Belfast Telegraph

Fisher eyes opportunity to close gap

 

By Sammy Hamill

Having swept all before him in the Irish national championship, winning the first six rallies in a row and clinching the title with two rounds to spare, Sam Moffett now turns his attention to the international Tarmac series.

And although he also leads the premier championship, Moffett has just a seven-point advantage over Alastair Fisher heading into the Tyrone driver's home event, the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally next month.

Moffett has been in imperious form in the one-day events of the national series, dominating the first six rounds in his WRC Ford Fiesta. But for the Tarmac championship he will switch back to his R5 Fiesta - a car he says he prefers to drive - to take on Fisher who has won two of the four rounds so far.

A crash on the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney proved costly but the Ulsterman bounced back with his second win of the season in Donegal and now has the opportunity to close in on Moffett on a rally which, of course, his uncle Bertie Fisher won four times in the past.

And with the August 18/19 event also being a round of the British championship, there is the extra incentive for Fisher of trying to go one better than last year when he finished second to Elfyn Evans who is now part of Ford's WRC squad.

Meanwhile, Adam Carroll's disappointing run in the FIA Formula E championship continued in New York although he did equal his best result to date with 10th place in the first of the two races.

But the Jaguar team, in their first season in the all-electric championship, continue to struggle and remain bottom of the standings even though Mitch Evans, having crashed on the opening lap, returned in his second car to set fastest lap by using maximum power boost.

Things didn't get any better for Carroll in race two when he slid into the barriers during qualifying and was relegated to the penultimate row of the grid, eventually finishing 13th. Fellow British driver Sam Bird won both races for the DS Virgin team.

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