Healy takes che­quered flag in Mon­dello Park

Bray People - - Sport -

DEN­NIS HEALY took a long over­due victory at Round 6 of the Pro­drift IRL Se­ries held at Japfest, Mon­dello Park. Un­der ideal con­di­tions and in front of a record at­ten­dance the young Wick­low drifter, driv­ing his pur­ple Hunky Do­rys/Nexen Corolla, earned his first Pro­drift win in what was per­haps the most com­pet­i­tive Top16 bat­tles of the sea­son. The win also cat­a­pulted Healy to an over­all Se­ries re­sult of third.

Healy’s Nexen team mate, James Deane, added to the cel­e­bra­tions for Team Nexen. The 16 year old Cork driver fin­ished in third po­si­tion on the day which earned him the pres­ti­gious ti­tle of 2008 Pro­drift IRL Cham­pion.

Those fa­mil­iar with the pur­ple 2.0 Litre turbo pow­ered Corolla of Healy will ap­pre­ci­ate the curve of im­prove­ment that this young driver has been demon­strat­ing through­out the 2008 sea­son. Healy com­pletely re-built this car prior to the 2008 sea­son and aside from some cos­metic scars ac­quired dur­ing early sea­son demon­stra­tions in Den­mark, the pow­er­ful Corolla has im­proved with ev­ery event.

A top 8 fin­ish at Pro­drift Swe­den was fol­lowed by a 2nd place at IRL Round 3 Belfast and con­sis­tent Top 8 fin­ishes across the other Pro- drift events was ev­i­dence of the po­ten­tial of Healy’s cre­ation. Fi­nally, at Round 6, Healy man­aged to com­bine all of his ex­pe­ri­ence, skill and nerve to fi­nally reach the top step of a Pro­drift Podium.

Fol­low­ing the win Healy ex­plained that he was dis­gusted with him­self af­ter he threw away victory at Round 3 (he spun-out in Fi­nal Ver­sus O’Sul­li­van) and that this win was harder fought and more sat­is­fac­tory. His op­po­nent in the Round 6 Fi­nal was 19 year old Water­ford driver, and Round 5 win­ner, Dean Kear­ney. In the Top 4 Healy had elim­i­nated Kear­ney’s Xtreme Au­tos Team Mate, Nigel Colfer.

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