ELEVEN 2L Saloons were in action at Nutts Corner Raceway for the Gold Cup Championship, which included a welcome return of the former Irish Open Champion Ross Houston.
Two roof colour heats would determine the grid for the Gold Cup showdown.
Robert Mawhinney secured pole position after two fine heat wins.
Alongside was Ryan Wright who bagged a second and third place finish in the heats.
Menacingly placed in row two were Daryl McCammon and Matthew Stirling, both of whom performed strong in the heat events.
As the green flag was shown Mawhinney took off in text book Style while Wright struggled to squeeze in from the outside line, which resulted in a drift around the wall in turn one for Wright courtesy of McCammon.
Mawhinney soon established himself a comfortable lead with Wright now recovered and settled well into second with Stirling in tow.
As the race progressed Wright edged nearer to the double heat winner Mawhinney until he was close to launch an assault on lap nine to take up at the front.
From there Wright completed the distance to take the Gold Cup Championship; Mawhinney was the gallant runner-up with Stirling completing the podium steps.
*Racing returns on Sunday 16th September at 1.30pm the headline event will be the 1300 Stock Car National Championship also featuring Micro Bangers, Group 2 Lightning Rod Stadium Championship, Brisca F2 Stock Cars, Micro F2's & Junior Rods.