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McCormack and Henry take BRC rally route

 

Rapid: Desi Henry will race in the Pirelli event in Kielder
Rapid: Desi Henry will race in the Pirelli event in Kielder

By Sammy Hamill

Ireland's rally forces are split this weekend, divided between the British and Irish National championships.

Coming hard on the heels of last week's Easter Rally, there has been little time to draw breath with the Pirelli International taking place on Saturday and the Monaghan Stages on Sunday.

The majority of the Irish drivers, notably the Moffett brothers, Sam and Josh, will head for Monaghan town for what is their home round of the national series but Marty McCormack and Desi Henry are to continue their British Championship campaign in the Kielder-based Pirelli event.

McCormack skipped the Easter event to concentrate on his BRC ambitions and holds second place in the standings behind reigning champion Matt Edwards after round two, the West Cork Rally in which another Welshman, Tom Cave, took maximum points. Winner Craig Breen isn't registered for the British series.

Edwards starts at No.1 in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta ahead of Cave's Hyundai and the Skoda Fabia of Scot David Bogie at three and Finn Jari Huttunen at four in another Hyundai. The Skodas of McCormack and Henry at five and seven respectively.

Young Irish drivers have dominated the BRC Junior championship with James Wilson and Josh McErlean tied at the top of the table after a win each in the first two rounds. William Creighton is only four points behind in third.

Meanwhile, last year's winner Donagh Kelly heads the Monaghan line-up in his WRC Ford Focus with Sam and Josh Moffett seeded second and third. Josh leads the championship after back-to-back wins in the family WRC Ford Fiesta but it is Sam's turn to drive the car with the younger Moffett in his R5 Fiesta.

However, he says they are still 'negotiating' and a switch could be on the cards as Josh seeks to see off the challenge of Kelly and 2018 champion Declan Boyle, who reverts to his WRC Fiesta after crashing his R5 Ford on the Easter Rally.

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