Oldcastle man Gary Mc Namee with Dean O’Sullivan on the notes had a great day in their office as they never left the top 10 all day and in the end they not only won class 11F but bagged the Triton Showers drive of the day along with a superb 7th overall in the Loco sponsored Honda Civic.
James Cassidy with Karen Kelly on the notes had a good run in their Pinto engined mark 2 escort to win the class and net a great 17th overall in the end putting to shame a lot more powerful machinery along the way. Martin Byrne would navigate local man Colin O’Rourke in his escort to 3rd in class 14 and 19th overall on the fast and flowing roads around Longford.
Pauric Sheridan with Sean Brunton were hoping to get a good run out in their Proto Fiesta as a dry weather shakedown ahead of the 2017 season. They would have a good run climbing as high as 26th overall until a clipped bale would damage a steering arm and force their retirement on the final loop. In the Junior section Adrian Foley navigated Jonny Treanor to a fabulous outright win in the Honda Civic taking a start to finish victory ahead of the regular national championship runners Niall Mc Gaughran with Gerard Hyland on the notes would have a difficult day in the office being forced to retire after 3 stages with mechanical difficulties.
A big debt of gratitude to the club members who turned out to marshal in force as they would fill most of a full stage. coupled with Stephen Kellett with Andrew Wedlock and Martin Nicholl with Lorcan Kennedy all on sweeper duties meant that the event passed off safely.