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Moffetts square up for re-run of duel in the Lakelands

 

By Sammy Hamill

He's already won one championship, has a firm hold on another, and this weekend Sam Moffett is likely to step closer to an unprecedented rally treble. Winner of the Irish National Championship with a record six victories in a row, Moffett is International Tarmac Champion in all but name heading to the final round in Cork next month.

And almost accidentally he finds himself in a strong position in the Irish Forestry Championship as well, sitting just two points behind leader Gerard Lucy going into round five, the Lakeland Stages in Fermanagh on Saturday.

It is a rally Moffett has won for the past two years and he heads an impressive entry list for an event which embraces both the Irish series and the Northern Ireland Championship too.

Among those lining up against him will be younger brother Josh, even though he has just returned from the Barum Rally in the Czech Republic.

Although they are from across the border in Monaghan, the Moffetts are Portora old boys and Fermanagh is virtually home territory for them.

Josh was second last year and in 2015 they finished the Lakeland round exactly level on stage times with Sam taking the victory on a tiebreak. The competition between them is very fierce, so much so that while Sam is listed to drive his WRC Ford Fiesta on Saturday, he has decided to match his brother by switching to his R5 Fiesta.

Indeed, the top five in the seeding list are all in R5 cars, with Jonny Greer at three in his DS3 Citroën and Northern Ireland champion Derek McGarrity appearing for the first time in a Skoda Fabia. Switching, too, at No.5 is Adrian Hetherington who will be in an R5 Fiesta.

The first WRC car is the Fiesta of Martin Cairns, and the list includes the Subarus of Kenny McKinstry and Alan Carmichael, as well as the Mini of Derek McGeehan.

Based at the old Grosvenor Barracks in Enniskillen, the Trailer Parts & Spares-sponsored event starts at 9.30am

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