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Boyle in control and set to play it cool to land the Irish crown

 

By Sammy Hamill

Points make prizes, and Declan Boyle has collected a lot of them this season, so much so he will almost certainly spurn the chance to win tomorrow's Donegal Harvest Rally even though it is his home round of the Irish National Championship.

Boyle has the opportunity to become just the second triple winner of the Triton Showers series, needing just a top 10 finish to take the title no matter what his closest rivals do on the Ballybofey-based rally.

On paper, Joe McGonigle, from nearby Muff, and Monaghan man Josh Moffett could still deny Boyle the championship he won in 2013 and '14, but they would need many of the pieces of the jigsaw to fall into unexpected places.

It is in Boyle's hands in his home county and it is unlikely there will be a repeat of the mistake he made on the Sligo round last month when he crashed his WRC Ford Fiesta with the title within sight.

Bizarrely, Moffett also crashed his Fiesta within minutes of Boyle in Sligo and probably did irreparable damage to his hopes of emulating his brother Sam as winner of all three major Irish championships in the same season.

Already winner of the Irish Tarmac and Forestry titles, Moffett can only go for another victory and hope the pressure will tell on Boyle and McGonigle.

All three are part of a huge entry for the championship finale, with another former champion, Donagh Kelly, leading the line-up in his WRC Ford Focus.

Josh Moffett and brother Sam are next on the list in their Fiestas with Boyle at No.4 ahead of McGonigle's WRC Mini and the Fiesta of New York-based Barry McKenna.

Meanwhile, Charlie Eastwood has made the long trip to Mount Fuji in Japan for the final round of the World Endurance Championship where he will share an Aston Martin Vantage with TF Sport team-mates Salih Yoluc and Johnny Adam.

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