Irish Autotest Championship: Ferguson champion despite switch
Steven Ferguson scored a one-two finish in the opening two rounds of the Irish autotest championship at the weekend — and became British champion at the same time.
With a substantial lead over second placed Richard Pinkney, Stewartstown driver Ferguson judged he could afford to skip the final round of the British series at Kegworth and launch his bid to retain the Irish Hewison Trophy title.
He proved correct, Pinkney only managing third place and slipping from second to fourth in the final points table.
Ferguson, meanwhile, headed for Cork where he finished second in his Mini Special behind Eddie Peterson in round one at Mount Vernon on Saturday but won round two ahead of former champion Eamonn Byrne at Curraheen on Sunday to take the lead in the Irish series.
There was further Ulster success south of the border with Garry Jennings following up on his Rally NI victory by winning the Oldcastle Rally in his Mitsubishi Lancer.
Jennings led from start to finish to win by over half-a-minute from the Ford Escort of Rodney Wilton with Russell Wood, also in an Escort, taking third position in the race.