The biggest, baddest and most exciting season of Irish drifting is coming in 2019 under the Drift Games banner. More events, more variety, more action and more for fans to sink their teeth into. Welcome to the madness that is Drift Games!
SEASON OPENER – DRIFT GAMES SPRING BASH
DRIFT GAMES SPRING BASH – MONDELLO PARK – FEBRUARY 16/17
We had to kick off a new season with the right event. How does 16 hours of open pit track-time with a night of partying sound? It’s time to pull your car out of hibernation and catch up with the rest of the drift community at the first ever Drift Games Bash – Spring Break in partnership with Club Loose Ireland.
Featuring 5 alternate layouts (including a Meihan replica) two separate classes and the Drift Games Nationals Pro-Am licensing day, this action packed weekender is a must for all drivers and fans. Stay tuned to our web/social channels for driver information.
DRIFT GAMES 2019 COMPETITION CALENDAR
A new era of Irish competitive drifting is here! 2 unique championships, 3 classes, 142 drivers, the craziest layouts and the most intense action guaranteed. With 9 events spread across 5 venues, the Drift Games Nationals and Drift Games Extreme expand the variety and entertainment value for drivers and fans alike. Let’s take a look at the automotive warfare coming your way next season.
LINK ECU DRIFT GAMES NATIONALS
DRIFT GAMES NATIONALS – PRO-AM CLASS (60 DRIVERS)
Ready to get started in the world of competitive drifting? The Drift Games Nationls Pro-Am class is aimed at amateurs and beginners beginning their climb to the top. Operated under the same rules, regulations and criteria as the major leagues, this is the place to cut your teeth in tandem competition.
DRIFT GAMES NATIONALS – PRO CLASS (40 DRIVERS)
The Drift Games Nationals Pro Class provides the equalised playing field drivers and fans have been anxiously anticipating. This championship will reward only the most talented drivers, regardless of financial investment or machinery level. The DGN gives hardcore drift fans and Ireland’s best drivers the fairest, most challenging and rewarding events imaginable.
ROUND 1 – SHOWDOWN | MONDELLO PARK | MARCH 30/31
We kick off the first ever Link ECU Drift Games Nationals at the home of Irish motorsport, Mondello Park. With 100 championship hopefuls, ranging from complete beginners to established pros, ready to throw down, a brand new layout was needed to separate the grid. With all drivers now on an equalised playing field, we will find out who has the skill to win at DGN Showdown.
ROUND 2 – KING OF THE HILL | KARTWORLD | MAY 4/5
There is nothing quite like watching two competitors fire their machines over the hill at Adventureworld, and we are all set for another weekend of tandem action that only this Cork venue can provide. With a high-speed entry and numerous hairpins, this layout challenges driver resolve like no other. When the dust finally settles, who will be crowned DGN King of The Hill?
ROUND 3 – JDM CAR CULTURE | EIKON EXHIBITION CENTRE | JULY 6/7
Northern Ireland’s biggest JDM car show will play host to the penultimate round of the Drift Games Nationals. 5000 people, 300 show cars and now 100 drift competitors, this is the event Northern drift fans have been waiting for. A challenging custom-built layout will test the very best and decide who will be in the Drift Games Nationals championship hunt ahead of our final round.
ROUND 4 – THE GRAND NATIONALS | PUNCHESTOWN | AUGUST 23/24
One of Ireland’s most iconic venues returns as the stage for our grand finale. Trading horse racing for horsepower, Punchestown offers up the most challenging layout drivers will attempt all season. With nothing to lose and a long off-season ahead, expect competitors to go for broke here. The Drift Games Nationals champions will be crowned this August, don’t miss the fireworks!
LINK ECU DRIFT GAMES EXTREME
DRIFT GAMES EXTREME – (32 DRIVERS + 8 WILDCARDS PER EVENT)
The Drift Games Extreme championship is all about pushing the best drivers in Ireland to and beyond their limits. The DGX is primarily aimed at attracting new fans, viewers and partners to the incredible sport of drifting in Ireland. It features a highly unique and entertainment-focused format, with an emphasis on dangerous layouts, impressive machinery and extensive coverage. The highest profile venues will be filled with intense and relentless action over the course of this amazing five round series.
ROUND 1 – MODIFIED LIVE | MONDELLO PARK | APRIL 20/21
This is no longer a traditional drift event. The Drift Games Extreme is bringing a brand new style of competition to Mondello Park at Modified Live. Faster, louder, sharper and more entertaining, our premiere event will throw out the pre-conceived stereotypes and increase the excitement!. Modified Live is the first event of the car show season and brings those winter projects out of hibernation. With Ireland’s best drifters, show cars and numerous new attractions, this opener is unmissable for car enthusiasts.
ROUND 2 – DRIFT ON THE DOCKS 3 | DÚN LAOGHAIRE | MAY 11/12
The trilogy is actually happening! After the projected sale of the Dun Laoghaire ferry terminal fell through early this year, we couldn’t see the most picturesque venue on the calendar sit vacant in 2019, could we? Now that we are in bonus time, the gloves are off! We think a new layout with more speed and danger has to be on the cards. With numerous additional attractions added, we are taking it up a notch on the docks!
ROUND 3 – RETROMANIA | MONDELLO PARK | JUNE 1/2
Retromania recaptures the automotive world as it was in the 80’s and 90’s. From old school touring car races, to Group B rallying and old-school builds, we are going back to a time when the combustion engine was being pushed to it’s limits. Combine this nostalgia with an 80’s throwback party and 90’s tribute bands, and you have a festival any petrolhead can enjoy. Drift Games Extreme drivers will also be pitted against the very best of the British Drift Championship in a winner-takes-all grudge match for dominance.
ROUND 4 – IRISH MOTOR FESTIVAL | PUNCHESTOWN | AUGUST 25TH
A nationwide celebration of motoring passion in all it’s forms, the 2019 Irish Motor Festival offers a unique and engaging motoring experience for enthusiasts, families and fans. Encompassing all aspects of car culture, this event showcases the best automotive variety Ireland has to offer. The biggest drift weekender of the year, cars of all types and origins, manufacturer displays and much more. This show represents all that is good within the car scene in Ireland. Petrolhead heaven in Punchestown this August.
ROUND 5 – JAPFEST | MONDELLO PARK | SEPTEMBER 21/22
Not content with being Ireland’s biggest car show, JAPFEST 2019 now aims for the title of ‘biggest drift event in the world’ as the Drift Games Extreme concludes an incredible year of action alongside the Drift Masters GP European championship. 45 of Europe’s best drivers, representing 20 nations, will invade Mondello Park to fight the Irish on the infamous and highly dangerous ‘Global Warfare’ layout. Not for the faint hearted!
SEASON CLOSER – DRIFT GAMES END OF YEAR BASH
DRIFT GAMES BASH – MONDELLO PARK – OCTOBER 27/28
The now-infamous Drift Games Bash – End Of Season Bash is the perfect place for an amateur or beginner to shred tyres or enjoy an alcoholic beverage with the best drivers in Ireland. With the pressure of the Drift Games Nationals and Drift Games Extreme events behind us, this event is all about having fun in a low pressure environment. Club Loose Ireland will be adding some special touches, so expect new layouts, more track time than you can handle and more tandem/train action than should be legal.
MORE INFORMATION TO COME
So now you know the basics, make sure you stay tuned to our web, social and Youtube channels for more details on everything Drift Games in 2019. We have lots of announcements coming soon. It’s going to be a wild ride!
And of course, make sure you save or screen shot the calendar below so you don’t miss a thing!