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Moffett wins Bushwhacker while Wilson is Junior Champion

Written on 31st January 2019 by TJ Hegarty

James Wilson - 2018 Round 7


Josh Moffett rounded off a fine year in the Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship by taking victory in the McKelvey Asbestos Bushwhacker Rally on Saturday. Although he had clinched the title on the previous round, a superb performance in Omagh saw him not up another win, and give his navigator Stephen Thornton the overall co-driver award for the second year in a row. Moffetts Fiesta R5 finished with nineteen seconds to spare over Vivian Hamill with Desi Henry a further eight seconds back. Despite retiring from the event when he went off the road on Stage 5, Barry McKenna took the drivers runner up spot in the championship with Cathan McCourt taking third on the series, both in Fiesta R5’s.


Shane McGirr did enough to take the 2WD title in his Escort while Ciaran McPhillips who navigates for Mickey Conlon was the overall winner of the 2WD co driver award. The Junior Category saw four drivers head to Omagh with a chance of lifting the title, and by the end it was literally the last man standing who became champion. James Wilson from Keady with Gavin Doherty co-driving in a Peugeot 208 are the Junior Champions for 2018. His three rivals all hit trouble over the course of the day, with Marty Gallagher first to go with engine failure. Mechanical problems forced Jordan Hone out at the halfway point with Derek Mackarel retiring on the last loop to see Wilson move from second to first in the standings.


The championship prize giving will take place in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday 24th November, and tickets can be purchased via the following link;


Top 5 Championship Overall

1 – Josh Moffett              Ford Fiesta R5                   103 points
2 – Barry McKenna          Ford Fiesta R5                    97 points
3 – Cathan McCourt         Ford Fiesta R5                    87 points
4 – Stephen McCann        Ford Fiesta R5                    83 points
5 – Andrew Purcell          Ford Fiesta R5                    79 points


Top 4 Juniors Overall

1 – James Wilson           Peugeot 208 R2                 50 points
2 – Marty Gallagher         Peugeot 208 R2                 48 points
3 – Derek Mackarel          Vauxhall Nova                   46 points
4 – Jordan Hone             Opel Adam R2                   42 points


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