McBurney
3rd Ryan Caldwell
4th Lee Scott
(LTR Mark McBurney Alan Hynes Ryan Caldwell)
Now all eyes focus on the next Drift Games Extreme event which is taking place out on the pier in Dun Laoighre on the 11th and 12th of May, an incredible backdrop for such a great event. With only 2,500 tickets available its sure to be a sell out audience once again. Tickets are available now on the Drift Games website so make sure to get yours before they are gone! We hope you enjoyed this quick recap on what was a brilliant first event, as always if you having questions regarding car parts, car accessories or even tools, simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will help you get the best price every time!
Until next time,
MicksGarage.com the Car Parts Experts.
(Alan Hynes & Mark McBurney battling it out)