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Moffett shrugs off tough start to begin title tilt with podium joy

 

By Sammy Hamill

In future, Josh Moffett will pay more attention to the maxim 'it's not how you start but how you finish'.

The reigning Irish forest champion could hardly have got off to a worse start to his European Rally Championship campaign when he spun his R5 Ford Fiesta during the qualifying stage in the Azores. It meant he missed the draw for the best starting positions and had to run in the midfield during the first leg of what turned out to be a horrendously difficult event.

Reigning European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz was among the casualties in the wet, foggy conditions.

But Moffett kept his head, climbing to 10th, then eighth and was up to fifth on the final leg after leader Alexey Lukyanuk crashed out. The penultimate stage brought more drama with second-placed Jan Cerny also crashing, promoting Moffett and co-driver James Fulton to third behind Portugal's Bruno Magalhaes and Germany's ERC junior champion Marijan Griebel.

Meanwhile, Adam Carroll has hailed the Mexico round of the FIA Formula E championship as a "great result for the team" after Jaguar's disappointing start to the all-electric series.

Mitch Evans finished fourth and Carroll eighth to score Jaguar's first points following two lacklustre races in Marrakesh and Buenos Aires.

New to the championship, Jaguar have taken time to catch up with the more experienced teams, but Mexico showed they are learning fast and Carroll is enthusiastic about the next round on May 13 at the Monaco circuit, where he was a GP2 winner.

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