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The 10 biggest announcements about IDC 2018

by Adam O'Connor 10th April 2018

So with the start of the 2018 Link ECU Irish Drift Championship (IDC) now less than 2 weeks away, what better time to take a closer look through 10 of the biggest announcements regarding the most exciting season ever for Irish drifting. Without further ado, let’s jump right in …

SHOWDOWN – IDC vs. IRX

For 1 weekend only, 2 of Ireland’s most exciting and action-packed motorsports collide for one historic event in Mondello Park on April 21st & 22nd for Round 1 of the 2018 Link ECU IDC. The IDC and the Irish Rallycross Championship (IRX) are ready to bring their own brand of automotive lunacy to Mondello Park for 2 days of automotive insanity at SHOWDOWN, so make sure you don’t miss out on this epic event. Get your tickets NOW!

The Prize Fight

IDC Round 3 returns to Mondello Park and will play host to the largest winner-takes-all prize in the history of Irish motorsport, as well as the biggest one-day prize in drift history. One driver will leave Mondello Park with €20,000 and with 80 drivers from across the globe chasing a life-changing financial reward, we can guarantee you will see some of the hardest fought battles ever, risking it all for the Prize Fight glory.

2018 Season Prize Fund

In 2018, competitive Irish drifting goes professional, with a potential prize fund of €140,000! Drivers will have to lay it all on the line and fight for their right to the staggering reward up for grabs. Who will possibly come out on top? Make sure you’re glued to IDC 2018 to find out.

Punchestown is Back

Back with a bang, Punchestown has long been heralded as a fan favourite for its impact and speed, coupled with playing host to some of Irish drifting’s most explosive moments. The Irish Drift Championship will once again return to a custom circuit that many believed lost to the history books and will attempt to once again steal the show and reignite drifting at one of Ireland’s most prestigious horse racing and event centres.

Irish Motor Festival

Coupled with the return to Punchestown, the IDC will take place at the all-new Irish Motor Festival, which will host a nationwide celebration of motoring passion in all its forms. The 2018 Irish Motor Festival will offer a unique and engaging motoring experience for drivers, dealers, families and fans alike. Encompassing all aspects of car culture, this event showcases the best in automotive variety that Ireland has to offer and is not one to be missed.

Dún Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire was seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity for Irish drifters, but now we get to do it all over again. Round 2 is a must for any Irish drift fan this season because later in the year, Dublin Port Authority will, unfortunately, repurpose the harbour into another Dublin office space, meaning this is the final time the Irish Drift Championship will transform the decommissioned ferry terminal at Dún Laoghaire harbour into a purpose-built drift circuit.

Seeing as last year’s event sold-out in under 4 hours and certainly lived up to the anticipation and hype, the breathtaking backdrop and stadium-like atmosphere, coupled with the non-stop action make this event unmissable. Get ready to grab your tickets when they go on sale on Monday, April 23rd!

Drift Masters vs IDC

Not content with being Ireland’s biggest car show, Japfest 2018 now aims for the title of ‘Biggest drift event in the world’ as not only will the infamous Irish Drift Championship conclude an incredible year of action, but the Drift Masters GP European championship comes to town and that will see 40 of the world’s best drivers invade Mondello Park to take down the 14 years undefeated home soil streak and do what names like Saito, Nishida, Nakamura, Forsberg, Tuerck and more could not.

The Pro-Am Takeover

The IDC Pro-Am drivers will emerge from the shadows of their Pro counterparts to headline their own finale at Kartworld in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork on September 2nd, 2018. This tight technical circuit will prove a fitting challenge for Ireland’s future talent and certainly takes no prisoners. With a €5,000 prize-fund on the line, expect insane action and notoriously aggressive battles.

Shanahan Heads For Europe

He’s conquered Ireland, he’s conquered the UK and now Irish and British Drift Champion, Jack Shanahan has his sights set on European silverware as he is set to compete in the Drift Masters European Championship in 2018.

For years the IDC Pro Championship had alluded the drift phenom’s grip, but having conquered the top tier of Irish drifting in 2017, it’s European domination Jack now relishes. He will still contest as many rounds as possible in the IDC 2018 calendar, aiming to do all and try and do back-to-back title victories, but it’s safe to say that his sights are set firmly on European silverware. Rumour has it, he will be accompanied by a brand new build to do so. What could it be? Only time will tell.

The Machine is BACK!

Arguably the greatest drifter the world has ever seen, 2017 Formula Drift Champion James Deane will compete in select IDC 2018 events. “The Machine” will be fighting for a back-to-back FD title stateside, but on home soil, he will do battle on track to defend the 14-year undefeated Irish streak once again.

So now that we’ve brought you just 10 of the incredible announcements about the 2018 IDC season, tell us – which of the 10 are you most excited about?!