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Six hit Sam is National title winner after Sligo success


By Sammy Hamill

Six rallies, six wins and Sam Moffett is undisputedly the new Irish National champion. The Clontibret driver continued his record-breaking run in yesterday's Sligo Rally, making it six wins out of six in his WRC Ford Fiesta to clinch the Triton Showers national title with three rounds to spare.

Moffett is enjoying a stellar season and also leads the premier Irish Tarmac championship. But the Monaghan man and his co-driver Karl Atkinson, have totally dominated the national series and wrapped it up with another comprehensive win, finishing more than one-and-a-half minutes ahead of the R5 Skoda Fabia of Desi Henry with former champion Niall Maguire nearly three minutes back in third place in his Subaru.

Declan Boyle, another former champion, had challenged Moffett for the first half of the rally and indeed led after the first five stages but retired his WRC Fiesta on the seventh stage after dropping three minutes with a puncture. The younger Moffett, Josh, was fourth in his R5 Fiesta with Roy White, the 2016 champion, fifth in another WRC Fiesta.

Marty McCormack kept his British championship hopes alive with a fighting fourth place in the Nicky Grist Rally in Wales.

In danger of missing the event after his Skoda was badly damaged on the previous round in Belgium, the Draperstown driver hired an R5 Fiesta and gradually adapted to the new car to finish behind Sweden's Fredrik Ahlin and two Welshmen Matt Edwards and Rhys Yates.

But the second day on the tarmac stages of the Epynt military ranges proved costly for first leg leader Osian Pryce and Ireland's former three-time champion Keith Cronin. They both retired their Fiestas on the ninth of 20 stages with mechanical issues.

The battle for the British junior title is coming down to a straight fight between two Ulster drivers, Callum Devine and William Creighton. Devine won for a the second rally in a row in his little Opel Adam to close the gap on leader Creighton who was second in his Peugeot, the two of them finishing in the top 10 overall.

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