Victory for James Deane at the Irish Drifting Championship

James Deane in his new Mazda RX-7 snatches the podium position in first round of the Irish Drifting Championship at Mondello Motorsport Park.

Offenbach, April 24 2013. Last Sunday saw some tightly contested drift battles at the Mondello Motorsport Park, with James Deane coming out on top in the first round of the Irish Drifting Championship. In his Falken sponsored Mazda RX-7, the 21-year-old Irishman saw off rivals Gavin Lenihan and Shane O’Sullivan from Team Japspeed, who took 2ndand 3rd place respectively. 

Reflecting on his podium finish, Deane says; “We had a great start to the drift season for 2013; I had some hard fought battles but managed to come out on top in the end and the car got massive attention all weekend with its new look.”

Supported by Falken Tyres Europe, James Deane’s SR20-powered Mazda RX-7 is a new build for 2013 and features full Falken livery. Deane’s RX-7 is using Falken’s AZENIS FK453 UHP tyres along with an upgraded turbo and aero package, combining to create his most powerful RX-7 build to date.

Since competing at the age of 15, Deane has won five professional drift championships and secured over 40 podium finishes in events such as Prodrift, Formula Drift and the Red Bull World Drifting Championship. Following his latest successes, Deane will be racing in the second round of the Irish Drifting Championship in Punchestown; “Bring it on!” he concludes.  

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About FALKEN Tyres Europe:

The technology and development of Falken High Performance Tyres and their driving characteristics have for many years been derived from motorsport, most recently its participation in the American Le Mans Series and Nürburgring 24 Hours. Tyre technologies developed on track are often transferred to the road, offering improvements in wet and dry grip, efficiency, feeling and control. 

Falken is a brand of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Japan, with European headquarters in Frankfurt. In Europe, Falken has aggressively expanded its product range, launching new products in new sectors and niches across Europe. Falken’s current products range from the track-inspired AZENIS series including the latest FK453 flagship through to the efficient and innovative ZE914 and the rugged all-terrain WildPeak A/T and cold weather EUROWINTER HS449.

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