Third place finish for local driver at Red Bull Drift Pursuit at Limerick Greyhound Stadium

Davan Leahy, Alan Hynes and Craig Searles at the award ceremony of the Red Bull Drift Pursuit in Limerick. Photo: Sebastian Marko.

NEWCASTLE West man Craig Searles took home third place at the first Red Bull Drift Pursuit event after an intense weekend of driving. The local man took home the bronze, following not far behind Cork’s Alan Hynes, who took the top spot on the podium.

The event, a first of its kind in Ireland, saw drivers take on a specially designed course at Limerick Greyhound Stadium vying to win as many points as possible to qualify for the finals.

The event saw thousands of people from Limerick and counties across the country flock to the Dock Road venue this past Saturday and Sunday to watch some of Ireland’s best and brightest drift drivers battle it out for the Red Bull Drift Pursuit title.

Cork man Alan Hynes took home the inaugural title, with 15-year-old Davan Leahy from Waterford taking second step on the podium, trailed only slightly by Limerick’s own Craig Searles in third.

Crowds were further entertained by Red Bull athlete and reigning Drift Masters European champion Conor Shanahan, along with his brother Jack Shanahan, putting on a show in front of a sold out crowd on both nights.

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Three-time American Formula Drift winner James Deane was on hand too to wow crowds across the weekend.

It’s a historic year for the sport of drifting in Ireland, with the Irish Drift Championship (IDC) celebrating 20 years of bringing the motorsport to crowds across Ireland.

Round two of the IDC takes place this coming weekend at Watergrasshill in Cork.