Moffet claims first big win as he leaves field in his wake

Sam Moffett
Sam Moffett

Round three of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the Rally of the Lakes featured a dramatic conclusion with Sam Moffett taking his first International win of the year right at the end.

Overnight leader Declan Boyle looked set to continue his winning ways as he led and stretched his lead after the first Molls Gap stage, but after Donagh Kelly had closed the gap again, Boyle went off the road and out of the rally on Stage 10.

This left Donagh Kelly in line to take his first ever International victory as he held a 48 second lead over Sam Moffett. However Moffett began to exert pressure and by stage 13 the gap had closed to just 26 seconds with just two stages remaining.

It all went wrong for Kelly who rolled into a bog and his dreams went up in smoke leaving Moffett in pole position with just one run over Molls Gap to be completed, and he did not disappoint.

Alan Ring was next up in a Subaru WRC, his best ever International result while it was a good day all round for the Moffetts as Sam’s younger brother Josh took third place and also won the Group N category.

Eugene Meegan and Stephen McCann were next up just separated by five seconds after a long tough weekend, while Joseph McGonigle rounded off the top six in his Renault Clio.

In the Modified Championship Lisburn’s Wesley Patterson took a fine second place behind Roy Whites MG to stop Declan Gallagher’s run of maximum points in the three rounds before this weekend.

Gallagher though still managed to take third place and is still strongly positioned to take the title as he holds a 20 point lead over Patterson.

The Historic Championship also has a new leader as Denis Moynihan held off somestrong challenges to win the FIA Historic Category and move into a three point lead.