BOYLE PROFITS FROM MOFFETT’S WOE
Organiser: Clare Motor Club When: September 18 Where: Clare, County Clare, Ireland Championship Triton Showers National Rally Championship; Top Part West Coast Rally Championship Stages: 9 Starters: 91
Donegal cousins Declan and Brian Boyle scored an impressive victory in County Clare aboard their Ford Fiesta WRC, with newly crowned National champions Roy White/james O’brien second in their similar Fiesta WRC.
Josh Moffett – choosing the event over Rally Isle of Man – got off to a flying start and was 18s faster than next man Boyle. On SS2, Clonilea Lough, Moffett was again fastest. Boyle then rose to the challenge and was fastest on the third stage but was still 21s in arrears at first service.
On the middle loop of the same three stages there was drama, as Moffett lost almost a minute when his Fiesta R5 suffered a puncture. Boyle was leading by a minute at second service. Through the final loop Boyle had the luxury of being able to conserve his position. White was fastest through SS7 and SS9 to clinch second overall ahead of the recovering Moffett, with fellow Fiesta R5s of Stephen Wright and Brendan Cumiskey rounding out the top five.
Chris Armstrong had a great run to claim the best two-wheel-drive mantle in sixth. Aidan Wray, in his Mistubishi Lancer, won Gp N. Calum Duffy finished 11th in his new Skoda Fabia S2500. Michael Boyle won the Juniors. His main rival Gary Mcnamee had parked his Honda Civic on stage five.