Quinn wins Red Bull Car Park Drift at Titanic Quarter in Belfast


THE Red Bull Car Park Drift brought warmth to a cold part of the Titanic.

The event saw 5,000 motorsport fans witness two days of spectacular drifting action.

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SMOKE SCREEN: Red Bull athlete Conor Shanahan, 17, performs a demonstration in his 780hp 2JZ-powered Toyota GT86, posing a wall of smoke for the thousands of spectators during the Red Bull Car Park Drift event which held at Titanic BelfastCredit: TOMMY VENNARD

The event marked the first of qualifying for the 2022 Red Bull Car Park Drift World Final.

And with just one qualifying spot available for the 2022 World Finals, the competition was stiff with 30 drifters coming from all over Ireland.

The riders were motivated and determined to make their mark on the Irish and international drift scene.

With a maximum of 400 points offered, the drivers were marked on the quality and precision of their performance as well as on the appearance and noise of their car and the tire fumes produced during the race.

Despite being an Irish Drift Championship driver and favorite to win before the last four, Alan Delaney had the best score in the first round and the top eight in Sunday’s final.

But it was Tyrone’s Kevin Quinn, one of ten wilds, who won the title and qualifier for the 2022 Red Bull Car Park Drift World Final with 268 points.

    1st PLACE: Kevin Quinn in his 2JZ-powered Nissan S15 wins the Red Bull Drift

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1st PLACE: Kevin Quinn in his 2JZ-powered Nissan S15 wins the Red Bull DriftCredit: TOMMY VENNARD
    SECOND PLACE: Terence Furey put on an incredible show missing Saturday's qualifying to finish second

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SECOND PLACE: Terence Furey put on an incredible show missing Saturday’s qualifying to finish secondCredit: TOMMY VENNARD

TOP 10 RED BULL PARKING DRIFT:

1: Kevin Quinn (Tyrone) 268, Top 4 Score
2: Terence Furey (Donegal) 258, Top 4 Score
3: Shea Rogers (Draperstown) 226, Top 4 Score
4: Alan Delaney (Laois) 222, Top 4 Score
5: Stephen Halferty (Derry) 217, Top 8 Score
6: Tomas Falvey (Cork) 216, Top 8 Score
7: Conor Falvey (Cork) 76, Top 8 Score
8: Neil Dunne (Laois) 74, Top 8

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    THIRD PLACE: Shea Rogers in his incredible Toyota Supra with carbon fiber body

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THIRD PLACE: Shea Rogers in his incredible Toyota Supra with carbon fiber bodyCredit: TOMMY VENNARD

A promising start for Delaney, it was the last round which saw too many penalties incurred, leaving the Laois one step off the podium in fourth place.

Wildcard, Donegal man Terence Furey wowed the crowd and judges alike as he missed Saturday’s practice round.

He took to the track for the first time in Sunday’s competition, producing an impressive performance over all three sets and securing second place, just ten points behind Quinn in first place.

Shea Rogers of Draperstown in his 1,000 horsepower carbon fiber bodyshell, the Toyota Supra produced three smooth laps, earning it a podium spot in third place.

    YOUNG GUN: Conor Shanahan, 17, Red Bull athlete

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YOUNG GUN: Conor Shanahan, 17, Red Bull athleteCredit: TOMMY VENNARD

An impressive group in the competition also included Conor Falvey, 14, from Cork, drifting alongside his father, Tomas Falvey, both producing performances to be proud of.

Neil Dunne, a crowd favorite at the Irish Drift Championship, did not fail to impress by putting on a crowd-pleaser show in Belfast and ended up ripping most of the rear of his Nissan Silvia in the process.

And Irish and European drift sensation Red Bull athlete Conor Shanahan was not in competition but put in a flawless series of runs, showing just how talented he is, opening the event on both days of the competition.

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