Mike Fitz at IDC Round 2

Mike Fitz of ‘Drift Games’ had his eyes on the prize in the second round of the Irish Drift Championship which took place at Dún Laoghaire Harbour on 26 – 27 May 2018.

Mike depends on EBC Yellowstuff and Ultimax2™ brake pads for their high quality and durability.

EBC sponsored driver Mike Fitz had his sights on the podium for Round 2 of the Irish Drift Championship. The race was held at the Dún Laoghaire Harbour for the second and final time. With professional drifting battles that push both car and driver to the limit, this round claimed more victims than most.

Mike showed signs of frustration when his practice runs were not as smooth as he would have hoped. Things started to fall into place when it came time to qualify; his first run put him safely through to the top 32, coming in 10th place.

Mike’s first battle was against Charlie Geary. Charlie put in an impressive chase run, but after an aggressive race finishing with no rear wing Mike progressed to the top 16.

Mike was chasing Joe Doyle in the first run of the next race. Joe seemed to lose power going into the first corner, leading to contact between the two cars. Doyle called a 5-minute rule due to a broken prop but was unable to fix it in time. Mike was through to the ‘Great 8’ with a battle against Jack Shanahan.

Mike Fitz at IDC Round 2
Mike Fitz at IDC Round 2

With a place in the top 4 and one of the biggest prizes in Irish drifting up for grabs, Mike had everything to play for. But during the first run he was blinded by smoke and transitioned too early, making a dive for Jack’s door. Mike smashed into the back of the car and into a tyre wall; it was a big hit and it left Mike dazed.

“I was feeling a bit dizzy and trippy and had some double vision” said Mike, who spent the night in hospital with concussion. “Now, I didn’t find this all bad as I got to drive on Ireland’s only four-lane motorway. Plus, I suddenly had twin girlfriends, which was very interesting.
“But the doctors didn’t see the advantages, so I was sent for a CT scan in the wee hours.” Mike then returned home following the scan.

It’s just over a week until Round 3 of IDC. With a €20,000 prize for the winner there’s no doubt that the car will be fixed, and Mike will be back with his eyes on the podium once again.

Mike Fitz at IDC Round 2

Photos courtesy of Smokin Images. Copyright Kevin Wilson.

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 Mike Fitz races with these EBC Brakes products:

EBC Yellowstuff Brake Pads

EBC Yellowstuff Brake PadsEBC Yellowstuff brake pads are ultra high friction brake pads for race, trackday and street use, race drivers in particular love them because they are made from an aramid fibre compound. These pads are ideal for street and track driving as they don’t require a warm up but get even stronger under hard driving.

EBC Ultimax2™ Brake Pads

EBC Ultimax2™ Brake Pads
The radically improved Ultimax2™ is a fully ECO friendly material that has ZERO sulphides. The Ultimax2 formula does not require shims for noise reduction and has more bite from cold.

These brake pads also work well in hot dry climates too! As with the original Ultimax these too are fully R90 approved.

EBC GD Sports Brake Discs/Rotors

EBC Bluestuf NDX Brake PadsEBC GD Series brake disc rotors are now available in a Black thermic and NITROTHERM™ finish and feature wide aperture slots that draw cool air under the brake pad and rotor interface which help cool the temperature of the brake pad contact that can easily and often shoot up to well over 1000 degrees during heavy braking and can cause brake fade or loss of brake effect – the cool effective use of the slots helps prevent this.

EBC Premium Discs/Rotors

EBC Premium Disc/RotorPremium brake rotors are made from the highest quality sourced materials and are the perfect OEM replacement brake disc rotor for any automotive vehicle for street use and daily driving.

ISO approved to the highest spec and also approved by the German TUV authorities, these disc rotors are an affordable solution for all motorists.

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