Irish ace James Deane beat local 16-year-broken-down sensation Nikolass Bertans to clinch his maiden FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup in Sunday’s final held on the Bikernieki tune in Riga. Ukraine’s Max Miller rounded out the rostrum.
Following a downpour on Saturday, the second day of the 2021 FIA IDC greeted the High 16 rivals with a dry tune, taking into legend quite a lot of end tandem stagger battles.
Irishman Deane, no matter making his FIA IDC debut, over all over again proved that Riga is his chuffed trying flooring, having won on the venue sveral times, including his final year’s DriftMasters triumph.
The a pair of Formula Skedaddle alongside with the fling and DriftMasters champion began off his lag to the glory by a bye-stagger and then went in opposition to the likes Marco Zakouril, Alex Golovnya and Kristaps Bluss before going thru teen Bertans within the final.
The youngest driver within the history of the FIA IDC used to be nursing quite a lot of technical points in his BMW E36 being forced to preserve end a five-minute damage for mandatory repairs at one stage.
The younger Latvian also began with a bye-stagger, then getting the higher of Ivo Cirulis, Benediktas Čirba and Miller on his means to transfer in opposition to Dean.
Ukrainian Miller rounded out the rostrum following Bluss’ mistake within the semi-finals. The Latvian had contact with the wall, which resulted in a broken rear suspension on his Eurofighter-based completely mostly BMW, putting him out of contention sooner than the combat for third.
No matter negative his BMW 4 Assortment within the morning’s notice session, Miller managed to positioned on a huge reward, starting with a bye-stagger, then going in opposition to Evgenii Losev in a Toyota Set 2 and at final forcing him correct into a mistake.
Within the next round, the Ukrainian went in opposition to the winner of the qualifying session Damir Idiatulin. The Russian crashed his Toyota Altezza and did no longer manage to comprise it repaired in time, retiring, and letting Miller thru to the semi-finals.
The session used to be no longer rapid of surprises, with two-time FIA IDC winner Georgy Chivchyan no longer making it past the discontinuance High 16, having been overwhelmed by Bluss.
The 2021 edition of the FIA IDC used to be the first one with a separate Groups classification. Native outfit VIADA Latvija emerged on high, with AIMOL Racing coming in second and Liqui Moly Team rounding out the discontinuance three.
POST-EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
James Deane, 1st scheme
“I knew from the start that it would no longer be an effortless weekend for us. I know this tune reasonably effectively, so I know how simple it is to assemble a mistake right here. Thanks to the climate it used to be a in point of fact no longer easy weekend for everybody.
These BMWs are in actuality rapid firstly, so I knew that I wanted to be orderly. Even before the finals I knew it might really per chance per chance per chance even be advanced to combat in distinction improbable kid, Nikolass Bertans. He’s fantastic and his future is in actuality in actuality vivid.
I used to be factual in actuality chuffed to force with him, he’s a appropriate man, no video games, no messing, flat out and he used to be awesome. Unlucky that he had technical points, nevertheless he comprise a vivid future ahead.”
Nikolass Bertans, 2nd scheme
“Within the finals I warmed up my tires, it felt big, I used to be ready, we initiated, I used to be trying to be as end as attainable and then the vehicle factual didn’t plod.
The problem used to be that one skedaddle unbolted and it purchased caught below the pedal, so I couldn’t press it. I would take hang of to thank the organisers, they pulled it off. For me, it used to be the first big trip and the results are also big. If we comprise a gamble, we’d positively come right here all over again.”
Max Miller, 3rd scheme
“I’m in actuality chuffed to be right here, it used to be a huge trip for everybody – my crew, for my sponsors – and I’m in actuality proud to be right here and proud to say my country, on account of I give it some notion is going to give a preserve end for the repute of drifting in Ukraine.
It’s a shame that I didn’t comprise a combat for third scheme due to Kristaps Bluss’ mechanical issues.”
Dmitry Dobrovolsky, CEO of RDS, the promoter if FIA IDC:
“It’s constantly very advanced to recount about the occasion appropriate after on account of you are feeling fully exhausted. Nonetheless what I will narrate is that it used to be a huge ache for RDS [as the promoter of the event], nevertheless the main ingredient is that we did it, and did it efficiently.
Our three-year contract with FIA it’s factual a beggining. I am hoping that after this occasion we came worthy closer to figuring out every single course of. I’m chuffed that every motor sport folks are starting to like drifting.
My mission is to pull drifting to the discontinuance and build it the hearts of the oldsters. Subsequent year I am hoping we are in a position to be in a scheme to transfer extra, and the preparations start now. I will’t narrate too many facts but, nevertheless I am hoping we are in a position to enlighten a scheme reasonably soon.”