X30 Super debut
IAME’S new X30 Super engine will make its international debut at the X30 Challenge Europa at Castelletto in Italy over the Easter weekend. The 175cc nongearbox engine will form the basis of a new class in Portugal, France, Germany and Italy. It will also feature as part of the class structure of the X30 Euro Series and the IAME International Final at Le Mans.
Brian Conlon became the seventh different driver to score a Sporting Trial win this season, beating Fergil Gregory by four marks to take his first victory for more than three years in Ashford, County Wicklow.
John Bolton used his decades of experience to score his best result for some time in third position in the highest-placed rear-engined car.
In foul weather conditions, there was a very high retirement rate, with 12 drivers falling by the wayside.
Despite a broken handbrake on the final test, which cost him three seconds, Steven Ferguson scored his fifth win of the season to stretch his Hewison Irish Autotest Championship lead and remain on course for a record-equalling six titles in succession at Rosenallin, County Laois.
Main challenger Robin Lyons was 2.5s behind at the finish, with veteran Eamonn Byrne third. Early leader Guy Foster slipped to fifth behind David Thompson’s Nova when a CV joint broke.
Steven Ferguson could equal Eddie Peterson’s record of winning six Hewison Irish Autotest titles in a row in Monaghan on Sunday, as victory there would put him out of reach of main challenger Robin Lyons in the remaining two rounds.