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Josh Moffett insists potential perfect run in Irish National Championship hasn’t even crossed his mind

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Josh Moffett

Josh Moffett

Josh Moffett

Josh Moffett insists the prospect of him becoming the first driver to make it a clean sweep of victories in the Irish National Rally Championship this season is not one that has been on his radar.

On last weekend’s Circuit of Munster Rally, Moffett extended his victory count in the series to five, giving rise to the prospect the Hyundai i20 R5 driver could go the entire campaign unbeaten.

Moffett’s lead over Robert Barrable and Darren Gass — who are both currently tied for second — stands at 35 points, with just the Tipperary Stonethrowers, Galway Summer and Donegal Harvest rallies left.

If successful next time out on July 17, Moffett would become only the third person to win the opening six events — a feat his brother Sam achieved in 2017 and Donie Keating before that in 1981.

No one has, however, managed seven straight victories or a full house of firsts in the same calendar year.

“We have definitely had a great season so far — all in all, the Championship has gone well for us,” said Moffett, the reigning Irish National Rally Champion. “Despite the success, I haven’t been looking too far ahead. I have been taking each event as it comes — I think that is the best approach, to be honest.

“I just want to win all the rallies, that’s the goal every weekend there is a rally on, and if I win six or seven or eight in a row then that is a bonus, but that’s all it is. I don’t think too much about records.”

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He added: “I seem to get a jump on my rivals in the morning, something that can be seen in my stage times, and I guess that boils down to me having confidence in my notes because I’m doing more rallies.”

Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday that July’s Down Rally – the deciding round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship – will be based at Lagan Valley Island complex in Lisburn.


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