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Four in a row for Northern Ireland at Wharton Autotest

Published 19/10/2015

Josh Moffett.
Josh Moffett.

Northern Ireland made it four wins in a row in the international Ken Wharton Autotest competition at Alcester near Birmingham at the weekend.

Since the days of Paddy Hopkirk, they have dominated the inter-association event and they carried on the success sequence on Saturday, finishing ahead of the Republic of Ireland with England third.

Star of the day was Paul Blair, the reigning Northern Ireland champion, who produced the best individual performance in his Stryker sports car. He was backed up by multi British and Irish champion Steven Ferguson (Mini Special), Robin Lyons (Mini) and Paul Mooney (Vauxhall Corsa).

Meanwhile Josh Moffett ensured the Irish forest rally championship will go down to the wire in north Antrim next month with his victory in Mayo.

Having finished third in the Cambrian Rally in Wales on Saturday in his WRC Ford Fiesta, his brother Sam was fourth, Moffett flew back to Ireland overnight and switched to a Mitsubishi Evo for the Ballina-based Mayo Rally.

He blitzed the field on the first stage, setting a time 24 seconds faster than anyone else and won by 36 seconds.

O'Brien still leads the Valvoline series which will be decided on the Glens on Antrim Rally on November 7.

And in Galway, Donagh Kelly was officially crowned Irish Tarmac champion at the TROA awards dinner.

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