Martelius sponsored cars at IDC R1

The Irish Drift Championship kicked off this past weekend in Mondello. All three Martelius backed cars in the series were taking part in the competition, fresh from their winter upgrades.

As part of the new Martelius Drivers Program, the brand new Team Prodrift Academy brought out two seasoned veteran drivers in great looking vehicles. Mike Fitzgerald has swapped a 2JZ-GTE Toyota engine into his Mazda RX-7 and is running the full Martelius catalog of exhaust manifold and exhaust system fabrication components to realize this wild engine swap. Right off the new power and torque took Mike to an 8th place in qualifying and a solid Top 16 result in the opening round. With some testing and setup time, Mike will be a podium contender in the following rounds for sure.

Photo: / Paddy McGrath

Mike’s Prodrift Academy team mate Peden Nielsen and his SR20DET 180SX performed flawlessly, with the course being mastered to perfection by its driver. Sunday was however not to be the day for Peden, with last minute chassis setup changes the car and driver pairing did not make the cut for the main event. In an interview after the event Peden commented “it was a very disappointing feeling not to qualify, however from a fan interaction and hype perspective Round 1 of the Irish Drift Championship could not have gone better. The car performed to perfection and we proved yet again that the Pro class does not have to be dominated by 6-figure vehicles – Great success overall”

The famous MCN Sport built DMAC240 with it’s new Martelius manifold setup bolted to the 2JZ power plant was driven by the American Formula Drift ace Forrest Wang for this event. Wang quickly got used to the car and was displaying great style throughout the weekend. With great tandem performances Wang made it all the way to the semi finals, and finally took the third step on the podium after the event.

We wish to congratulate all drivers for their season debut and good show. Follow the teams and drivers on social:

Mike Fitz Drifting @mikeyfitz7
Peden 249 Nielsen @peden249
MCN Sport @dmac86official
Forrest Wang @getnutslab

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