We were driving a 1l Yaris, a massive downgrade from the turbo diesel Peugeot 308.
Our accommodation was in the countryside about half way between Mallow & Buttevant at the Springfort Hall Hotel, certainly a step up in the accommodation world!
Our second day in Ireland we headed to MCN sport which was about a 10 minute drive from our accommodation. We stopped off at Lyla’s Kitchen for lunch – it turns out IDC organiser Sarah’s mum owns the shop, small world!
We arrived at MCN sport to two huge Bernese Mountain dogs greeting us and then we met Mike Fitz. Mike and I had been chatting on Facebook for about 3 months trying to arrange the Irish leg of our journey so it was great to finally meet.
Following this we headed to the Shanahan’s. Jack Shanahan is just 13 years old and is making waves with his incredible drifting talent. They start them young in Ireland! The family were helping us out with a car for the weekend at Ennis, we were going to be driving the BMW M3 powered S14 but Jack’s 180sx was in transit from Poland to Sweden following the European All Stars event he is a part of.
The following day we had some time to ourselves in the morning so following Mike’s recommendation we went to Killarney. It is a place of sensational natural beauty and definitely must be visited. We then headed off to meet Mike at West Coast Performance, Mike’s description of where the workshop is located was ‘It’s the equivalent of the Aussie Outback’ and he wasn’t wrong! We managed to find the workshop and were very impressed with the quality of cars they were working on and the plethora of RB’s around the place. Definitely an RB lovers paradise!
But first we headed off to The Spinning Wheel pub for lunch in Castletownroche, this little pub is definitely what you imagine Irish pubs to be, very quaint. We had lunch with James and Jack, and then John arrived so we had the chance to catch up away from the cars.
When we were finished working on the cars we headed to the town of Ennis in preparation for the weekends Drifting.
We were told that the track surface is quite average… which was certainly true but it did make the circuit more technical having to avoid the uneven surface and drains.
The Pro Class were given about 30 min of practice on the Saturday so Simon was out there straight away. It took a few laps to be used to the car and also used to the track but once settled it was time to start getting some epic entries under way. Simon did a few laps with James Deane just to ensure that he had a good line following him. James mentioned over the weekend that he really enjoyed Simon’s aggressive driving style which was a huge compliment.
We arrived at the track on Sunday with it drizzling with rain. Unfortunately this didn’t get much better for practice and qualifying, the track surface changed dramatically even with the small layout. From very bumpy so incredibly slippery and everything in between. Thankfully it dried up for the Top 16 battles.
So interesting in fact, that Simon was then up against good friend Mike Fitz in his incredible FC RX7, unfortunately he blew a motor at IDC2, but he was back better than ever for IDC3. Simon and Mike completed their battle, and then had two One More Time’s to announce Mike as the winner.
The battle for first and second was between James Deane and Duane McKeever. James is 21 and Duane just 18 years old. These guys have battled in the finals many times now and the results can go either way. With incredible proximity and aggressive driving James was awarded the win.
I hear we must visit Punchestown?!