Team Achilles attends Irish Drift Championship "Global Warfare"
July 10, 2014
July 10, 2014 – Santa Clarita, Calif. - Team Achilles drivers Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, and Dean Kearney competed in the third round of Irish Drift Championship dubbed "Global Warfare" by the series. This event would mark the first time in IDC history that five Formula Drift drivers would compete against the Irish on home soil.
Robbie Nishida got to grips with the MG Crash Repairs/Achilles Radial RB27 powered S15 and became accustomed to the daunting new track layout. Dean Kearney felt right at home in his MG Crash Repairs/Achilles Radial S15, which he drove to a respectable 2nd place at Round 1 of the IDC earlier this season. Things were looking great for Team Achilles during their first practice session, until Daigo Saito's Altezza suffered some teething mechanical issues that effectively rendered it out of commission for the rest of the weekend.
After a long night working on the Altezza, it was determined that Daigo would drive the team’s backup [pro2] Silvia. After Daigo had laid down his first three practice runs the team knew that there was no need to panic as he was rubbing the wall from the get go!
Robbie Nishida and Dean Kearney would lay down some solid qualification runs to secure Robbie in 9th place and Dean in 5th respectively. Daigo Saito, in the backup Pro2 car, then impressively landed top spot after an astonishing qualifying lap. Things were looking great for the Team Achilles Radial drivers as they advanced through Top 32 battles, with all three drivers securing a spot the Top 16.
The SuperLap challenge saw drivers put it all out there in a single run, vying to claim the prize for the sickest run. Team Achilles driver Daigo Saito thrilled the crowds and won the round for Team Achilles.
Nishida and Kearney both fell to mechanical issues in the Top 16. The last man standing in Team Achilles was Daigo Saito who would do battle with former Formula Drift driver Matt Powers. After an OMT battle, Saito would advance to the Great 8, where he would best Hankook driver Mike Fitz in a thrilling battle with both drivers making impact with the wall. Saito would drive the pro2 car to the Final 4 where clutch problems would end his weekend with a respectful 4th place overall finish.
The Irish drivers and fans welcomed Team Achilles with open arms, and we could not have been happier to be a part of this great event.
Team Achilles will compete at Formula DRIFT Seattle – Throwdown on July 18th & 19th. Be sure to follow Team Achilles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/achillestire) and Instagram (@achillestire).