Donegal was the place to be over the weekend as the Naylor Engineering National Hillclimb and Sprint Championship saw Clare driver Rob Dwane virtually clinching the honours  for the first time thanks to scoring his eighth win from nine rounds.

Even though he suffered his first defeat of the year, the 21 year-old is well poised to lift the silverware.

He had to give best to the Radical sports car of Gerard O’Connell in Saturday’s event on the famous Knockalla coast road on the Fanad peninsula, with less than one fifth of a second separating the two rivals.

However, Dwane was back to winning form on Sunday, finishing well clear of runner up Tim Nunn.

In Ballyvourney, Co Cork, defending Hewison Autotest champion Ian White and challenger Guy Foster took a win apiece in the double header opening weekend of the new season, with Chris Grimes and Darren Quille taking turns at finishing third. 

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