Conor Shanahan looking forward to 2021 season

Irish drifter and Red Bull athlete Conor Shanahan to star in the 2021 Drift Masters European Championship, available to watch on Red Bull TV. (Picture: INPHO/Red Bull Content Pool/Dan Sheridan)

The 2021 Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) will launch in Greinbach, Austria on May 29 with Killavullen drifter and Red Bull athlete Conor Shanahan set to compete, with the full series will be available live on Red Bull TV. 

The 2021 race calendar is composed of five rounds beginning on May 29th at the Austrian circuit in Greinbach and ending on September 5th around the city-centre streets of Georgian capital city Tbilisi.

The driver line-up will be its most diverse to date with over 25 countries represented on the starting grid. In there will be17-year-old Conor who beat near neighbour and DMEC and Irish National champion James Deane, at the Polish round of the 2018 championship.

“I’m really excited for the new season; it’s been a super long 12 months and it’s good to finally get behind the wheel again. This year will be my first full series with the support of Red Bull and I’m planning on spending it all season long,” Conor said.

New to the calendar is the scenic Lillesand Arena circuit in Norway which features extreme elevation changes and high-speed sections, while DMEC will also be crowning a new ‘King of Riga’ in 2021, when the series returns to the popular Bikernieku Trase Circuit, the highest speed circuit on the tour with competitors entering at 150km/h.

Conor added: “Tbilisi is going to be insane! It’s something very different and exciting; I can’t wait to find out what the race layout is going to be. Racing in the middle of a city is definitely going to put us out of our comfort zone and it’ll be great to take our unique sport to the people.

“Riga is one of my favourite tracks, it’s the fastest and the smallest mistake can bring you unstuck.”