Irish champion James Deane takes Drift Allstars European Series Round 2
Sunderland, UK – the Drift Allstars European Series returned to Nissan Motors UK manufacturing plant for the second round of the 2011 season. James Deane emerged victorious in the Team LBD / Rockstar Energy Nissan PS13.
This was Drift Allstars’ second visit to the North East venue. A reworking of the 2010 track layout meant one of the fastest street circuits to date. Alongside the track action, fans were kept well entertained by a much improved interactive trade and display area; featuring road safety, gaming, audio and track day exhibits, as well as the superb Zero Gravity bike stunt show.
Despite poor weather thousand of enthusiasts filled the venue, braving wind and rain throughout the morning and early afternoon as the qualifying rounds took place. They were rewarded by a break in the weather as the some of the closest and fastest twin battles seen this year unfolded.
In qualifying, Christy Carpenter took first in the Yokohama Tyres Nissan S15, local hero Anthony Scott swooped second in the Skyline parts Nissan S13 and championship front runner Nigel Colfer took third in the Spec / Ferodo Nissan s13.
The top 16 battles were close with Ben Broke Smith, James Deane, Wes Keeting, Barry Leonard, Anthony Scott, Tony Jouin, Christy Carpenter and Nigel Colfer going through to the great eight. When it came down to the final four of Broke Smith, Deane, Leonard and Colfer, the fight for Colfer’s place at the top of the league was closer still.
Leonard, in the WKD Imports S14, was up against Broke Smith in the Driftworks / Garage D Toyota Mark 2. Aggressive entries and wide lines saw Broke Smith through to the final. The other quarter final between Deane and Colfer ended with Irishman Deane going through to face the UK driver in the final, the deciding factor being his super fast pace throughout the course.
The podium place playoff between Leonard and Colfer went Colfer’s way. Despite a valiant effort from Leonard, still in his first year of professional drifing, his opponent’s experience shone through bagging him third place.
In the final it was evident that the lighter more nimble SR engined PS13 was faster around the track than the heavier but more powerful JZ engined JZX81, which struggled to find the traction to keep up. Despite massive smoke and committed driving from Broke Smith, Deane managed to gain the advantage.
This puts Deane in the number one spot going into the next round, on June 10th in Malta. With 4 rounds remaining everything’s still up for grabs.
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Drift Allstars European Professional Drifting Series 2011-Event Results:
1. James Deane Team LBD / Rockstar Energy Nissan PS13
2. Ben Broke Smith Driftworks / Garage D Toyota Mark 2
3. Nigel Colfer Chambers Performance /Spec Clutch Nissan S13
more than 400 photos from event u can find here
Round 2 of the Drift Allstars kicks off in just over a week on May 15th 2011 and the hype is running throughout the northeast.
After the titanic battles at the season opener Drift Allstars Europe has firmly established itself as the premier series in Europe. With two big events in the northeast of England this brings a welcomed return for the Drift Allstars/JDM Allstars brand which was launched in the northeast three years ago.
Round 2 makes a welcome return to the Northeast again and will be returning to the Nissan Sunderland Plant. This was one of the highlight events of the 2010 season with a capacity crowd nearly being reached. With its superb viewing area allowing the whole track to be viewed from 20 foot natural banking make this a spectator highlight. For 2011 we have gone one step further installing grandstands, and a whole hospitality package for the public to get an even better experience of the sport.
Irish Driver Martin Ffrench will be looking to maintain his championship lead after his round 1 win. Nigel Colfer ,James Deane and local Hero Jon Calvert will be out for revenge to take points and with lots of competition from UK ,Irish, Italian, French, German its set to be a big weekend.
Round 2 will also play host to Monster Truck Slingshot freshly back from its top gear live tour. Vertical limits freestyle BMX team will be keeping spectators amused in the Fanzone. In the pits we will have tunes playing all day aswell as Benfield Nissan showing off their latest range of Nissan cars. Throw in a drift taxi experience zone and Epic track days will be giving away passenger rides in their KTM X-bow and this is the biggest motorsport event to hit the northeast of England this year.
Niall Gunn OF Drift Allstars said “It’s great to return to this venue in Sunderland with Nissan being so supportive of the sport. Nissan being one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world it sends a great statement of how far this sport and opening its doors to having this type of an event. There are some big changes at the venue the action on May 15th , which will showcase drifting as one of the biggest ever motorsport events to ever hit the northeast of the UK.
Nissan Sunderland Plant Production Director-Ian Black said,”We are delighted to host the second round of the Drift Allstars European Series. Last year the event attracted thousands of people from the local area who enjoyed a great day of motorsport at the plant. The action comes thick and fast and with such a variety of vehicles on show, this year promises to be another fantastic family event.”
About Drift Allstars Europe
Entering its fourth season, JDM Allstars now called Drift Allstars is recognized as the best professional drifting championship in the UK and Europe. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s driving ability and vehicle control. Drift Allstars provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in 4-6 events/demonstrations throughout Europe for the coveted Drift All-stars Championship.
About Nissan NMUK
Nissan NMUK -Nissan Motor Manufactuaring UK is based in Sunderland, tyne and Wear,UK. NMUK is owned and operated by Nissan Europe and produces the Nissan Note,Qashai,Juke and Car of the Year 2011 Nissan Leaf. NMUK has been the biggest UK Car plant for the past 12 years with over 340,000 vehicles produced per year and is operated by over 4000 staff onsite.