Saturday 25 November 2017

Cruise control for Moffett

Sam Moffett, pictured, and co-driver Karl Atkinson set a fast early pace, opening a 33-second lead on the first loop of three stages, before easing off for the rest of the day. Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick / Sportsfile
Sam Moffett, pictured, and co-driver Karl Atkinson set a fast early pace, opening a 33-second lead on the first loop of three stages, before easing off for the rest of the day. Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick / Sportsfile

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Monaghan's Sam Moffett was again out on his own in yesterday's second round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, with his Fiesta WRC leading the Midland MC event in Longford town from start to finish to take a comfortable victory, more than a minute ahead of his closest challengers.

Moffett and co-driver Karl Atkinson set a fast early pace, opening a 33-second lead on the first loop of three stages, before easing off for the rest of the day.

Double National champion Declan Boyle held second at that point, but his Fiesta was too damaged to continue when he hit a chicane on the seventh of nine stages.

This promoted defending National title holders Roy White and James O'Brien to runner-up place at the finish, with the Impreza of Donegal pair Manus Kelly and Gareth Doherty in third spot.

Adrian Hetherington's Escort won the two wheel drive category in fifth place overall, with Junior title holder Gary McNamee getting in among the more powerful cars, taking a creditable seventh place in his Civic.

Former Young Racing Driver of the Year Kevin O'Hara scored a double at Kirkistown, in Co. Down, narrowly beating fellow Kildareman James Roe Junior in the opening Formula Ford race and finishing well clear of Ulster rival Alan Davidson in race two.

Galway teenager Patrick Dempsey also had two victories, dominating both of the Ginetta Junior races.

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