The fifth round of the Irish National On-road Championship took place over the weekend at the fast St. Annes track where defending champions Clive Connolly and Chris Steele each took victory. In 1:8th scale it was Connolly that dominated with his Serpent 960 taking the TQ before going on to win the half hour A Final comfortably over Mugen driver Austin Elliot in 2nd while young charger Sean Doyle completed the podium with his Serpent in 3rd. The win is Connolly’s second straight win of the season and sees him close the gap on championship leader Darragh Fox who retired on the opening lap.
Making a return to the championship having missed the previous round, defending 1:10 200mm Champion Chris Steele used his Kyosho to good effect to claim his first win of the season ahead of the Xray of Steven Hayes who currently leads the standings with 2 wins to his credit while Serpent driver John Haugh completed the podium in 3rd. Top Qualifier in the 1:10th class Mark Gilliland, and the winner of the season opener, was forced to retire his NT1 with engine problems while in a podium position. Two more races are left to run in the Irish Championship with both titles still wide open.