Moffett wins Bushwhacker while Wilson is Junior Champion
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; https://www.rallyscore.net/#/entry-form/183?MI-Irish-Forest-Rally-Championship-Dinner-Dance
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