The weather looked gloomy all day, and many feared rain. Somehow or another nature decided not to be horrible as usual leave drifting alone for the day in Fermoy. The gloom and dull weather didn’t stop some epic battles taking place which in turn made the crowd forget about the dullness and greyness. Instead drifting put a smile on peoples faces and that’s what its all about.
The first battle of the top 16 saw James Deane in full force right of the starting line pushing that little bit more then Charlie Geary’s Grey BMW.
Brendan Stone was pinned to the back Of Dan Moorhead as both MG Crash Repair s14′s battled it out for a spot in the Great eight. Brendan would come out on top after some great runs from both drivers.
Next we saw Mike Deane take on Shane O Sullivan in his cleaner then a lot of road cars Japspeed s15. Both Drivers had a sloppy first run and put down a great second. Mike was on a mission to keep the victory on home turf and advanced to the great eight.
One of the most exciting battles of the day saw Donal Garry take on Micheal Swan. A true touge battle took place as both drivers were almost door to door in pretty much every corner of the track. Both drivers had two completely different styles and cars but it would be Swan’s s13 that would move forward from this battle.
Another awesome battle was had between Alan Sinnott, winner of round 1 in Ennis and Pat Masterson, one to watch in the coming rounds. Alan managed to have the edge on Masterson and advanced into the great eight.
Christy Carpenter was smooth sailing into the great eight over Martin O’Meara.
Another great battle between team WKD’s Barry Leonard and DriftR’s Larry Love would see Love come out on top.
Chris Brady was on fire in his sr86 nailing the final spot in the great eight over Alan Lenihan.The first battle of the great eight saw James Deane take on Brendan stone. Deane seemed unstoppable once again and easily secured a place in the top 4.
Although putting down some great runs all day, Micheal Swan would loose to Mike Deane who was out for a top position on his home turf securing a place in the top 4.
Alan Sinnott tried to deploy a smoke screen on Carpenters s15 but it just wasn’t enough to put him off.A “one more time” had to be called for the battle between Chris Brady’s sr86 and Larry loves s14. Chris Brady has would move forward from this battle as he was more then dialled all weekend in the green Trueno.
The crowd stood back and watched some brotherly love as both James Deane and his brother Mike Battled it out in the semi final. Older brother Mike showed younger how its done in what was one of the most entertaining battles so far this season.
An extremely tight battle was to follow between Chris Brady’s 86 over Carpenter’s s15. Its ironic that both cars share engines from each others manufacturers, Brady’s setup would be the one to have the edge this time and come out over Carpenter’s 1jz powered s15 after a one more time was called.
It would take James Deane’s smoke screen of doom to advance over Carpenter’s 15 for yet another podium place for 2011.
Mike Deane would reel in Chris Brady and his sr86 keeping the number one spot in cork for round 2 in Fermoy.
Another great day for Irish drifting indeed, be sure to check in for coverage for Round 3 which is taking place in Punchestown on the 11th and 12th of June.
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