Healy takes chequered flag in Mondello Park
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.