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Josh Moffett is in driving seat to clinch Irish crown

By Sammy Hamill

The Irish forest rally championship comes north this weekend to be decided in a final-round shoot-out between three drivers.

The Glens of Antrim Rally in Cam and Springwell will be the setting for a showdown featuring Mitsubishi trio Josh Moffett, Owen Murphy and Desi Henry.

On paper, Moffett holds the advantage on 112 points to Murphy's 94 with Henry back in third on 79 but with just five of the seven rounds to count in the final analysis, the situation is much closer.

Moffett has finished all six rounds so far and must drop 17 points ahead of the final round, leaving him on 95. Murphy had one non-finish so stays on 94.

Henry, from nearby Portglenone, is the outsider but has to drop just one point.

The entry list for Saturday's Riverridge Recycling sponsored event, based at Ringsend, is headed by three-times Northern Ireland champion Kenny McKinstry in his S14 Subaru with Bushwhacker Rally winner Martin Cairns at No.2 in a similar Impreza. The line-up includes Josh Moffett's brother Sam in another Mitsubishi plus Marty McKenna (Subaru) and the leading two-wheel-drive contenders such as Frank Kelly, Shane McGirr and Adrian Hetherington.

Meanwhile, Circuit of Ireland winner Esapekka Lappi is the new European champion even before the final round of the series, this weekend's Tour de Corse, begins.

Lappi's Skoda team-mate Sepp Wiegand has been forced to withdraw after his car was heavily damaged by a fire during testing in Corsica. His absence also leaves Craig Breen and Poland's Kajetan Kajetanowicz to fight out the runner-up spot in the series.

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