James Deane has established himself as one of the fastest-growing personalities in the sport and boasts the largest following of any Irish motorsport personality in the world. James began his competitive drift career in 2006 behind the wheel of a Ford Sierra in the Prodrift Junior Championship, and in 2023 he is again behind the wheel of a Ford, only this time it is a Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD in Formula Drift with 1,111 horsepower.
James makes his Formula Drift return, the world’s premier drift series, after a three-year hiatus from the series, which saw him take home the Championship in three consecutive seasons (2017, 2018, 2019).
However, during his hiatus from US drifting, he was no stranger to winning, taking first at the DriftNeu North Cyprus Championship Finals, Goodwood Festival of Speed Driftkhana competition, the LZ Festival Mondello Park, multiple podiums in the Drift Masters European Championship, and that’s just 2022.
As 2023 gets underway, James will be in pursuit of a record-setting 4th Formula Drift Championship and 3rd for RTR Motorsports.