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Moffett will lead Irish bid to rise to the surface for Wales challenge


Josh Moffett in action in Wales this weekend

Josh Moffett in action in Wales this weekend

Josh Moffett in action in Wales this weekend

Josh Moffett leads a trio of Irish drivers in the top 10 for this weekend's Nicky Grist Rally in Wales, round five of the British Championship.

Moffett, Jonny Greer and Desi Henry are included for the challenging event which features two distinct types of stage - the gravel of the Welsh forests tomorrow and the tarmac of the Epynt military ranges on Sunday.

Mixed surface rallies are rare these days, largely because of the expense involved in converting the cars from gravel to tarmac specification and the replacement parts required. Crews will have two hours tomorrow evening to make the changes.

Championship leader and winner of two of the four rounds so far, Elfyn Evans, heads the entry list with Sweden's Fredrik Ahlin at two, Scot David Bogie at three, Welshman Tom Cave at four and Scot Euan Thorburn at five.

Moffett, who took maximum BRC points from the Circuit of Ireland, will start at six in his Ford Fiesta ahead of Greer's Citroen DS3 and Henry's Skoda Fabia, all three of them in the top six of the current standings.

Three other Irishmen are missing from the line-up, Keith Cronin and Josh's brother Sam, who have abandoned their BRC campaigns to focus on the Irish Tarmac series, and Marty McCormack, out with a hand injury.

All three are expected back for round six, the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally, which is part of both the British and Irish Championships.

Belfast Telegraph