Deane’s Domination: Behind The Scenes At FD LB

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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.

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Formula Drift 2017 Season Opener – James Deane Returns By What Monsters Do

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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.

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Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results;

James Deane Makes His Return to the Series and Takes the Victory

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 2, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras kicked off the 14th season with an exciting day of action at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. Irish driver James Deane returns to the Series and gets the win in the Worthhouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan S15.

“What a way to start the season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “With not only a capacity crowd, record numbers on the Livestream, but proof that Formula Drift is truly an international series where the best of the best come to compete.”

The first event of the season commenced on the Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course. The highly anticipated event was action packed from start to finish and the capacity crowd witnessed many competitive battles throughout the day. The event also introduced new drivers to the field including Georgy Chivchyan from Russia and Piotr Wiecek from Poland and marked the return of Irish driver, James Deane. The event broke records with the Livestream with over 1 million viewers tuning in from around the world over the two-day event weekend making for the largest viewership for a single event in Formula DRIFT history

Deane returned to Formula DRIFT after a seven year hiatus from the Series in dramatic fashion. Deane proved to be a contender after qualifying in second position and making his way through to the finals by defeating both former champion Michael Essa and the reigning and 3-time champion, Chris Forsberg. Deane met with Ryan Tuerck in the Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86 in the semi-finals and with consistent driving all-day and a solid chase run he was able to advance to the Finals. On the other side of the bracket in the semi-finals, Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in the Falken Tire / Drifz Wheels / Ark Performance Nissan 240SX faced off against Alex Heilbrunn in the IMR / Nitto Tire BMW M3. After a hard fought battle that was too close to call, the drivers met in a One More Time battle and while chasing Heilbrunn, Bakchis made an error entering the hairpin giving Heilbrunn the win to put him in the Finals. Deane’s consistency and technical driving was no match for Heilbrunn in the Finals and Deane won his first Formula DRIFT victory to take the lead in the chase for the championship.

“Man, what a way to start back in Formula DRIFT after missing out on the last seven years,” said James Deane, winner of Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. “I owe a lot to my good friend and teammate, Piotr Wiecek, who came up with this whole idea to come back to the Series as a two-car team. To come out with the win is just mind blowing. What a feeling!

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Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results

1. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240

Winner

2. Heilbrunn, Alex

IMR / Nitto Tire BMW M3

2nd Place

3. Tuerck, Ryan

Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86

3rd Place

4. Bakchis, Aurimas

Falken Tires / Drifz Wheels / ARK Performance Nissan 240

4th Place

5. Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

5th Place

6. Coffman, Matt

Nexen Tire / Coffman Racing Nissan 240

6th Place

7. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

7th Place

8. Kearney, Dean

Oracle Lighting Dodgle Viper

8th Place

9. Gittin, Vaughn

Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR

9th Place

10. Wiecek, Piotr

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240

10th Place

11. Gushi, Ken

GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire Toyota Racing 86

11th Place

12. Field, Matt

Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240

12th Place

13. Rintanen, Juha

STR Racing / Nexen Tire Nissan 240

13th Place

14. Bluss, Kristaps

HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46

14th Place

15. Pawlak, Justin

Roush Performance Ford Mustang

15th Place

16. Essa, Michael

Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3

16th Place

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 1 Event

1. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240

106.00 Points

2. Heilbrunn, Alex

IMR / Nitto Tire BMW M3

84.00 Points

3. Tuerck, Ryan

Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86

69.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 1 Event

1. Toyota

121.00 Points

2. Ford

74.00 Points

3. Nissan

52.00 Points

4. Dodge

51.00 Points

5. BMW

35.00 Points

6. Infiniti 18.00 Points

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 1 Event

1. Falken

174.00 Points

2. Nitto

123.00 Points

3. Hankook

121.00 Points

4. Nexen

104.00 Points

5. Achilles

86.00 Points

Worthouse Drift Team set for Formula DRIFT debut in Long Beach

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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