Team Turbosmart proved their skills once again at Drift Allstars Global Warfare 3, held at Mondello Park, near Dublin, on 3 July. Mike Fitz made it into the semi finals with impressive driving throughout the event, while 16-year-old Irish drifter Jack Shanahan showed up some far more experienced competition to take the final win at the event. Global Warfare 3 joined with Round 3 of the 2016 Irish Drift Championship, with points on the line for both championships. Over 50 drifters traveled from Europe and further afield to take on the Irish locals. With a long history of Irish wins on their home soil, the overseas drivers had their work cut out.
Sure enough, the semi-finals were dominated by Irish drivers, with only one overseas entrant remaining in the running. Instead of his usual BMW-powered Nissan S14 which was suffering from mechanical issues, Shanahan was piloting his Turbosmart-sponsored Nissan 180SX. The 180 has a rather different setup to what we’re used to seeing on drift cars, retaining an internal wastegate on its Borg Warner EFR turbo, fitted with a Turbosmart IWG actuator and Kompact BOV. Boost is controlled by an eBoost2 electronic boost controller.
Shanahan came out victorious against fellow Irish Team Turbosmart driver Mike Fitz in the semi-finals. Fitz was driving his distinctive green Mazda FC RX-7, which had recently undergone a heart transplant, replacing the 13B turbo rotary engine with a more powerful 2JZ. The new setup runs a Turbosmart Race Port BOV, Pro-Gate50 wastegate and eBoost2. Fitz showed incredible skill throughout the event, but was narrowly edged off the podium and into fourth place by Lithuanian Andrius Vasiliauskas, who in turn lost in his semi-final clash to Shanahan’s long term drifting mentor, James Deane.
That meant protege and mentor would be going head-to-head in the final round, which proved to be one of the most exciting duels seen on Irish soil. Both drivers put on near-perfect performances, but the judges hailed Shanahan the winner by a narrow margin, continuing Ireland’s Global Warfare home soil winning streak.
Team Turbosmart drivers Sean Galvin, Michael Meegan and Wade Zummeren also put on solid performances.
Photo courtesy of Speedhunters
Darren ‘D-Mac’ McNamara also gained plenty of attention at the event. While he wasn’t competing, he put on a blinding demo in the Nissan Nismo Motorsports R35 GT-R, a car that holds the record for the fastest vehicle drift at 304.96km/h (190.11 MPH)
The fourth round of the 2016 Extreme Drift Allstars Series sees the championship head to Laitse Rally Park in Estonia on 29-30th July for the Estonian Drift GP.