Leading from the start Monaghan’s Sam Moffett and his Cork co-driver Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta WRC) took a commanding victory in the Midland Moto Rally in Longford, the second round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship.
They finished a minute and 9.9 seconds ahead of the Ford Fiesta WRC of reigning champions Clonmel’s Roy White and his Cork co-driver James O’Brien.
Donegal’s, Manus Kelly/Gareth Doherty (Subaru WRC) were 21.1 seconds further behind in third.
Tyrone’s Adrian Hetherington (Escort) and his co-driver Andrew Greenan won the Modified section – 55.9 seconds ahead of Donegal’s Brian Brogan and his co-driver Damien McGettigan, also in a Ford Escort.
The Motorsport Safety Group N category was won by Cork’s David Guest (Mitsubishi) and his Donegal co-driver Paddy Robinson.
Monaghan’s Jonny Treanor/Adrian Foley (Honda Civic) won the Junior category.
The event organised by the Midland Motor Club under the stewardship of Clerk of the Course Sean Cahill was well organised and provided a welcome financial boost to the local economy.
For a more comprehensive report and further local photographs, see the Motoring News section of www.longfordleader.ie