This past weekend, Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC), hit Germany for the penultimate round of the six-event series.
This amazing venue, a decommissioned steel mine named Ferropolis, was touted to be the biggest and best round of the series to date. That is a big statement, considering the euphoric atmosphere at the DMEC events to date! The on-track action in Germany did not disappoint, with the head-to-head battles going right down to the wire.
In the final, reigning Champion James Deane managed to narrowly win over Link ECU sponsored Drift Pilot Steve 'Baggsy' Baggioni, who claimed an emotional maiden podium in the Drift Masters league.
'Baggsy' is just one of the Link ECU support Driver's in this championship. His LSX V8 engine is controlled by a Link Thunder ECU and pumps out over 900 horsepower.
The DMEC competition has certainly heated up this year and this kind of horsepower is necessary to be competing for victory. The drivers, cars and teams are all pushing to the limits. The equipment to do so is simply, top notch. Link ECU are pleased to be the Engine Management of choice for many of the vehicles.
Lets take a look at the line up of Drift Masters cars proudly supported by Link ECU...
Three-times event Winner this year, Duane McKeever, is putting his new car to good use in DMEC. The 180SX shell plays host to a RB28 engine, ehich originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out. The result is a car that brings something unique to the show and provides huge horsepower for Duane power away from competitors on many occasions. . The package proves to be a threatening lightweight and high horsepower combination. The team at Bradley Motorworks have spent hours building and tuning the motor to perfection utilising the Link G4+ Fury ECU and PC Link software.
Jack Shanahan built a new car for 2019, a 2JZ powered Toyota 86. This is one tidy build. The 86 provides a modern look while the 2JZ provides close to 1000 horsepower for Jack to play with. A former IDC and BDC Champion, Jack not only has exceptional driver skill but has also built a lot of this car himself. The Shanahans VLOG series found here covers a lot of the build progress (and some fairly chaotic travels around Europe competing!).
Jack's car is controlled by a Link G4+ Fury ECU and also features the AiM MXS Strada Dash.
Conor Shanahan is also featuring a new car this season. Similar to his Brother Jack, the car is powered by 2JZ engine but instead sits inside a S15 Chassis. The build was finished at the last-minute ahead of Round One in June and initially suffered a few issues needing to be ironed out. As the season has progressed however, the car has gone from strength the strength, cemented with a win at the Drift Games 'Drift the Docks' event and a Top 3 Qualifying effort at DMEC Germany. Conor's car also uses a Link Fury ECU.
The Red Bull Drift Brothers have used Link Engine Management for many years now. Their cars feature the Link Thunder ECU and have been tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie. Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8, featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm.
Jo Hountondji drives a custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm, which absolutely roars around the circuits.
Ahmad Daham is not only 'Emirates Drift King', but also a Link ECU tuner. Ahmad is competing in Drift Masters Grand Prix in his S15 "Senshi" while his brand new Lexus Drift Car remains in the United Arab Emirates this year. The 2JZ powered S-Chassis is definitely powerful enough however, pushing close to 900 horsepower. Ahmad has the Link G4 Thunder in this car and makes good use of the PC Link data logging to ensure the engine is running to its best potential!
Steve Baggsy Biaggioni, as we mentioned earlier, is experiencing great success this year. With his first podium now in the bag, we can't wait to see what else he and his LSX V8 has in store for the rest of the season.
The final Drift Masters event for 2019 is scheduled to be held at Mondello Park on the 20-21st September, where we will find out which car & Driver package will be crowned 2019 DMEC Champion!