Moffetts choose Killarney over Carlisle
Josh and Sam Moffett will compete in Killarney in two week’s time for the Irish Tarmac Championship, electing not to compete on the next round of the British Rally Championship.
Josh won the British Rally Championship event on the Circuit of Ireland, earning 25 points, which puts him 20 points behind series leader Elfyn Evans in second. However, he leads the Irish Tarmac standings after a consistent start to the year.
Sam suffered a puncture on Mid Wales, before a troublesome weekend was ended with an off on Saturday on the Circuit.
“We’re doing Killarney,” said Sam. “For me it was clear-cut because of the puncture in Mid Wales and the Circuit, with dropped scores it was a no-brainer. For Josh it was a bit more difficult, but I think he thought realistically with his [lack of] knowledge it was more sensible to fight for the Irish Tarmac. Keith [Cronin] and Alastair [Fisher] have both got a score to drop whereas we haven’t, so it definitely makes sense to fight for that.”
Moffett confirmed that the duo will compete on the rest of the BRC rounds, but a solution should be found next year.
“It’s not that we’re turning our back on the BRC, we’re still planning on doing all the rounds,” said Sam. “It’s great the championships are both so close together at the top. One thing I will say is they need to look at this for next year.”
BRC championship manager Iain Campbell said: “I can agree with Sam’s comments and unfortunately it is that way for 2016. We’re looking at it closely for next year.”
This weekend’s Speyside Stages will be broadcast live through a stream on Youtube, the organiser has announced.
Using a local college to film the event, multiple cameras will be set up in the first two stages – both of which are spectator stages on asphalt – and should feature continuous action all the way through the stage.
Speyside Stages clerk of the course Neil Shanks said: “We’re trying to do something different and hopefully it works. It will be streamed through Youtube live.
“It’s going to be used for the first two stages, there are going to be three or four cameras. There will be a presenter too so it will be a proper edited intro with Periscope in there as well.”
The Circuit of Ireland Rally recently featured a live stream of its event to great acclaim, with national events investigating cost-effective ways to broadcast events using the internet.