Irish drifting champion Eric O’Sullivan has today spoken with renewed confidence following his offical debut behind the wheel of the Gardella Racing Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice at the recent Formula Drift Round 2, Atlanta.
Driving the Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice for the very first time in competition, O’Sullivan recorded a debut Championship Points haul for the New Jersey team by making it through to the Top16 elimination rounds at the second event in the 2011 Formula Drift Pro Championship tour.
The introduction of Eric O’Sullivan to his 2011 vehicle was not without incident however. Impact with a perimeter wall during Thursday practice coupled with a Top 32 collision in defeating Kyle Mohan meant that both O’Sullivan and his Gardella Racing crew were tested under difficult circumstances throughout the event. O’Sullivan eventually exited the competition following a narrow defeat to 2009 Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg in an sudden death elimination battle.
Commenting on his Gardella Racing debut, Eric O’Sullivan said “I am extremely happy at how my first event unfolded. Atlanta threw alot of difficult situations at us yet the equipment and team handled it comfortably. The car and the crew are second to none and that support is invaluable as we plan to challenge for future success. I think that this performance immediately proves we can now run with the best & I am looking forward to clocking up some test mileage before Round 3 in Florida”.
Eric O’Sullivan will shortly begin preparations for Formula Drift Round 3 at Palm Beach Florida. To keep up with Erics progress please log onto Eric’s official website, Twitter or Facebook Fan Page.
Photo: Eric O’Sullivan leading Chris Forsberg at Formula Drift, Road Atlanta.
Credit Jacob Leveton, http://www.jacobphoto.com