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Moffett brothers are first and third in Cavan Rally

By Sammy Hamill

Published 30/05/2016

Out in front: Sam Moffett triumphed in the Cavan Rally
Out in front: Sam Moffett triumphed in the Cavan Rally

Sam Moffett led a brotherly one-three finish on the Cavan Rally, the fourth round of the Irish national championship.

The elder of the two Clontilbret siblings won in his R5 Ford Fiesta, beating the more powerful WRC Fiesta of Roy White by 29 seconds with Josh Moffett taking third place in another of the R5 Fiestas.

White, whose second place extends his lead at the top of the national standings, led initially before being overtaken by Declan Boyle.

But the two-times champion retired his WRC Fiesta soon afterwards with an electrical failure.

Sam Moffett picked up the pace throughout the afternoon stages and pulled clear of White as younger brother Josh climbed to third ahead of the WRC Subarus of former champions Niall Maguire and Peadar Hurson.

This was despite his Fiesta suffering an overheating engine in the hot conditions.

Meanwhile, Colin Turkington’s return to his home circuit of Kirkistown didn’t go as smoothly as he would have hoped on Saturday.

Making a guest appearance in the ASK supercar series, the two-time British Touring Car champion had to pull off the track on the warm-up lap for race one with a mechanical problem but Turkington came from back on the grid in race two to take fourth place.

Peter Barrable won the first of the two races with championship leader Andy O’Brien, named as Motorsport Ireland’s young driver of the month for April, taking race two.

And Noel Robinson strengthened his lead in the Northern Ireland Formula Ford championship with two more victories in his Van Diemen.

Alan Davidson (Mondiale) was second in race one ahead of Ryan Campbell (Reynard) and in race two it was Stephen O’Connor (Van Diemen) second with Campbell again third.

Robinson was also on the podium in both of the BOSS Ireland races, finishing in second place each time in his Tanuus behind double winner Cian Carey in a Formula Renault.

There was a double, too, for Jim Hutchinson who won both saloon races in his Ford Escort GM.

In Germany, Steven Kane’s Bentley made it to the finish of the Nurburgring 24-hour race in 17th place but the race known as ‘the green hell’ turned to a white nightmare with hail and heavy rain forcing it to be stopped for four hours at one point.

Meanwhile, Adam Carroll and his Lamborghini team-mate Liam Griffin were among the quickest in qualifying for today’s British GT championship rounds at Oulton Park in Cheshire but Carroll saw his fastest lap deleted for exceeding track limits, dropping him back to sixth place on the grid.

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