Full Highlights Drift Masters European Championship Round 1 | DMEC 2019

  • Published: 14 June 2019
  • Watch a full event recap of the first event of the Drift Masters European Championship 2019 from Greinbach, Austria.
    Round one of the Drift Masters European Championship 2019, at the fast and technical PS Racing Center Greinbach in Austria, saw Northern Irish and Link ECU-sponsored driver Duane McKeever overcome an all-star international roster to claim the top step of the podium, defeating defending DMEC champion James Deane in a tense final battle. Polish star Adam Zalewski would take third place, with Lithuanian Benediktas Cirba finishing up in fourth.
    The stage was set as Europe’s best professional drift drivers descended on Greinbach, Austria to do battle and determine who would become the first winner of 2019. The three international judges set out one of the longest competition circuits in DMEC history, with the fast, undulating and twisting track doubling back on itself several times before the drivers burst over the finish line in front of the crowd.
    In qualifying, Ireland’s Jack Shanahan claimed P1 with a 91-point run, backed by Norway’s Tor Arne Kvia in P2 with 90 points, and James Deane in P3 with 89 points.
    With the livestream broadcast across social media and on Red Bull TV, the Top 32 became the Top 16. There would be no easy route to the finals with a host of national champions left on the board. Drift Masters is the only championship where you can see the likes of Deane, Rintanen, Karkosik, Cirba, the Shanahans, Zalewski, Fontijn and the Hountondji brothers on one circuit. Local wild card driver Daniel Brandner had the crowd behind him as he tackled Adam Zalewski, however Zalewski’s experience and pace shone through as he proceeded into the Great 8.
    A highlight in the Great 8 was Duane McKeever, who went head-to-head with Juha Rintanen, with the Northern Irish driver coming out on top after a closely-fought battle. Cirba and Hountondji’s face-off was equally close, whilst on the other side of the bracket Zalewski and Deane would also come out victorious in their respective battles. In the Semi Finals crucial mistakes from Zalewski would hand James Deane a hard-fought place in the finals, whilst Benediktas Cirba gave it his all against an on-form McKeever. It seemed as if nothing could stop McKeever, so we had an all-Irish final.
    With both drivers having travelled side-by-side half way across Europe to do battle, they would settle things side-by-side too. Both McKeever and Deane gave it their all, with maximum commitment during both runs, whilst narrowly avoiding any substantial contact. As the smoke settled no-one in the crowd could call a victor, but the judges saw different. McKeever had done enough to separate himself from the defending champion in his first ever Drift Masters event.
    Duane McKeever is the winner of round one in Austria!

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Comments • 22

  • phoenixsui
    phoenixsui  3 months back

    Very nice Video and summary. Thanks.

    • Ajay Kumar Prasad
      Ajay Kumar Prasad  3 months back

      What's the song name?

      • Ajay Kumar Prasad
        Ajay Kumar Prasad  4 months back

        That yellow-black Silvia S13 @ 6:02
        So mesmerising!

        • agentsleepyhead
          agentsleepyhead  4 months back

          Guys I don't know if I'm late to this party if I am feel free to let me know but we have got to get the conversation going about a red bull vs monster colab video

          • q perry
            q perry  4 months back

            I swear the intro of this had me looking for the start button so I can play🎮🎮🤣🤣🤣🤣

            • Hervé ARNAUD
              Hervé ARNAUD  4 months back

              So... where’s the round two livestream ?
              Can’t find anything on YouTube!

              • james taylor
                james taylor  4 months back

                on facebook and redbull app they arent doing youtube this year for some reason ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

            • paul mansell
              paul mansell  4 months back

              James Dean should have won that dwane had no angle on his lead run so that's why he had more speed, Dean carried more angle and still stayed with him all the way

              • yohoho321
                yohoho321  4 months back

                Hey there, Red Bull team~ I know you had drifting drivers in Russia and CIS, do you have now? How about include Russian drifting to your videos?

                • yohoho321
                  yohoho321  4 months back

                  Hey there, Red Bull team~ I know you had drifting drivers in Russia and CIS, do you have now? How about include Russian drifting to your videos?

                  • Bruce Martin
                    Bruce Martin  4 months back

                    Queen B!!!!!

                    • Nick Chronic
                      Nick Chronic  4 months back

                      so when do we get a drift game from redbull

                      • Husi
                        Husi  4 months back

                        idk but i want it

                    • YAZ
                      YAZ  4 months back

                      Red Bull always brings the heat. Cheers

                      • cv0x
                        cv0x  4 months back

                        CHOTĚTOV! 🔥

                        • d1styl
                          d1styl  4 months back

                          Lol.... that was the worst call.... dean had that win in the bag

                        • Shamil Laldas
                          Shamil Laldas  4 months back

                          Can't wait for round 2. 🏁

                          • Sito un po’ Fri fri
                            Sito un po’ Fri fri  4 months back