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Lakeland rivals to battle for the late Fisher's titles

By Sammy Hamill

Trophies presented to the late Bertie Fisher during his stellar career will be awarded to the winners on next week's Samdec Security Lakeland Stages Rally in Fermanagh.

Gladys Fisher, widow of the record-breaking Irish Tarmac champion, has donated a number of his huge array of trophies to the organisers of the event which marks the 50th anniversary of Enniskillen Motor Club.

Fisher, who died along with his son Mark and daughter Emma in a helicopter crash in 2001, was a long-time member of the club and a former winner of the Lakeland Stages.

The rally, on September 6, is the only round of this year's McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland championship to take place in the forests and follows on from the cancellation of the national division of the Ulster Rally after the fatal accident involving another Fermanagh driver, Timothy Cathcart.

Meanwhile, Fisher's nephew Alastair picked up more points in the Junior World championship when he finished 22nd overall on Rally Deutschland at the weekend. Driving his Citroen DS3, Fisher was fourth in the JWRC division to stay fifth in the championship standings.

Sam Moffett finished in 15th in his WRC Ford Fiesta, Eamonn Boland 29th and Marty McCormack was classified 56th after a troubled three days in the Italian A-Style team's R5 Fiesta. Kris Meeke crashed out of the overall lead three stages from the end.

Locally, Derek McGeehan led the Sunset Rally from start to finish in his WRC Mini, winning by 29 seconds from the Subaru of Enda McNulty. Michael Carbin was third in his Mitsubishi and Adrian Hetherington won the two-wheel-drive category in his Ford Escort.

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