James Deane in competition suit in front of Mustang RTR

RTR Motorsports

James Deane

Car: AutoZone Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD

Age: 31

Hometown: Castletownroche, Ireland

Current Residence: Castletownroche, Ireland

Driver Bio

James Deane has established himself as one of the fastest-growing personalities in the sport and boasts the largest following of any Irish motorsport personality in the world. James began his competitive drift career in 2006 behind the wheel of a Ford Sierra in the Prodrift Junior Championship and in 2024 he is again behind the wheel of his 2024 AutoZone Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD in Formula Drift with 1,249 horsepower. 

A three-time Formula Drift Champion James won consecutively from 2017-2019 before stepping away to compete in Europe. However, during his vacancy from US drifting he was no stranger to winning, taking first at the DriftNeu North Cyprus Championship Finals, Goodwood Festival of Speed Driftkhana competition, the LZ Festival Mondello Park, multiple podiums in the Drift Masters European Championship and that’s just 2022. 

Now with one season, two podiums, a pole and countless hours of seat time under his belt in his Mustang RTR, James is eyeing a record setting fourth Formula Drift Championship, that would give RTR Vehicles’ their fourth overall Formula Drift championship for the RTR Vehicles’ Drift Team.

2024 Events

2024 Formula Drift PRO Championship Schedule

  • Round 1 - Streets of Long Beach // Long Beach - April 12th-13th
  • Round 2 - Road Atlanta // Atlanta - May 9th-11th
  • Round 3 - Scorched // Orlando - May 31st-June 1st
  • Round 4 - The Gauntlet // New Jersey - June 20th-22nd
  • Round 5 - Crossroads // St. Louis. - July 18th-20th
  • Round 6 - Throwdown // Seattle - August 9th-10th
  • Round 7 - Elevated // Salt Lake City - August 29th-31st
  • Round 8 - Title Fight // Irwindale - October 18th-19th