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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.

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