First Ever Rally Triple Crown Winner Sam Moffett
Already crowned as the champion in both the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and the Valvoline National Forestry series, Monaghan’s Sam Moffett yesterday completed an unprecedented Irish rallying triple crown by adding the Clonakilty Blackpudding Tarmac title to his impressive collection of achievements.
Along with his Cork co-driver Karl Atkinson, Moffett took a clear win in the AceSigns Cork 20 International Rally, with their Ford Fiesta R5 leading for all but three of the 16 stages based on Macroom.
However, right up to the final stage, either of the Moffett brothers could have come out on top, as younger sibling Josh held a two second advantage over his brother as they started the last section, only to go off the road, damaging his car too badly to continue after a terrific duel for most of the two days.
At the end, Sam held a clear lead of almost five minutes over Ulster pair Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble in another Fiesta, with the Skoda of Donegal’s Joe McGonigle and Ciaran Geaney just one further second behind in third position.
MOTORSPORT IRELAND – Results for 30 September/1 October 2017
ACESIGNS CORK 20 INTERNATIONAL RALLY AT MACROOM, CO CORK (FINAL ROUND OF
CLONAKILTY BLACKPUDDING IRISH TARMAC CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 02m 40s,
2 Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 07m 29s,
3 Joe McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Skoda Fabia R5) 2h 07m 30s,
4 Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Skoda Fabia S2000) 2h 09m 37s,
5 Daniel Cronin/Shane Buckley (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 11m 30s,
6 Paul Rowley/Darragh Mullen (Citroen DS3 R5) 2h 17m 28s.
Class winners: James Wilson/Gavin Doherty (Peugeot 205),
Willie Mavitty/Brian Daniels (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9),
Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor,
1 Kevin Eves/William Lynch (Toyota Corolla) 2h 11m 48s,
2 Pauric Duffy/Kevin Glynn (Ford Fiesta) 2h 12m 21s,
3 Barry Meade/John McCarthy (Ford Escort) 2h 13m 00s,
4 Jason McSweeney/Keith McCarthy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 2h 14m 47s,
5 Eugene Meegan/Sarah Whelan (BMW M1) 2h 15m 58s,
6 Barry Jones/Iwan Griffiths (Ford Escort) 2h 17m 22s.
1 Keith McIvor/David Burns (Ford Escort) 2h 20m 07s,
2 James Hall/Tony McCarthy (Audi Quattro) 2h 41m 05s.
Class winners: Duncan Williams/Llion Williams (Ford Escort), Todd
Falvey/Andrew Cronin (Porsche 911).
1 Jenna McCann/John McCabe (Ford Fiesta R2) 1h 27m 44s,
2 Fergus Hurley/Eric Deane (Ford Escort) 1h 27m 52s,
3 Justin Ryan/Tommy Moynihan (Honda Civic) 1h 28m 29s.
CO MONAGHAN M C NAVIGATION TRIAL AT THREEMILEHOUSE, CO MONAGHAN:
1 Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 11 marks,
2 Mickey Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 13m,
3 Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 18m,
4 Damien Treanor/Jonathan McGovern (Subaru Impreza) 22m,
5 Colm Mohan/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 28m,
6 Alan Shinnors/George Shinnors (Subaru Impreza) 29m,
7 Aaron Duffy/Micheal McCluskey (Subaru Impreza) 39m,
8 Kevin McCormack/David McCrudden (Subaru Impreza) 41m,
9 Ashley McAdoo/Laurence Keenan (Subaru Impreza) 41m,
10 Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 48m,
11 Brendan Treanor/Garry Farrelly (Subaru Impreza) 50m,
12 Jonny Treanor/Denis O’Donovan (Subaru Impreza) 57m.
Semi-experts: 1 Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan, 2 Kevin McCormack/David McCrudden,
3 Emmet McCooey/Thomas Wedlock (Subaru Impreza) 80m.
Novices: 1 Colm Mohan/Conor Mohan, 2 Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock, 3 Hugh
McBrien/Paddy Corcoran (Subaru Impreza) 64m.
Beginners: 1 Darragh Kelly/Ciaran Duffy (Subaru Impreza) 120m, 2 Donal
McArdle/Killian McArdle (Subaru Impreza) 162m, 3 Kieran McCarra/Kate Lynch
(Subaru Impreza) 243m.