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Sam Moffett is on track for Fermanagh celebration

By Sammy Hamill

Sam Moffett will swap the vineyard roads of Mosel Valley for the forest tracks of Fermanagh this weekend to take part in the Lakeland Stages Rally.

The Rally of the Lakes winner will go from the World championship to the Northern Ireland championship to take part in the Samdec Security Lakeland Rally, which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Enniskillen Club.

However, Moffett will not drive his M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, instead switching to a production Mitsubishi and joining his younger brother Josh, also in a Mitsubishi, for the forest event which is based at the former Grosvenor Barracks, Enniskillen, starting at 10am on Saturday.

Sam made his WRC debut on Rally Deutschland, finishing a creditable 15th overall, while Josh won the production division on the Galway Summer Rally at the weekend.

They join a line-up which also includes West Cork Rally winner Donagh Kelly, a former NI production champion, who returns to the series in his WRC Ford Focus.

Travelling a lot further to be part of the anniversary celebrations is Patsy Keenan, originally from Belleek but now living in Atlanta, Georgia. Like Josh, he is a former Irish forest production champion, and is heading home to drive his Mitsubishi in the Fermanagh forests again.

A surprising absentee from the seeded entry list is four-times champion Derek McGarrity, who is again the leader of the McGrady Insurance-sponsored series.

Meanwhile, a reserve event, the Bushwhacker Rally on September 27, has been added to the championship schedule after round five, the national division of the Ulster International, was cancelled following the death of Fermanagh driver Timothy Cathcart.

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