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Armstrong's win marks him out as one for the future

(October 15, 2010)

Young Kesh rally driver Jon Armstrong’s ascent through the ranks took another massive step forward at the Moneyglass Estate in Toomebridge when he secured the NI Rallysport Association Class Four Summer Championship by virtue of a brilliant first overall rally win on Saturday.

The whole series went superbly for Jon who scored maximum points in class four at the same venue in mid-August and this set him up perfectly going into Saturday’s final round of the summer series.

Jon started well on Saturday clocking the fastest time overall on the first stage and beating his class rival by three seconds which was a fine effort as it was tricky test due to the track being completly dry but with standing water in some sections.

Jon stayed in this position throughout the day holding off some serious turbocharged and competitive machines as he seemed to thrive in the tricky conditions using his talent to good effect, setting fastest times on all but one of the stages.

Indeed, his only error on an otherwise perfect day came when he had a big moment on a fast section half spinning but recovering superbly to set the second fastest time overall.

By the end of the final stage, the schoolboy from Kesh won the rally by an amazing 12 seconds and in a strong field of 107 finishers, he finished 17 seconds ahead of his nearest class four competitor.

A delighted Jon admitted that his maiden overall rally victory felt “very good” and the victory was all the more impressive as the 15-year-old was driving a LHD gpn production Fiesta compared to some heavily modified rally cars

All in all, this has been a succesful Summer Series Class Four campaign for Jon, winning sevem out of the nine rounds and the youngster with a bright future, would like to thank his sponsors Loane Transport Ltd (Kesh) and Monaghan Bros (Lisnaskea) for all their help.

This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 15th Oct 2010

First published in the  on the 15 Oct 10

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