Moffett out to take stride towards title
Sam Moffett is on a roll at the moment. Leader of Irish rallying's premier Tarmac Championship, he is also unbeaten in the National series as he heads to round four, the Circuit of Munster, this weekend.
But while Sunday's event will see the Clontibret driver going head-to-head with his regular rivals in the Triton Showers-sponsored Championship like reigning champion Roy White, Niall Maguire, Donagh Kelly and Declan Boyle, there are others bolstering the Munster entry list who have alternative reasons for making the trip to Rathkeale.
Alastair Fisher, the early leader of the Tarmac series, is looking for much-needed competition mileage ahead of the Donegal International while British Championship contenders Keith Cronin and Desi Henry are preparing for the BRC's switch from gravel to asphalt with its first visit to the Ypres Rally in Belgium.
Then there is Manus Kelly, the local hero of the 2016 Donegal International, who will use the Munster event to re-acquaint himself with the S12 Subaru which carried him to the biggest win of his career last year.
But Moffett is the form man of the season, confidently switching from the R5 Ford Fiesta he uses in the Tarmac Championship to the more powerful WRC version of the Fiesta in which he has dominated the National series.
He is back on board the WRC Ford this weekend chasing a fourth straight win which would put the National title virtually beyond the reach of his rivals by the halfway stage. However, Boyle, champion in 2013 and '14, will have been buoyed as much by his convincing win as a rare trouble-free run in his WRC Fiesta on last weekend's non-championship Cavan Rally.