James Deane clinches Drift Allstars title in Poland

Extreme Drift Allstars Europe Round 6 – Polish Drift GP Results

This weekend the sixth round of the 2015 Extreme Drift Allstars championship, Europe’s premier professional drift series, saw the vying contenders land in Toruń, Poland at the imposing MotoArena Toruń stadium for the final fight of the year.

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Defending champion and points leader James Deane once again showed why he was the man to beat, as he secured P1 during qualifying following a near flawless run around the challenging arena circuit. A nail-biting final saw Deane pitted against Polish motorsport star Kuba Przygonski in his 1,000bhp Orlen Toyota GT86. Przygonski drove with style and class, and Deane put on a masterclass in tandem driving. Ultimately it would be the Pole who would take the top step of the podium, with Deane in second place and Grzegorz Hypki taking third.

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In the final championship tally Tri-ace Tyre drive Nigel Colfer finished third in the standings, with teammate Janis Eglite from Latvia in second. It would be Falken Motorsport/Level One Qatar driver James Deane who would occupy the top step of the podium yet again as he is crowned Extreme Drift Allstars champion for the second year running!

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In partnership with the DMGP series, Extreme Drift Allstars co-hosted the final event of 2015 inside the impressive MotoArena Toruń in northern Poland. This open-air arena provided a gladiatorial setting for the championship fight, offering 360-degree views of the custom part indoor/outdoor circuit. Wet weather over the weekend added further complications to the mix, with some parts of the track protected from the elements and others exposed to the rain.

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The difficult surroundings and tricky conditions upset the mix during qualifying, with several Drift Allstars regulars taking a very unexpected early exit from the competition. Regardless, the top 16 roster featured an all-star cast of drivers from around the world, with James Deane, Kuba Przygonski and Grzegorz Hypki securing the top three positions, in that order. Driftworks’ Phil Morrison took P4, having made the journey from the UK with his V8-powered Toyota AE86, and Budmat Auto driver Piotr Więcek took P5 and looked comfortable on home soil.

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Morrison and Więcek met during the Great 8, with the Englishman pushing harder and faster than the local driver. Morrison would meet an on-form Deane in the Semi Final, where a legendary battle saw an end to his event. On the other side of the bracket Grzegorz Hypki took on Ireland’s Nigel Colfer. Despite a strong performance by Colfer, Hypki appeared unstoppable, progressing to meet Przygonski in the Semi Final. Przygonski’s consistency throughout the event paid off however, booking his spot in the Final against Deane.

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As thousands tuned in via the online livestream, Deane and Przygonski put on one of the most memorable drift battles of recent times. In an unbelievably-close battle, Przygonski pedalled his huge-horsepower GT86 around the arena, with Deane just millimetres from his door at all times. As the two made light contact several times, neither wanted to concede. It fell to the judges to decide, and the call was made that Przygonski was the victor!

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By this point Deane already knew that he’d done enough to clinch the title, and he was elated as he took to the podium to celebrate: “What an amazing end to an unbelievable year,” commented James Deane. “This was a tight and technical track which demanded full commitment, and the conditions made things difficult at times. My team and I worked relentlessly this year to ensure that we got the results that we wanted. It all came down to the final event again and we managed to do it! I can’t believe I’m Drift Allstars champion again! A huge thank you to all of my friends, family, crew, sponsors and fans for everything they’ve done for me – it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

With an explosive final round of the 2015 season in the bag, work has already begun on preparations for the 2016 Drift Allstars championship. Bigger events, bigger venues and the best drivers – keep an eye out for further information as it’s released over winter!

Final results from the Polish Drift GP – Round 6:

  1. Kuba Przygonski – Poland – Orlean Team

  2. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Tyres/Level One Qatar

  3. Grzegorz Hypki – Poland – PUZ Drift Team

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