Posting fastest times on the first and third runs, Ardfinnan’s Jimmy Lambert (Ford Escort) and his
co-driver, James Coleman won the Birr Single Stage Rally by a 10-second margin from the Escort of Cavan’s Rodney Wilton/Pat Leahy.
Lambert’s early seven-second advantage was cut to three seconds on the second timed run.
However, he responded to set the fastest stage time on the third and final run to claim his second win in recent months.
One of the drivers of the rally came from Fermanagh’s Garry Jennings (Peugeot 106). Co-driven by Mallow’s David Moynihan, the young driver was very consistent through the three timed runs and finished a fine third.
He was closely pursued by Mervyn Wedlock (Escort), who finished two seconds in arrears. The top seven was completed by David Percy (Escort), who was the top local driver, Gordon Rogers and David James, also inn Escorts.
1. Jimmy Lambert/James Coleman (Escort) 23M. 25S.
2. R. Wilton/P. Leahy (Escort) 23M. 35S.
3. Garry Jennings/David Moynihan (Peugeot 106) 23M.
4. Mervyn Wedlock/P. Shaw (Escort) 23M. 42S.
5. D.Percy/O.Percy (Escort) 23M. 44S.
In Mondello Park, Lawrence Gibson (Metro 6R4) won the opening round of the Motorsport Ireland Rallycross Championship. In the A Final, he had a comfortable win over the Ford Focus of Dermot Carnegie.
David Aiken (Nova) and Michael Coyne (escort Cosworth) were third and fourth respectively.
In the B Final, Cyril McCullagh (Peugeot 205) had a narrow win over the Nova of Pat Keogh. Eddie Kinirons, driving a Toyota Celica won the Rallycar class.