James Deane takes back the lead with the event victory
Long Beach, Calif. – May 14, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Road Atlanta, home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT event 14 years ago. James Deane in the Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 takes the victory to regain the lead in the chase for the championship.
“This event showcased the global talent within the Series,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Each round has been highly competitive and with only three events remaining it will be exciting to see how it unfolds.”
The Advance Auto Parts Round 3: Road to the Championship was a hard charging event and treated fans to exciting competition. An estimated 1 million viewers tuned into the Livestream through the event weekend.
It was an all European podium with Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss in the HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46 taking 3rd place after failing to repair his vehicle for a One More Time battle against Irishman, Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper in the semi-finals. The Finals was a battle of the Irish with Kearney and Deane fighting for the win. The drivers put on a show for the fans with an incredibly tight battle, but Deane was able to inch past his opponent to take the win. With three events completed, James Deane has now taken two event wins to move back into the top of the standings.
“We got to have an all-Irish final and that was just mind-blowing,” said James Deane, winner of the Advance Auto Parts Round 3: Road to the Championship. “The two of us just gave it 110%, no messing around, and that’s how to have a battle. I’m super happy and thanks to everyone who made this possible.”
The action continues to Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway on June 2-3.
Round 3: Road to the Championship Event Results
|Pos||Driver||Team and Tire||Car|
|.1||Deane, James||Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire||Nissan 240|
|.2||Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting||Dodge Viper|
|.3||Bluss, Kristaps||HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab||BMW E46|
|.4||Hohnadell, Alec||Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire||Nissan 240|
|.5||Gittin, Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire||Ford Mustang RTR|
|.6||Tuerck, Ryan||Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook||Toyota 86|
|.7||Wiecek, Piotr||Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire||Nissan 240|
|.8||Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire||Nissan 370Z|
|.9||Essa, Michael||Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport||BMW M3|
|10||Field, Matt||Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance||Nissan 240|
|11||Heilbrunn, Alex||IMR / Nitto Tire||BMW M3|
|12||Denofa, Chelsea||BC Racing / Nitto Tire||Ford Mustang RTR|
|13||Coffman, Matt||Nexen Tire / Coffman Racing||Nissan 240|
|14||Hamilton, Nate||Team Enjuku / BC Racing / Hankook Tire||Nissan 240|
|15||Jones, Jeff||DOC Racing||Nissan 240|
|16||Mohan, Kyle||Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016||Mazda MX-5|
2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Standings After 3 Events
|Driver||Team / Tire / Car||Points|
|Deane, James||Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire / Nissan 240||245.00|
|Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting / Dodge Viper||186.00|
|Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire / Toyota Corolla iM||178.00|
2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 3 Events
2017 Tire Championship Standings After 3 Events