European champion James Deane retains his title as the best in Europe and becomes the first driver to ever win a European double championship. James not only secured the 2015 Irish Drift Championship title last weekend, but ran away with the Drift Allstars European title for the second year running too with a second place finish at the final round in Poland this past weekend gone.
This past weekend the Extreme Drift Allstars series landed in Poland at the MotoArena Toruń for the final round of the 2015 championship. Leading the points going into the final event, James Deane still needed to put on a strong performance in order to defend his title.
During qualifying, James was on his usual top form, piloting his 700bhp Falken Motorsport Nissan Silvia around the tricky stadium circuit and taking P1 with a near flawless run.
James’ route to the final saw him pitted against some of the most challenging competition in Europe. Fuelled by determination, James battled his way through to meet Polish motorsport star Kuba Przygonski in his 1,000bhp Orlen Toyota GT8. What followed can only be described as one of the most exciting battles in drift history, with James nudging Kuba’s car around the technical track, millimetres from his door at all times. The judges ruled in Kuba’s favour however, awarding James second place on the podium. Regardless, James had done enough to claim the 2015 championship as his own!
“I was in the lead going into the final round but anything can happen in drifting so I knew I wasn’t safe,” commented James. “My team was on good form, the car felt perfect and I knew I had all the grip that I needed to put on a strong performance in Poland. The final against Kuba was incredible fun, and by that point I knew we had the championship so I went out to put on a show. It’s unreal to think that I’m now Irish Drift and Drift Allstars champion – I’m over the moon! I’d like to thank all of my friends and family for their support throughout the season as well as all of my sponsors – it wouldn’t be possible without them. I also want to thank all of my fans and followers in Ireland and around the world too for all of their amazing support!”
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