Late switch to WRC gives Josh Mof­fett suc­cess

Mon­aghan Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Mon­aghan Mo­tor Club When: April 23 Where: Mon­aghan Cham­pi­onships: Sligo Pal­lets Bor­der Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 9 Stages: 122

Af­ter a switch to a WRC Ford Fi­esta from his usual R5, Josh Mof­fett won his home Mon­aghan Stages Rally ahead of brother Sam and for­mer win­ner Niall Maguire.

The top three re­mained the same through­out the rally’s nine stages, with Sam hav­ing James Ful­ton on the notes for the sec­ond time this year. Although at a dis­ad­van­tage with the car, Sam was only 40s back from his brother at the fin­ish.

Maguire – with Enda Sherry on the notes – had won the event on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions in the past. Even so, he was no match for the more mod­ern Fi­es­tas in his S12B Im­preza. His best fin­ish this year re­mains sec­ond on the Birr Stages Rally.

There was a huge bat­tle be­hind the top three, mostly among the Ford Es­cort Mk2 men, and it was Jonathan Pringle in his ex­am­ple who was the pace­set­ter. Pringle was fourth on SS1 but lost a few sec­onds in SS2. He briefly dropped to eighth but quickly bat­tled back to fifth be­hind Stephen Wright in his Fi­esta R5 by stage three. Pringle re­took fourth by stage four and held that to the end, with Wright fifth. Gary Mcphillips was slightly cau­tious at the start but set some quick times as the day pro­gressed to fin­ish sixth.

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