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Photos from FIA IDC (Intercontinetal Drift Championship) featuring Monster athletes Daigo Saito, Dmitriy Illuk, Arkadiy Tsaregradsev, Sergey Kabargin, Nikolass Bertans


Jun 162021

Riga hosted the 4th FIA Intercontinental Drift Cup at the Bikernieki track. For the first time the tournament took place in Europe and now has its first European winner – one of the most experienced and titled drifters from Ireland, James Deane!

After a two-year break, the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup finally happened this year despite all pandemic restrictions and most of the main stars of the world managed to come to fight for the title of the world’s best drifter: James Dean, Georgy “Gocha” Chivchyan, Daigo Saito, Arkady Tsaregradsev and many others.


The international composition of the participants was strengthened by a whole galaxy of Latvian pilots led by the most known Kristaps Bluss and 16-year-old pilot Nikolass “NikNak” Bertans – it was he who became the main sensation of the FIA IDC 2021, making his way to the final. Only technical problems did not allow Bertans to fight on equal with Dean – in the first race, Nikolass lost speed due to a bolt stuck under the pedal.


Kristaps Blushs himself reached the semifinals on the home track, where he made a mistake in the race with James Dean, touched the wall several times and broke the rear suspension of his Eurofighter. As a result, the Latvian driver could not compete for the 3rd place, which went to Max Miller.


Nicholas Berthans and James Dean met in the final, where they had two bright and unmistakable races, but experience and a bit of Irish luck prevailed and James Dean was able to win his first gold of FIA IDC. NikNak finished second on his home circuit after he had technical problems with his car in the first heat as a chaser and the team took a 5-minute break to repair.


James Deane:

“I knew from the beginning that it would not be a straightforward weekend for us. I do know this monitor fairly effectively, so I understand how simple it’s to make a mistake right here. Due to the climate it was an extremely powerful weekend for everybody.

These BMWs are actually quick initially, so I knew that I needed to be sensible. Even earlier than the finals I knew it will be tough to combat towards this superb child, Nikolass Bertans. He’s unbelievable and his future is de facto actually vibrant. I used to be simply actually completely satisfied to drive with him, he’s a great man, no video games, no messing, flat out and he was superior. Unfortunate that he had technical points, however he has a vibrant future forward.”


Nikolass Bertans:

“Within the finals I warmed up my tires, it felt nice, I used to be prepared, we initiated, I used to be attempting to be as shut as potential after which the automobile simply didn’t go.

The issue was that one bolt unbolted and it got caught beneath the pedal, so I couldn’t press it. I want to thank the organisers, they pulled it off. For me, it was the primary massive expertise and the outcomes are additionally nice. If we’ve got an opportunity, we’d positively come right here once more.