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Moffett in driving seat to land historic title treble

By Sammy Hamill

He has already won the Irish National rally title with two rounds to spare and leads the international Irish Tarmac series, and now Sam Moffett has moved into a challenging position in the Irish Forestry Championship as well.

His victory on the Jim Walsh Memorial Rally in Cork took the Clontibret man up to second place in the standings, two points behind leader Gerard Lucey, and on course to become the first driver to win all three Championships in a single season.

Moffett, who won from Jonny Leonard and David Crossan, has always insisted it was never his intention to chase the three major Irish titles but got "sucked in".

The target was always the Tarmac Championship in which he leads Alastair Fisher by eight points ahead of the penultimate round, the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally later this month.

But Moffett swept to the National title in his WRC Ford Fiesta with an unprecedented run of six successive wins and with the remaining two rounds of the Forestry Championship in the familiar territory of Fermanagh (Lakeland Stages) and Tyrone (Bushwhacker Rally) in September, he will be favourite to claim a crown won by his brother Josh two years ago.

The younger Moffett is in Poland this week for the European Championship Rzeszow Rally, where his R5 Fiesta is seeded ninth.

Both will be back for the August 18-19 Ulster Rally which sees Irish Tarmac and British Championship contenders go head-to-head in the Londonderry/Strabane region.

Sweden's Fredrick Ahlin leads the BRC series from Welshmen Osian Pryce and Matt Edwards, with Ireland's reigning Tarmac champion Keith Cronin fourth.

Meanwhile, Steven Kane was the only Ulster driver to complete the Spa 24-hour race, the GT3 Bentley he shared with Oliver Jarvis and Guy Smith finishing in 14th place. The Strakka McLarens of Jonny Kane and Andrew Watson dropped out, as did the Belgian WRT Audi of Richard Lyons.

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