James Deane takes back lead with Round Three victory

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras made its way to Road Atlanta where fans saw James Deane in the Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 take the event victory and regain the lead in the chase for the championship.

“This event showcased the global talent within the Series,” said Jim Liaw, president, and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Each round has been highly competitive and with only three events remaining it will be exciting to see how it unfolds.”

It was an all-European podium with Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss in the HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46 taking 3rd place after failing to repair his vehicle for a One More Time battle against Irishman, Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper in the semi-finals.

The Final battle was between Kearney and Deane fighting for the win. The drivers put on a show for the fans with an incredibly tight battle, but Deane was able to inch past his opponent to take the win.

With three events completed, James Deane has now taken two event wins to move back into the top of the standings.

“We got to have an all-Irish final and that was just mind-blowing,” said James Deane, winner of Round 3: Road to the Championship. “The two of us just gave it 110-percent, no messing around, and that’s how to have a battle. I’m super happy and thanks to everyone who made this possible.”

The action continues to Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway on June 2-3. 

Advance Auto Parts Round 3: Road to the Championship Event Results

1. Deane, James Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 Winner
2. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 2nd Place
3. Bluss, Kristaps HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46 3rd Place
4. Hohnadell, Alec Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire Nissan 240 4th Place
5. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 5th Place
6. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86 6th Place
7. Wiecek, Piotr Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 7th Place
8. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 8th Place
9. Essa, Michael Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3 9th Place
10. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240 10th Place
11. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR / Nitto Tire BMW M3 11th Place
12. Denofa, Chelsea BC Racing / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 12th Place
13. Coffman, Matt Nexen Tire / Coffman Racing Nissan 240 13th Place
14. Hamilton, Nate Team Enjuku / BC Racing / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 14th Place
15. Jones, Jeff DOC Racing Nissan 240 15th Place
16. Mohan, Kyle Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016 MX-5 16th Place

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 3 Events

1. Deane, James Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 245.00 Points
2. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 186.00 Points
3. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM 178.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 3 Events

1. Toyota 351.00 Points
2. Ford 250.00 Points
3. Dodge 186.00 Points
4. BMW 157.00 Points
5. Nissan 137.00 Points
6. Mazda 68.00 Points

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 3 Events

1. Falken 435.00 Points
2. Achilles 374.00 Points
3. Nexen 363.00 Points
4. Hankook 310.00 Points
5. Nitto 299.00 Points

Photography courtesy of Formula Drift | Larry Chen

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