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Moffett out to boost hopes of trophy treble

 

By Sammy Hamill

It promises to be a big weekend for Josh Moffett, one which could make or break his chances of emulating brother Sam and becoming a triple Irish rally champion.

Moffett lines up tomorrow morning as top seed in the starting list for the Lakeland Rally, the next stage in his quest to win the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship, and immediately after he will leave Enniskillen for Sligo and the fifth round of the Triton Showers Irish National (tarmac) series on Sunday.

The younger of the Moffett siblings, he has all but secured the premier Irish International Tarmac title after taking top points on the Ulster Rally and currently sits second in both the Forest and National Tarmac Championships - all three of which were won by Sam last season.

Josh won in the Fermanagh forests last year and starts at No.1 again in his R5 Ford Fiesta as he tries to close the gap on leader Barry McKenna.

On Sunday he switches to the WRC Fiesta in which his brother won the national title last season and starts at No.2 in Sligo behind Sam, the 2017 winner, who takes over the R5 Fiesta Josh drove on the Ulster Rally.

With Sam taking a comparative back seat this season, switching to the WRC Fiesta is aimed at giving Josh the best chance of catching National Championship leader Declan Boyle, who will also be on board a WRC Fiesta.

The highest seeded Ulster driver is Joe McGonigle, third in the standings, at No.4 in a McGeehan Motorsport WRC Mini.

Meanwhile, Desi Henry is a late addition to the Lakeland entry list.

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