Mixed fortunes for local motor-sports crews.

James Wilson and Arthur Kierans (Monaghan) claimed the victory in the opening round of the Irish Forestry championship in Carrick on Suir yesterday (Sunday).

The Hyundai I20 R5 crew had 41 seconds to spare over the Monaghan pairing of Michael Carbin and Conor Mohan in the Mitsubishi Evo 8 with Liam Ryan and Keith Moriarty completing the top 3 in a Ford Fiesta R5

Gary Kiernan (Cavan) with Darren O’ Brien (Cavan) on the notes took 5th overall and the modified class in their Mark 2 escort.

On Saturday in the Northern Ireland Rally championship, Stephen Wright (Monaghan) got his defence of the title off to the perfect start with a win at the Kirkistown stages Rally.

With Gary Mc Kenna (Monaghan) in the navigators seat the Ford Fiesta R5 crew had 5 seconds to spare over the Mini WRC of Derek and Mark Mc Geehan..

Also on Saturday at the ALMC Endurance Trial, having lead for 15 of the 16 selectives Karl O’ Donoghue and Evin Hughes (Monaghan) had to settle for 2nd place after a broken drive shaft on the final test seen them limp to the finish handing the victory to Peter Barrable and Kevin Fagan.