Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - Paul Phe­lan

Ea­monn Byrne was the man to beat in the Tri­als Driv­ers’ Club’s first ever Au­tosolo, with his Toy­ota Star­let head­ing Richard Meeke’s Vaux­hall Nova by 11s in tor­ren­tial rain on Box­ing Day in Gor­manston, County Meath. John Nolan fin­ished a close third in an­other Star­let.

Keith Power was eas­ily the quick­est from more than 100 driv­ers in Car­low CC’S Christ­mas Rallysprint at Mon­dello Park, with his Toy­ota Corolla WRC best of the bumper en­try on each of the four runs. At the fin­ish, he had more than 20s to spare over near­est ri­val Neil To­hill (Mit­subishi Lancer Evo), who was two sec­onds ahead of the best of the two-wheel-drive brigade, the Ford Es­cort of Jack New­man. Pat O’con­nell was next in an­other Lancer, with Craig Breen’s Es­cort fifth.

Fergil Gre­gory won the Le Fanu Cup Sport­ing Trial for the se­cond year in suc­ces­sion, two marks ahead of Mor­gan Evans, who was also the run­ner-up last year. Third­placed Richard Pain took the Brabazon Cup for the best­placed driver aged un­der 35.

Peter Grimes, six times the North­ern Ire­land Au­totest ti­tle holder, scored a last-minute win in the non-cham­pi­onship Ken Ir­win Tro­phy event at Omagh Show­grounds. An­other mul­ti­ple cham­pion, Sam Bow­den, led for most of the day, but two late py­lon penal­ties dropped him to third at the end, leav­ing Steven Fer­gu­son to take se­cond po­si­tion, 2.8 sec­onds be­hind Grimes’ Mini Spe­cial.

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