When James Deane made his return to Formula Drift after several seasons away and earned a dominant victory at Long Beach, the drifting community was put on notice that the young Irish driver was going to be the top championship contender in 2017. That hype-train slowed down a lot when Deane was defeated by J. Castro in an epic Top 16 battle at Round 2 in Orlando. Well, it looks like things got rolling again for Deane as he once again made it to the top of the podium in Round 3 at Road Atlanta.
Joining Deane on the podium was fellow Irishman Dean Kearney who put up a valiant effort against Deane but ultimately lost but earned a 2nd place finish for his efforts. Rounding out the podium was Latvian wild-card Kristaps Bluss.
To get to the #1 podium spot James Deane had to go through a gauntlet of top talent facing Ken Gushi in Top 32, Matt Field in Top 16, Chris Forsberg in “Great 8”, and Alec Honadell, in the final four before finally defeating Dean Kearney in the finals.
With two victories under his belt, James Deane is now leading the championship with his closest competitor Dean Kearny being 59 points back. Can he keep the momentum going into round 4 at Wall Speedway next month? It won’t be easy as Wall Speedway is notorious for causing DNF’s due to its harsh bank-to-flat transition.
We’re looking forward to how it will all shake out!