Mof­fetts choose Kil­lar­ney over Carlisle

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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.

Josh Mof­fett won BRC event on Cir­cuit of Ire­land

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