Belfast Telegraph

Moffett on a roll in battle for historic title hat-trick


By Sammy Hamill

Sam Moffett is a man on a roll at the moment. Winner of the opening three rounds of the Irish National Championship, he also sits second in the premier Irish Tarmac Championship which moves to Killarney this weekend for the Rally of the Lakes.

For good measure he holds second place in the Irish forest series behind brother Josh. It has been some start to the season.

But the hectic schedule is not one that he planned. "Definitely not," he said. "The Tarmac Championship was always the main target with a couple of national and forest rounds thrown in. But we've had such good results, I seem to have got sucked in. I will enjoy it while it lasts."

No one has ever won all three titles in the same year and although Declan Boyle and Donagh Kelly have been double Tarmac and National champions, Moffett could be on course for another unique achievement - the first driver to double up in different classes of cars.

He has been using a WRC Ford Fiesta in the national and forest rounds but will be back on board his favoured R5 Fiesta in Killarney as he seeks to overhaul Alastair Fisher at the top of the Tarmac standings.

"I prefer the R5 - it is a nicer car to drive and there is more driving in it," said the elder of the Clontibret brothers. "And since the Tarmac series switched to the R5 cars it has become so competitive. The cars are evenly matched and there is literally nothing between the top four or five drivers."

He still feels "gutted" by the late puncture which robbed him of a potential win in the previous round in West Cork, leaving him five points behind Fisher and one ahead of Josh who is forced to miss Killarney after crashing heavily on last weekend's Monaghan Rally.

"Josh is okay but his car took a big hit and won't be ready in time," explained Sam.

"It's unfortunate but at least he's one less rival to worry about."

As well as Galway winner Fisher, Moffett expects Robert Barrable in the impressive new Hyundai i20, Stephen Wright, Joe McGonigle, Brendan Cumiskey and Aaron MacHale all to be in the mix over the classic Kerry stages.

It might also have included the likes of Keith Cronin, Desi Henry, Marty McCormack and Jonny Greer but for the clash with the Carlisle-based Pirelli International where they resume their challenge for the British Championship.

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