10 years, 6 months, 1 week, 5 hours, 31 minutes, 55 seconds. That’s how long it took for James Deane to go from his first competitive drift event as an amateur to the top step of the podium for the first time at Formula Drift in Long Beach.
Before last weekend, a lot of people would have said this victory, maybe the most significant of his career, was inevitable. I wouldn’t have argued with them, but I know from experience that victory in motorsport is never guaranteed. It certainly does not come easy.
The Streets of Long Beach is a world renowned drift course, much like what Daytona is to NASCAR, and what Monaco is to Formula One. Many, if not all, competitive and leisure drifters have dreams of mastering this course sometime in their lifetime. Formula Drift begins each season on the Streets of Long Beach, which brings an end to anticipation and months of preparation. Anything could happen here… a great beginning to a successful season could be had, or disaster could strike at any of the turns and ruin a season in a few seconds. Throwing caution to the wind, a circus of extremely prepared teams arrived in Long Beach, and the 2017 Formula Drift season has begun. The Streets of Long Beach have a cruel habit of sorting out who is ready to ride walls, and who isn’t.
Worthouse Drift Team set for Formula DRIFT debut in Long Beach
The new Worthouse Drift Team’s duo of Piotr Więcek and James Deane will make their debut in the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship in Long Beach, CA this weekend aiming to make their mark on the US drifting scene after years of dominating in Europe.
The Worthouse Drift Team is set to take part in all eight rounds of the world’s premier professional drifting competition with a pair of Falken Tire-shod, 900 hp Nissan Silva S15s maintained by Bridges Racing and driven by Piotr Więcek, a 27-year-old Pole and three-time, reigning Polish Drift Masters GP Champion, as well as the 25-year-old James Deane from Ireland, a five-time Irish and European Drift Champion. Continue reading Worthouse Drift Team set for Formula DRIFT debut in Long Beach
TEAM FALKEN AMPS UP INVOLVEMENT FOR 2017 FORMULA DRIFT Team will support six drivers and becomes Official Tire Sponsor of series
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – In conjunction with the launch of the latest version of Falken Tires’ competition-winning performance tire, the AZENIS RT615K+, Team Falken, a two-time Manufacturer’s Champion in the Black Magic Formula Drift Pro Championship and the 2016 winner of the prestigious Tire Manufacturers Cup, will return to the popular series in 2017 with a strong field of six drivers.
Additionally, Falken Tires becomes the Official Tire Sponsor of Formula Drift and will further activate its involvement through dealer hospitality, spokesmodel meet & greets, driver autograph signings and a learning center display through its Falken rig at most of the series eight rounds. Continue reading TEAM FALKEN AMPS UP INVOLVEMENT FOR 2017 FORMULA DRIFT
For the newly-formed Worthouse Drift Team, these announcements and reveals may have been the easiest part of the puzzle. The real challenge is in the preparation for competing a full championship on another continent.
Further to this, there’s the extra challenge of building the two new cars some 2,000 miles apart from each other. The cars for all intents and purposes will be practically identical; the only considerable difference being that James’ car will be right-hand drive while Piotr’s will be left-hand drive. This was a deliberate decision, as it means the team only needs to carry one set of spares from event to event.
It’s also meant that the two new teammates have had to co-design the new cars, with compromises being made along the way. It has also meant a near never-ending stream of phone calls and messages between both sides of the team in Ireland and Poland. To keep things simple, I’ve been following James’ side of the build at Deane Msport while Piotr’s build progresses in Poland.