Paul Price won the opening round of the ASWMC Sporting Trials Championship after a day-long battle with former champion Andy Wilks, who was debuting his new Crossle, and Stuart Beare, who returned to his old live axle Sherpa.
Price had an inspired last round to take the lead when it mattered after a wonderful cross camber trickle. Wilks led initially but was happy with second. Beare shared his Sherpa with son Sam, who showed great skill and determination having never sat in the car before to finish 12th.
Steve Courts’ engine was screaming well to climb to fourth, just a point behind Beare and point ahead of double 750MC champion Phil Haines.
Veteran Percy Pennefather scored his first outright win for almost six years when a penalty-free second lap lifted him from fourth position at the halfway point to a clear, two-mark victory in the Leinster MC Lincoln and Nolan Cup Sporting Trial near Ashford, Co Wicklow.
He was two marks behind early leader Fergil Gregory on the opening lap but was the only one of the 36 drivers who cleaned lap two.
Robert Barrable and Ciaran Larkin repeated their win of last year on the ALMC Endurance Trial, but only went ahead on the final three of the twenty selectifs. They were 19s clear of Karl O’donoghue/ Evin Hughes, who led for most of the day, with Peter Barrable and Conor Mohan another half minute down in a Starlet clean sweep of the top six. Best non-toyota was the Ford Escort of Martin Nugent/ Paul Tierney, who won the Retrospective class.