Mof­fett misses fi­nal BRC round to fo­cus on Cork

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Josh Mof­fett will skip the last round of the new-era Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship on the Isle of Man this week.

A top three fin­ish in the over­all stand­ings had been the tar­get, but a tor­rid run on last month’s Ul­ster Rally ef­fec­tively dashed their hopes of achiev­ing that.

They came home in sixth place BRC crew af­ter clout­ing a wall early on day one be­fore is­sues with the ex­haust man­i­fold on their Ford Fi­esta R5 starved it of power. Even with dou­ble points up for grabs on the Manx, co-driver John Rowan con­cedes the odds of leapfrog­ging Swede Fredrik Ah­lin and Ul­ster­man Jonny Greer are very slim. “Per­haps if we were in a stronger po­si­tion we would have gone to the Isle of Man, but given how things are there wasn’t much point,” he ex­plained. “The Ul­ster Rally was a real dis­ap­point­ment and the in­ci­dent with the wall knocked our con­fi­dence.” “We have given a good ac­count of our­selves in the BRC. Win­ning the BRC is a three- or four-year plan.” Their non-at­ten­dance at the Manx Rally means they will use the time to pre­pare for the Cork ‘20’ Rally, the de­cid­ing event on the Ir­ish Tar­mac cal­en­dar. Josh’s brother Sam – also a Fi­esta R5 driver – will also miss Rally Isle of Man. He will in­stead race in Ir­ish Su­per­cars at Mon­dello Park in Ire­land.

Mof­fett had a tor­rid Ul­ster

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