X30 Su­per de­but

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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.

FE­BRU­ARY 10 2016

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