Brothers Jack and Conor Shanahan may both still be teenagers, but they have already fast made a name for themselves on the international stage. 19 year old Jack is a two-time British Drift Champion, winning back to back titles in 2015 and 2016, and then following that up with the Irish Drift Championship title in 2017.
Younger brother Conor is only 16 years old, but has been competing since he was just 13. Despite not yet being old enough to take his driving test, he is already a winner on the International stage, taking a surprise win at the opening round of the 2018 DriftMasters European Championship on his way to an eventual 5th overall at the end of the season. He currently holds the record as the youngest ever winner in a professional drift competition, which will surely stand for some time.
“I’m really looking forward to taking part in this competition and my target is to win. I want to be on that stage at the end of the year FIA Prize Giving alongside the other champions from F1 and WRC. I think that would be awesome” said Jack.
“I’ve grown up competing at Tsukuba Circuit on the PlayStation, so it will be pretty surreal to compete there in real life,” added his younger brother Conor.
“The format is pretty similar to what we run here in Europe so hopefully it will come naturally to me. I’m hoping for an all Shanahan final, but with me finishing on top of course!” Conor concluded.
Jack will drive a new Toyota GT86 while Conor will be behind the wheel of his Nissan Silvia S16.
With four of six rounds completed, Jack is currently classified second in Drift Masters European Championship. His younger brother rounds out the top 10 in the standings.
The FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup was founded in 2017 as the first ever drifting event run under the FIA regulations. The 2017 and 2018 editions were held in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.
For 2019 the event moves to the famous Tsukuba Circuit, where it will take place from the 29th November to the 1st December. The 2017 edition was won by Masato Kawabata of Japan, with Russian driver Georgy Chivchyan taking the victory in the following year.