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Events Drift GP 2017

Unveiling an exciting new era championship, the Drift GP series will feature a European calendar full of show-stopping venues across the continent – testing 100 drivers from 25 different nations. Featuring a great mix of high speed circuits, custom layouts, street circuits and a stadium environments, across 8 stops, the drivers will be pushed to their limits in 2017.

French Drift GP on May 29-30th will kick off the 2017 season for very first time on the Nascar Circuit of Tours speedway just outside Paris. With a shift towards more central European locations in 2017, the series will be more accessible to core fans than ever before. The British Drift GP will showcase an all new street circuit for the first time ever in Western Europe

Building on the success of classic stops like Global WarFare in Ireland, Germany Lausitzring, a return to Grondal in Sweden and the all new look Latvia, provide a great backbone to the series with a show stopping finale at the European Drift GP in September.

PLUS this year, there’ll be more than just drifting…EACH ROUND for the first time, will take the format of an all-in one motorsports festival rolling to each stop. From music, trade, e-sports & an e-village…

Round 1 French Drift GP – Tours SpeedWay May 27-28th

After a break of 5 years the series returns to France, to the iconic Tours Speedway just south of Paris. Tours will really test drivers with its 9 degrees banking and concrete jungle, pushing drivers for the very first time on this type of course. It should throw up some big surprises.

Round 2 British Drift GP – NEC -BirminghamCircuit June 24-25th

Battle of Britian 2017 see;s the best from the British Championship do battle against the best from Europe. Can the BDC stand up against the International invasion on this custom built venue on the confines of the NEC centre Birmingham

Round 3 Irish Drift GP – Global Warfare 3 Mondello Park July 1-2nd

The climatic end to the 2016 Global Warfare did not leave any stone uncovered. It was only fitting that a rematch was put in place to show the Irish who can really can take down their unbeaten streak. The record was brought down to the wire and with even more firepower coming in this record needs to be challemged.

Round 4 Swedish Drift GP – Grondal Motorsenter July 22-23rd 

A return to Scandinavia, to one of the most unique circuits ever showcased on the tour, the Grondal circuit with its roller coaster undulating layout on the hills of Eskilstuna will again showcase the best from Sweden/Norway/Finland and Denmark against Europe’s best.

Round 5 German Drift GP -August 5-6th th

German Drift GP makes its return to the Eurospeedway Lauschitz circuit. After a hugely successful opening year event the German fans and drivers have got a real appetite for the best drivers at this high speed layout. Can the top German drivers bounce back on home soil? It’s time to find out…

Round 6- Hungarian Drift GP – September 2-3rd

Hungary has always played a special part of the calendar with its super enthusiastic fans. For 2017 an all new layout at the Hungaroring F1 Circuit, with a reverse high speed layout, should really test the drivers to the limit

Round 7 –European Drift GP  September  – Final Fight

No season would be complete without an epic final location. Combined with music, actions sports and more, this festival will showcase drifting at one of the most unique venues ever used in the sport of drifting….the wait will be worth it!

Series Director, Niall Gunn added “The 2017 season will bring a great mix of diversity and change, with the return and more focus on western European events. The biggest mix up has been the huge amount of full time international teams and global drivers who have joined the tour for 2017. With so many new faces it is shaping up to be the most unpredictable season ever, with the diverse nature of testing circuits pushing the drivers to find their very best.”

EXTREME Drift Allstars Launches onto the International Stage

EXTREME Drift Allstars today announces Thailand as its first stop on the 2016 Championships!

With its most successful year yet ending with a bang in Torun, Poland, EXTREME Drift Allstars announces an expansion in operations. For the first time in its history the popular drift brand signs an international stop in Thailand at the world-class Chang International Circuit in Buriram.

“We are extremely excited to host our first international drift competition here at Chang International Circuit. Drifting is one of the most popular forms of motorsport in Thailand and we cannot wait to see our local drivers take on the best drifters in the world.”

Said Mr Newin Chidchob, owner, Chang International Circuit.

EXTREME Drift Allstars, which is owned and controlled by EXTREME International ltd, has been going from strength to strength, by continuing to increase its fan base, promoter partnerships and industry support, in its quest to become a leading motorsport entertainment brand.
With 7 European Series under its belt, EXTREME Drift Allstars has made the leap onto an international stage and will be giving fans and commercial partners a world-class 2016 Championship.

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Alistair Gosling, Chairman and CEO of EXTREME commented “Following a record-breaking 2015 it’s only right we take EXTREME Drift Allstars to the next level. With the sport fast becoming a world favourite, it’s clear that going global is indeed the step we need to take.”
EXTREME Drift Allstars will be announcing its full 2016 schedule shortly.

About EXTREME Drift Allstars
Attracting some of the sport’s top teams and drivers, EXTREME Drift Allstars consistently engages high numbers of spectators at events, boasts the youngest roster of drivers and has the fastest growing fan base of any drift championship. Supported by some of the industry’s biggest car kit and tyre companies, EXTREME Drift Allstars has established itself as an international focal point for drifting.

 

Mingel och presskonferens inför Drift Allstars i Riga

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Janis Eglite along with Niall Gunn.

 

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Eline Berke takes control when the elite comes to Riga.

 

 

 

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Drift Allstars Rd2 Sweden

2015-07-05-drift-allstars-2-IMG_3328Under träningen var den tiden då vi fick uppleva flest ”door to door”. Här jagar James Dean David Skogsby och ser ut att knacka på och fråga om han får komma in. Grym körning av båda förarna som ger oss vad vi vill ha.

 

 

Drift Allstars Rd3 Riga – Timetable

FRIDAY

TRAINING DAY
12:00 – 18:30 Registration
12:00 – 18:30 Technical commission
12:30 – 19:00 Free Practice
20:00 Parade in Riga streets

SATURDAY August 1st
09:00-10:00 Registration
09:00-10:10 Technical commission
10:10-10:30 Participants meeting
10:35-13:20 Free practice
13:25-13:50 Participants meeting
14:00 Opening ceremony
14:05 Participants parade
14:30-16:30 Qualification runs
16:35 Autograph Signing
17:35-19:45 Drift finals start Top32
20:00 PRIZE giving ceremony

Extreme Drift Allstars Europe Round 2 – Swedish Drift GP

Europe’s premier professional drift series, Extreme Drift Allstars, landed in Scandinavia this weekend as the Eskilstuna MotorSport Arena, near Stockholm, played host to the Swedish Drift GP and round two of the 2015 championship.

Following his third-place podium finish at round one in London, defending champion James Deane from Ireland was out for victory, piloting his 2JZ-powered Falken Motorsport Nissan Silvia into top qualifying position and then on to take the overall win at the event. His toughest battle would be against fellow countryman Nigel Colfer in the Tri-Ace Tyres 180SX. Ultimately it would be James who would edge the victory, sending him to the top of the points table going into round three in Riga, Latvia.

The Extreme Drift Allstars team selected the Eskilstuna MotorSport Arena for this year’s Swedish Drift GP due to its challenging and technical nature, with large elevation changes, tricky transitions and a solid wall which the drivers would have to drift within inches of for maximum points. The series has always been well-received in Sweden, and this year was no different as a large number of local drivers threw their hats into the ring to test the Drift Allstars regulars.

A driver search on Friday thrust several local Swedish drivers into the limelight, allowing them to compete in the main event. On Saturday, the drivers made the most of the generous practice time to get to grips with the circuit and scope out the competition.

Scorching temperatures throughout the weekend made conditions challenging for both man and machine, with Saturday afternoon’s qualifying event setting the scene for the finals that would follow on Sunday. After a below-average first run, James Deane pulled a near-perfect run out of the bag on the very last run of the day to snatch top qualifying position from Latvian Janis Eglite. Third place was awarded to local Swedish driver Fredrik Sjödin who impressed a team of top international judges with a precise and aggressive run in his Raidopower S14.

Come Sunday’s main event, following a small number of retirements, 29 drivers remained in action. Drift Allstars regulars Dmitriy Illyuk and Joachim Waagaard both took surprise exits from the competition in the first bracket, and were soon followed by Janis Eglite in the Tri-Ace Tyres E46 during the Top 16, as he lost out to Slovakian driver Roman Kolesár. Norwegian Fredrik Øksnevad was on form in his SPY+ supercharged V8-powered Toyota Soarer but was ousted in the Top 8 by Swedish driver David Skogsby.
In the third place playoff, Skogsby would meet fellow Swede Alexander Granlund, with Granlund putting on a consistent show in his 750bhp BMW M3 and taking third place on the podium.

When it came to the final, James Deane would meet friend and rival Nigel Colfer in an all-Irish head-to-head. The drivers have spent a lot of time together on- and off-track, and neither concedes an inch when it comes to fighting for silverware. After a solid chase run by Colfer, it was Deane’s turn to follow. After an almost-equal chase run, the judges reached a tough decision – Deane had just done enough to claim his spot back on the top step of the podium, putting him at the top of the points table going into round three.

“My goal for round two was to get a podium finish,” commented James Deane. “Qualifying in first position and winning the event amongst such stiff competition rounded off the perfect weekend for me. It’s a great feeling to be leading the championship going into round three. Bring on Riga!”

The third round of the 2015 Extreme Drift Allstars European Series sees the championship head to Bikernieki Circuit in Riga, Latvia on 31st July-1st August for the Latvian Drift GP – one of the most popular and highly-anticipated events of the season. See you there!

Final results from the Swedish Drift GP – Round 2:

1. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Tyres/Level One Qatar
2. Nigel Colfer – Ireland – Tri-Ace Tyres
3. Alexander Granlund – Sweden – No Coast Racing
4. David Skogsby – Sweden – BRL Racing

About Drift Allstars
Completing its seventh season, EXTREME Drift Allstars is recognised as the fastest growing professional drifting championship in Europe. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and vehicle control. Drift Allstars provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in a minimum of six events/demonstrations across Europe, battling for the legendary EXTREME Drift Allstars title. Drift Allstars has added a gritty edge to competitive motorsports, followed by car enthusiasts from all walks of life & establishing itself as a focal point for the sport.

For race schedule and ticket information, visit www.drift-allstars.com
For commercial opportunities with Drift Allstars, please contact info@drift-allstars.com

Falken Motorsports’ driver James Deane wins the Swedish Drift GP

Defending European champion James Deane pilots his 700bhp Falken Tyre Nissan Silvia into top position at the second round of the Extreme Drift Allstars European Championship against Europe’s best drifters and a host of local Swedish talent.

This past weekend the Extreme Drift Allstars series landed in Eskilstuna, near Stockholm, Sweden, for the second round of the 2015 championship. Following his third place finish at round one in London last month, and running on Falken tyres, James was able to place his car with pinpoint accuracy, navigating the tight and technical course during Saturday’s qualifying event and securing top qualifying position going into Sunday’s head-to-head finale.

James’s route to the top would be anything but simple, first defeating Latvian Gatis Babris in the Top 16, before facing local Swedish driver Pelle Eriksson in the Top 8. In the Semi Finals, he would come up against local Swedish driver David Skogsby, who had also been on fine form all weekend. Ultimately, Skogsby was no match for James’s pace, aggression and grip, but it would be the final battle of the day that would really test the current champion.

James’s final opponent would be fellow Irishman Nigel Colfer. The two drivers are good friends and a close, clean head-to-head ensued, with just inches between the two powerful cars as they navigated the twisting course. James would have the edge after performing a near flawless chase run, securing him victory in the competition and propelling him to the top of the points table going into round three.

“I didn’t know what to expect going into Drift Allstars Sweden as it was a new track with a really strong driver lineup,” commented James. “My Falken Motorsports S14 ran flawlessly all weekend and the tyres gave me the confidence to really push the car hard, initially taking first place in qualifying and then going on to win the event!”

From here, James heads to Riga, Latvia for the third round of the 2015 championship on 31st July-1st August. The event is likely to be his toughest competition to date as drivers from all of Europe descend upon Bikernieki Circuit for the Latvian Drift GP.

40 European drivers from 12 different countries at Drift Allstars Rd2 2015

The 2015 Drift Allstars Championship will make its second stop of the series at the Eskilstuna Motorsport arena, just 100km West of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.

The venue has been work in progress over the years, but is now successfully completed, with a custom unique drift layout that promises to test all 40 European drivers to the highest level this weekend.

This will also be the first season that we will be running a driver’s search; 20 drivers from Sweden will be fighting for the final 10 spaces on the international grid. The grid is made up of 30 drivers from 12 different countries, some of whom are national champions wanting to get their title chances back on the board.

Luke Fink will miss Sweden due to sponsor commitments, but will return with a vengeance in time for Riga. With the allowance of a drop score, he will need to capitalise on the final four events.

Janis Eglite will arrive fresh from placing second in London and will be hungry for his first win of the season. He is showing some great form in his new partnership with Tri-Ace tyres. The tandem assassin just fitted a new Samsonas 5 speed and had some big setup changes since Round 1.

James Deane has had a busy few weeks since storming to 3rd place at the season opener and debuting under the newly established drifting category at the Festival of Speed last week. He will be determined to get some points back and claim the win with a flawless display, like he did in Sweden last year.

Juha Poytalaakso will be keen to continue his form after a strong 4th place finish at the Eskilstuna circuit, where his skill and speed served him well.We will see if the Finnish driver will take his first podium or win, as his fellow compatriot, Juha Rinanten did at the Swedish Drift GP back in 2013.

Sweden 

The local drivers will be led by Swedish Champion, Fredrik Sjodin, who has developed a new car during the off-season with the aim to now challenge Europe’s elite. Fredrik has always been one of the top qualifiers and will have several other top local drivers rivalling him for both the victory and local honour. Alexander Grandlund, also returning with a new car and even more power, will bekeen to step on the podium after a 4th place finish last season at the Swedish drift GP

Norway

Fredrik Okksnevad will be looking to go one better than his 2nd place of 2014 and make his mark in 2015. Joachim Waagaard will make his competition debut, showcasing his 2015 BMW 4 series and after drifting at the Festival of Speed last week. He will be keen to assert his presence with his new chassis works. Ismail Salaih returns for his 3rd year at the Swedish Drift GP and has slowly been increasing his campaign with new sponsors and Maxxis tires. We think he will be one to watch.

Estonia

Jarmo Luht and Kristjan Klemets from Team Ghost/Stilh racing will be looking to make an explosive start after ending the 2014 season on such strong terms. The team will be keen to establish their presence and challenge the best of Europe this season.

Denmark

Jacob Høgh Hansen and the Jocks Bilimport team are one to watch this season. Returning with their monster 2JZ 800HP Nissan S15, the team will be eager to impress the crowds whilst battling for those all-important points.

Slovakia

Eastern European drifter and stalwart of the drift scene, Roman Kolesar, will descend on the track with his Zestino tyre team. The off-season has seen him rebuild his 800hp BMW E46, which he will be more than ready to unleash on the custom Eskilstuna circuit.

USA

From the USA we have Pro 2 Formula D driver, Kelsey Rowlings, who has teamed up with the Swedish Team LMR Drift Alliance. Tipped to be the top female to compete in the sport in North America, it will be good to see her belong with the team and drivers.

Niall Gunn, founder and managing director of Drift Allstars commented, “This is the third time we have come to Sweden for the biggest drift event in Scandinavia. In three short years we have seen the sport massively evolve but also, the drivers embrace competitive drifting and want to challenge the best drivers across the complete series, which is great to see. I expect to see some big upsets this weekend on the track, which should create a great atmosphere.”

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