‘Mof­fett fends off strong com­pe­ti­tion’

Sam Mof­fett makes the most of dom­i­nant Boyle’s late re­tire­ment to claim Ca­van vic­tory

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Ca­van Mo­tor Club When: May 29 Where: Ca­van, Repub­lic of Ire­land Cham­pi­onships: Tri­ton Show­ers MI Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, Sligo Pal­lets Bor­der Cham­pi­onshi Stages: 9 Starters: 127

Sam Mof­fett headed off the strong World Rally Car con­tin­gent in Ca­van to take an over­due win, his first since the Fivemile­town Spring Rally in Fe­bru­ary.

De­clan and Brian Boyle held the lead for most of the rally in his Ford Fi­esta WRC, but his con­tin­ued bad luck struck again and he was out af­ter six stages with al­ter­na­tor fail­ure.

Roy White and James O’brien couldn’t fend off the ad­vances of Mof­fett af­ter Boyle’s re­tire­ment and set­tled for sec­ond. Josh Mof­fett had a sub­dued morn­ing but rounded out the podium spots with usual nav­i­ga­tor John Rowan call­ing the pacenotes.

The three stages of the rally, re­peated three times, were all fast, tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing ‘coun­try’ roads, in close prox­im­ity to the Ho­tel Kil­more Ca­van head­quar­ters.

Roy White was fastest out of the box, by 1s from Boyle. Sam Mof­fett was third and in close at­ten­dance on the open­ing stage Shankill. Through stages two and three Boyle was fastest to lead Sam Mof­fett by 12s at first ser­vice, with White third.

Peadar Hur­son found his newly ac­quired Im­preza WRC S12B a bit of a strug­gle ini­tially and he was down in sev­enth. As the day pro­gressed for­mer Na­tional cham­pion Hur­son firmed up the car’s sus­pen­sion and was a lit­tle hap­pier, but even then was shy of the fastest times, although he did im­prove to fifth over­all.

Through the mid­dle loop of stages De­clan Boyle, de­spite al­ter­na­tor worries with his Fi­esta WRC, was the man to beat and still led from Sam Mof­fett at sec­ond ser­vice af­ter stage six. How­ever, he would go no fur­ther.

An­other lead­ing re­tire­ment was Daragh O’rior­dan, his Fi­esta WRC suf­fer­ing bro­ken steer­ing when ly­ing in fourth po­si­tion.

Gary Mcphillips main­tained his twowheel-drive lead to the fin­ish. Ai­dan Wray (Lancer) won Group N, his clos­est early pur­suer Paul Bar­rett re­tir­ing his Im­preza with turbo prob­lems. Gary Mcnamee had a bril­liant start-to-fin­ish win in the Ju­nior cat­e­gory driv­ing his Honda Civic. Re­sults 1 Sam Mof­fett/james Ful­ton (Ford Fi­esta R5) 1h07m10.7s; 2 Roy White/james O’brien (Fi­esta WRC) +29.5s; 3 Josh Mof­fett/john Rowan (Fi­esta R5); 4 Niall Maguire/ Enda Sherry (Subaru Im­preza WRC); 5 Peadar Hur­son/ Damien Con­nolly (Im­preza WRC); 6 Sea­mus Leonard/ Paul Mclough­lin (Im­preza WRC); 7 Stephen Mccann/ Damien Flem­ing (Im­preza WRC); 8 Kevin Bar­rett/ Sean Mul­lally (Im­preza WRC); 9 Gary Mcphillips/ Paul Sheri­dan (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 10 Gary Kiernan/ Ryan Moore (Es­cort Mk2) Class win­ners Ruari Mccaf­frey/ Sea­mus Mctigue (Honda Civic); Jenna Mccann/james Mccann (Fi­esta R2); Pakie Duffy/ Evin Hughes (Civic); Ai­dan Wray/ Kieran Mcgrath (Mit­subishi Lancer E10); S Mof­fett/ Ful­ton; White/ O’brien; Gene Mcdon­ald/ Kevin Reilly (Ford Es­cort Mk2); Padraig Con­nolly/ Cain Tre­anor (Peu­geot 106); John Mccabe/ Niall Mc­gaugh­ran (Civic); Sea­mus Con­nolly/ Gary Mc­crud­den (Toy­ota Corolla); John Gor­don/ Nial Tier­ney (Ford Es­cort Mk2); Kiernan/ Moore; Mcphillips/ Sheri­dan; Mccann/ Flem­ing; Colin Quirk/ Chris Ca­ley (Mit­subishi Lancer E10); Mal­colm Ped­low/ Ivor Fer­gu­son (BMW 2002tii); Gary Mcnamee/ Kieran O’donoghue (Civic EG6)

Mof­fett re­turned to win­ning ways af­ter four months with­out a vic­tory

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