For Immediate Release: 2nd November 2015
Finale in the Forests!
Moffett or O’Brien for the Valvoline Title?
The seventh and final round of the 2015 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Championship, the Mid-Antrim Motor Club’s Glens of Antrim Rally, provides a fitting finale to what has been an epic twenty-fifth Irish forestry championship season. Indeed plans are underway to reunite the winners since the series inception for the prize-giving at the end of the month.
This Saturday, the legendary Cam and Springwell forest stages will host thirty-eight stage miles, thirty-eight miles that will decide the 2015 Valvoline Championship. In the overall points table Mick O’Brien holds the advantage in his Tom Gahan run 2008 Ford Focus WRC, but when dropped scored come into play it’s less clear cut. For the first time this season, regular co-driver James O’Brien cannot make it due to Alan Ring’s wedding, so Cork’s Liam Brennan has stepped in to see if he can guide the London based Irish man to his second forestry title. “I haven’t thought much about it “said Mick. “It could be more luck than judgement, what happens on Saturday. I think Josh is ahead of me on dropped scores, with his two wins to my one, but it’s all to play for. I haven’t done this rally before, but the stages look excellent on the DVD, so we will just have to go for it. Josh is a good competitor and is very committed on the fast gravel. No matter who wins the series, I’ve really enjoyed the championship. It’s been great craic, good competition and the TV coverage to watch it all back has all added to it” said the 2013 champion.
Mayo winner Josh Moffett, in his Gerry McGarrity developed Mitsubishi Evo 9. “It’s important on Saturday that we finish, and anything can happen in rallying” said Josh. “As far as we can work out, first or second in the points would be enough to clinch the series when dropped scores are taken into account. We are looking forward to the event, they are good stages. The Irish Forestry series is a very good one to do, and it takes very little time to do, there is no recce, just watching the DVD during the week, so you can balance your work, which is quite something. To win it would be quite special, there’s no doubt, but it’s too early to think about that.”
Adding spice to the entry are local lads- the Henry Brother’s- Desi in his Super 2000 Skoda, and Niall the Impreza S9 WRC, and these registered crews positions could be critical in the title race. The rally itself boasts some interesting entries such as Kenny McKinstry, Martin Cairns and Mark Donnelly in WRC Impreza’s and Marty McCormack in another S2000 Skoda Fabia.
Another championship to be decided is the Valvoline Junior between Alan Moran in his 206 Cup Car, Patrick O’Brien in his C2 R2, and Derek Mackarel in his Opel Corsa. Not only are two Kumho tyres from Ears Motorsport Ireland up for grabs on the event, but the championship winner receives an automatic nomination for the prestigious Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award. There is no doubting just how important Saturday’s race in the Antrim forests is to these young hot-shots.
With other important class positions to be finalised, the championship, unlike many has been kept alive right until the final round, in what has been an exciting year, and even more interest for 2016.
Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Championship
Points after Round Six:
1. Michael O'Brien 101pts
2. Josh Moffett 81
3. Michael Conlon 79
4. John Gordon 78
5. Gerard Lucey 65
For more information including registration details for the series visit- www.irishforestrally.com
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