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Irish stars raring to go after being left at a crossroads by date clash

Josh Moffett

A date clash has forced half a dozen or more of Ireland's leading rally drivers to make a choice - Killarney or Carlisle?

This weekend the Irish Tarmac and British championships collide with the Rally of the Lakes taking place over the classic Kerry stages and the Pirelli International running through Kielder forest in the north of England.

Drivers like Josh Moffett, Keith Cronin, Jonny Greer, Sam Moffett and Desi Henry are potential front runners in both but can't be in two places at once. Some, including the Moffetts and Cronin, have chosen Killarney and the fourth round of the Irish Tarmac series. Others like Greer, Henry and Marty McCormack have opted for Carlisle and the third round of the BRC.

For Josh Moffett, the clash posed a dilemma as he not only leads the Tarmac standings but is second behind Welshman Elfyn Evans in the British series.

Elder brother Sam said: "For me it was a straightforward decision as I didn't score well on the first two BRC rounds. For Josh it was a bit more difficult but with his lack of experience of the English forests, it makes more sense for him to go to Killarney."

The Tarmac title race is tight with Josh leading by four points from Cronin with Alastair Fisher just a further two points behind and Sam Moffett, Stephen Wright and Greer sharing fourth.

They go into action on the Kerry stages where Donagh Kelly, Declan Boyle and Garry Jennings in their WRC supercars are expected to fight for the outright victory but are excluded from scoring Tarmac points under the 2016 rules.

Greer, meanwhile, is the highest placed Ulster driver in the BRC series, third in his Citroen DS3 behind Evans and Moffett. Henry, after a troubled start in his Skoda Fabia, will play his double points 'joker' card.

Belfast Telegraph