Belfast Telegraph

Josh Moffett in Ulster Rally title tilt after crash

By Sammy Hamill

Josh Moffett's WRC Ford Fiesta was in a sorry state when it was dragged onto a trailer and shipped back to Ireland after the Ypres Rally in Belgium six weeks ago. But now it is well on its way to full health again and on course for the Todds Leap Ulster Rally next week.

Josh and his brother Sam were both competing on the European Championship Ypres event in their matching Combilift Fiestas and both were in the top 10 until ill luck struck the two of them.

Sam exited with an overheating engine after the cooling system became blocked following one trip too many through fields of vegetables.

Then on the final stage Josh's Fiesta, in seventh place, caught a bump on the inside of a corner and flipped over into a triple roll, ending in the front garden of a house. Josh and co-driver John Rowan escaped without serious injury but the car suffered extensive damage.

Since then it has been back to the M-Sport constructors in Cumbria for a major re-build and the car is expected to be up and running again in time to make the Ulster Rally's Enniskillen start on Friday week.

Josh finished third just ahead of Sam on the Circuit of Ireland at Easter and both are in an Ulster line-up headed by the Subaru of two-time winner Garry Jennings and the Ford Focus of Irish Tarmac leader Donagh Kelly.

Mathematically Kelly, who has already won the Irish National series, could still be caught by Sam Moffett but with the Monaghan brothers having skipped the Killarney and Donegal rounds to concentrate on their European adventures in the Azores and Belgium, the possibility of closing a 20-point gap in the final two rounds is a long shot.

With the British Championship suspended this year, the rally remains part of the premier Tarmac series as well as the Northern Ireland championship.

It will start from Castle Coole, cover stages in Fermanagh and Tyrone and centre on the service park at St Angelo airport.

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