Monday 18 November 2019

Motorsports: Smith on form at Knockhill

Dubliner Aron Smith, the reigning Dunlop Sexton Trophy Young Racing Driver of the Year champion, had his best weekend yet in the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill in Scotland.

His Redstone Racing Ford Focus finished fourth, fifth and eighth in the three races, having qualified third on the grid behind double champion Jason Plato and veteran Rob Collard.

Teenager Niall Murray from Firhouse took second and fourth places in his British Ginetta Junior Championship rounds, also scoring the bonus point for fastest lap in the second race, to leave him still in runner-up spot in the series, just four points behind the leader.

Kevin Sheane scored a double in the two Formula Sheane races at Kirkistown, as did 18-year-old Sean Doyle in the Global Lights races, with Lee Newsome making it five wins for Wicklow drivers in the Pony Express Formula Vee race.

EQUESTRIAN

Tyrone's Frank Curran secured the biggest win of his career when topping the €23,000 Pfizer Grand Prix at the inaugural Kilmeague International Horse Show yesterday.

This competition was the penultimate leg of the TRM/SJI Premier League, and Curran saw off the challenge of defending series champion, Kilkenny's Eddie Moloney.

Curran produced one of just three double-clears from the starting field of 25, steering New World home in the quickest time of 47.33.

Staged at Coilog, arguably Ireland's most popular and progressive equestrian centre, The event kicked off with a win for John Floody on Friday.

Riding King's Best, the Meath man pipped Alexander Butler and No More Talk for pole position, and Waterford's Francis Connors steered Heracross into sixth before coming out to win Saturday's Gold Tour class with the same horse.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Duffy steered Killard Horizon to win yesterday morning's Speed Grand Prix.

HOCKEY

Ireland's quicksilver new strike force came good yesterday as they completed the whitewash in a three-match series against Wales.

The home goals were shared by Naomi Carroll (two) and Katie Mullan in the 3-1 win at Belfield.

The Irish will step up a grade and play a series in Scotland September 7-9 before hosting the Champions Challenge tournament in Belfield at the end of the month.

Ireland -- P Smithwick, M Harvey, S Green, Katie Mullan, A Connery, A O'Flynn, N Carroll, C Watkins, N Gray, L Ewert, A Meeke. Subs: E Smyth, Z Delany, A Speers, N Small, S McCarthy, N Symmons.

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