Former champions Michael and James O'Brien took top place in yesterday's opening round of the Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship at Carrick-on-Suir, with their Ford Focus finishing 17 seconds ahead of the Impreza of Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan.
Antrim driver Henry was the early leader, setting best time on the opening stage, but dropped more than half a minute with a problem on stage two, slipping to fifth place before battling his way back to runner up position on the remaining four stages. Gerard Lucey and Niall Henry took the next two placings, with the top four covered by just 33 seconds.
Cork pair Dermot Whelton and Mark McCarthy took victory in the Cavan round of the National Navigation Trial Championship on a tie-break from Ashley McAdoo and Laurence Keenan, but ninth place for Pakie Duffy and Evin Hughes was enough to clinch the title for the Longford-Monaghan combination.
Eamonn Byrne and William Kelly in their Starlet led from start to finish in the ALMC Spring Endurance Trial based at Luttrellstown, in Dublin, beating another Starlet in the hands of Robert Barrable and Sean Lillis by 17 seconds.