Deane takes Formula Drift Championship, Więcek wins in Irwindale
Amazing end to Worthouse Drift Team’s rookie season in the Formula DRIFT Championship. As James Deane lifted the 2017 title in Irwindale on Saturday night his teammate Piotr Więcek won the final event.
Więcek and Deane were on fire throughout the whole weekend, taking second and third in the qualifying on Friday before Saturday’s Top 32 solo Bye Run officially gave the Irishman the Formula Drift title on the day of his 26th birthday.
Later on the Worthouse duo were charging through the field, with Więcek winning battles with Kristaps Bluss and Fredric Aasbo before being set to clash with Deane in the Top 4. Unfortunately, due to damage to his car after contact from Odi Bakchis in their Great 8 clash, the Irishman was eventually unable to go out for the Top 4 battle with his teammate. However a third position in Friday’s qualifying meant he was able to step on the third step of the final podium.
Więcek went on to battle with Dai Yoshihara in the final, coming out on top after a close chase run and taking his first victory to wrap up his rookie Formula Drift campaign in style. The win also elevated the Pole from 12th to 8th in the overall standings.
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