Drifting to Victory: My Team’s Journey in the Ireland Drift Masters European Championship

On May 8-9, my team and I traveled to Ireland for the first round of the Drift Masters European Championship. The trip was long and tiring, but we were ready for action on the track. During our practice runs on Friday, we had the opportunity to chase the world’s best drift driver, James Deane, and gather data on the track and car. On Saturday, the qualification day, we discovered an issue with the front suspension of the car and fixed it before my qualification runs. Despite a strong first run and a zero on the second, I advanced to the TOP 32 and faced off against current WRC point leader Kalle Rovanpera. Although my car ran out of tires during the second run, the experience and knowledge gained from this event will be valuable as we make adjustments for the next round in Austria. Stay tuned for updates on our journey in the Ireland Drift Masters European Championship.

Drift Masters Irelan, James Deane & Kalle Rovanpera

At 8-9 of May, me and my team traveled to Ireland for the 1st round of Drift Masters European Championship. It was a very long trip with lot of tiredness and pressure. We arrived at the venue after a tough 3 days trip and we were ready for some action on the track. On the Friday we had some practice runs on wet-dry conditions. Then I had a big opportunity to chase the best drift driver in the world, James Deane. We took some data of the track and the car. Saturday was the qualification day. In practice, the car was feeling a bit strange and after some practice runs and some thinking, I understood that something was happening with the toe of the front suspension of the car. And that was the real issue. The car had some toe in instead of having toe out. After we fixed it, I made only one practice run and after it was the qualification. In my 1st run of qualification, I did a safe run and I took 79 points. In the second one I pushed too hard and I got on the gravel scoring a zero. I passed to the TOP 32 and I was against Kalle Rovanpera, current point leader in WRC. In the 1st run I was chasing. On the first meters of the start line he was slower than I expected, so I was a bit off throttle and some milliseconds later he was on full power and me in the Turbo lag, so he gapped me a bit in the straight line. However, on the 1st transition I managed to catch him and push him to the finish line. In the second run, I had to go 100% and I had a very good lead run but just some meters before the finish line I ran out of tires and my car just span. That was also the end f the race for us and our experience of Drift Masters. It was a great experience we learned something more from that mistake, we will make some small changes on the car and we will be ready for the next round in Austria!

Stay tuned!

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