Josh Moffett says he’s delighted he’s stuck to his guns and persevered with the R5 version of Hyundai’s i20 after it carried him to back-to-back Irish National Rally Championship titles over the weekend.
Offett’s incredible form continued at last Sunday’s Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally in Clonmel, where he won by a minute and nine seconds, posting six perfect results from the first six laps.
That was more than it took him to retain the Vard Memorial Trophy, matching a winning record previously set by his older brother Sam when he clinched the title in 2017 aboard a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car, and by Donie Keating before that in 1981.
However, no driver in the history of the championship has managed to achieve seven wins in the trot or a full house of firsts in the same calendar year – something Moffett can achieve with the Galway Summer Rally and Donegal Harvest Rally on August 28th and 28th respectively. 8th October.
Central to Moffett’s success – which stretches as far as the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, which he currently leads, with only the Cork ’20’ and Ulster International rallies remaining – was the unleashing of the South Korean car’s speed. He acquired it last season and initially struggled to get used to it before the floodgates finally opened in early February at the Galway International Rally.
“Towards the end of last year we started to lose confidence in the car,” he explained. “I think this year we’ve kicked things up a notch and I’ve started to take it a bit more to the jagged edge – it seems to be working well for us.
“I don’t know what it is, but it all worked this year. It was really a combination of everything.
“If you take from Keith [Moriarty] and Andi [Hayes] who sat next to me, shared passenger responsibility and did a top job for me all year, to Tom [Gahan] and the guys who drive the car and did a fabulous job with it.
“It really couldn’t have gone better.”