On 26th & 27th August, round 7 of the Drift All-stars Tour touched down in Hungary. After an action packed few weeks going from Estonia to Latvia to Germany, the finale of the 2016 series would happen at the iconic classic circuit of Mariapocs.

Just 2 hours east of Budapest the capital of Hungary, this iconic ex Rallycross venue set in the woods, hosted a two day festival called Trackwood, with the main event being Drift Allstars.

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With a return to the calendar for 2016, this venue has seen some crazy battles over the years, and with the finals looming, everyone was keen to make a lasting impact before the off season.

This testing circuit is fast and flowing with walls to keep all the top drivers in check. With rising temperatures and a late evening final in the dark, visibility problems caused by so much smoke meant that luck, as much as skill, came out on top at Mariapocs.

With another sell out event trackside and over 550,000 unique viewers and 6+ million fans across social media channels, it meant the finals were going truly worldwide – the 3rd consecutive event to display record breaking figures.

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In qualifying, Polish Legend Pawel Trela made a return and put down an awesome benchmark taking P4. Fredrik Okksnevad was driving his best all season and cut his way through the Hungarian woods, locking out P3.

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Andrius Vasilikaus, who is familiar to this circuit having finished on the podium last year, showed his track knowledge with a spectacular run, taking out P2.

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It was close at the top with the top 4 drivers being separated by just 2 points. James Deane would again lay down a masterclass display in textbook driving, raising the level speed and skill locking out P1 and showing his intention for another win, as well as the championship.

In the battles there would be lots of surprises, with Janis Eglite going out early after a crash in his battles against Pawel Trela.

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Juha Poytalaakso again charged hard to meet his nearest rival Deane in the Great 8. Another super close run between the two would end the Finn’s run, leaving Deane clear in his quest for the 2016 Drift Allstars Championship

Okksenvad would be on fire in his Great 8 battle, but after a big mistake he would make contact with the wall on his chase run against Steve ’Baggsey’ Biagoni, handing Baggsey the win.

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3rd place battle was fought out between top German Driver Max Heidrich and rising Hungarian star Andras Molnar. After ‘one more time’ Max Heidrich would have the advantage, with more consistency and space, locking out the final step on the podium.

The Final would come down to two giants, both Irish and reigning European Champion James Deane, against former British Champion and Round 1 winner, Steven Biagoni.

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In a battle the series had never seen before, Deane would lay down a text book chase run and Baggsey would stay close to him, surprising the 2016 Champion Deane.

In the second battle Biagoni would catch Deane off guard with his speed and grip, and have a slight edge, which gave Baggsey the win in the the final round, in front of a sell-out crowd at the Mariapocs circuit. A fitting end to the final of the season.

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“It’s really amazing – I’m just so happy,” an ecstatic Baggsy said from the podium. “I think that this is what I imagine James Deane has felt like for the past five events. After everything that has happened, I’m just so happy to be here. Once I got to the final, the stress was gone; I was really able to enjoy the event.

“James and I have never battled in competition before; he’s been incredible all season, but I felt like this was the opportunity to get the result I wanted. I knew the car was good enough; it was just a mental psych-out with myself in my head. I had to give it absolutely everything from the very start, and first initiation, because I knew if I gave him an inch he would get away. I threw everything I had in – it was so close on the entry that I thought I was going to hit him, but it all paid off. Dreams come true, and I’m standing on the top step of the Drift Allstars final.

Final results from the Drift Allstars 2016 Hungarian Drift GP –

  1. Steve Baggsey Biagoni – UK – Monster Energy

  2. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Motorsport

  3. Max Heidrich – Germany – Durst GMBH/ Team SB

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After a second place overall on the night James Deane claimed yet another Title – Drift Allstars European Champion 2016 for the third time in a Row. James firmly establishing himself as the most successful drift driver ever in Europe

James later Added – ‘What a crazy event today. So many difficult conditions from the heat during the day to visibility issues at night. We had a very close final battle in the end. To get a third European Title in a row this season with 6 podium finishes and 4 event wins feels amazing! Huge thanks to all my family, friends, fans and sponsors for the huge support on this crazy journey over the last few months.

Final results from the Drift Allstars 2016 Championship

  1. James Deane -Ireland – Falken Motorsport

  2. Juha Pöytälaakso – Finland – Team Drift 2 Motorssport

  3. Andrius Vasiliauskas -Lithuania -Turbo Systems

2016 has been an incredible year for Drift Allstars and the explosive final showed just how wide stream the sport is becoming. With over 100 drivers participating from 23 countries, drift is now a truly global phenomenon, and with plans already in motion for an exciting 2017, Drift Allstars will be bringing the fans more action than ever before….

 

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