Josh Moffett will purpose to go 4 from 4 within the Nationwide Rally Championship on Sunday’s Carlow Phases Rally. Keith Moriarty returns as Moffett’s co-driver in Carlow after sitting with Josh’s brother Sam on April’s Monaghan Stages Rally.
Two lengthy, powerful phases will likely be tackled thrice, offering the heart of 110 aggressive kilometres across the rally’s Carlow city base.
Robert Barrable, Darren Gass, and Declan Boyle will likely be hoping to lastly bridge the hole to the so-far dominant Moffett in 2022. Moffett gained seven of the eight phases on his dwelling Monaghan Rally final month. Nonetheless, the Hyundai i20 R5 driver has solely competed in Carlow as soon as earlier than and that was ten years in the past in a Group N Mitsubishi Evo.
Barrable and Gass have been getting on top of things of their Volkswagen Polo R5 and Citroen C3 Rally2 vehicles this 12 months however must unlock one other degree of efficiency to topple Moffett’s Hyundai.
Tim McNulty, Brendan Cumiskey, and Paul Barrett proceed their Nationwide Rally Championship campaigns in varied Rally2 vehicles whereas Peadar Hurson brings his Ford Fiesta WRC to the get together.
2007 Nationwide Rally Champion, Aaron MacHale, appears to be like set to debut his just lately transformed right-hand-drive Polo R5 in Carlow.
Enda O’Brien will pilot one other Polo R5 with the two-time Carlow podium finisher hoping for a superb end result on an occasion near his Kilkenny dwelling.
Carlow has attracted one other tantilising two-wheel-drive entry. A trophy for Ford Escort Mk2 opponents provides an additional dimension to the modified battle.
Ryan Loughran has the privilege of operating Carlow’s primary doorcard after successful the 2019 occasion, 0.7 seconds forward of Damian Toner.
Toner has skipped this 12 months’s occasion however one might simply overlook his absence given the depth of high two-wheel-drive crews.
Present Class 14 championship leaders Gary Kiernan and Darren O’Brien are seeded twentieth with Ed O’Callaghan, David Condell, Frank Kelly, and Chris Armstrong offering wholesome Mk2 Escort competitors.
Jonathan Pringle, recent from a high ten end on Enniskillen’s Might Day Rally, returns to a Nationwide Rally entry for the primary time since 2019. In reality, his final two finishes had been victories in 2018’s Galway Summer season Rally and Laois Heartlands Mini Phases Rally.
Kevin Eves’s Toyota Corolla was the automobile to beat on the Birr Stages Rally earlier than performing properly on Killarney’s Rally of the Lakes. He’ll purpose to spice up his championship credentials on his first go to to Carlow.
As at all times, Jason Black and Karl Egan will likely be able to upset the two.5-litre vehicles of their Class 13 Toyota Starlet. Black is one other Carlow debutant.
Photographs by Roger Dawson and Adam Corridor
2022 Carlow Phases Rally itinerary
SS1 Drumfea 1 (19.10 km) // 10:00
SS2 Ballintemple 1 (17.40 km) // 10:40
SS3 Drumfea 2 (19.10 km) // 12:34
SS4 Ballintemple 2 (17.40 km) // 13:14
SS5 Drumfea 3 (19.10 km) // 15:08
SS6 Ballintemple 3 (17.40 km) // 15:48
2022 Carlow Phases Rally high ten
1 Ryan Loughran – Gareth Doherty (Ford Escort Mk2)
2 Josh Moffett – Keith Moriarty (Hyundai i20 R5)
3 Darren Gass – Noel O’Sullivan (Citroen C3 Rally2)
4 Robert Barrable – Paddy Robinson (Volkswagen Polo R5)
5 Declan Boyle – James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC)
6 Derek McGarrity – Graham Henderson (Polo R5)
7 Tim McNulty – Paul Kiely (Ford Fiesta R5)
8 Peadar Hurson – Damien Connolly (Fiesta WRC)
9 Brendan Cumiskey – TBC (Polo R5)
10 Paul Barrett – Kevin Reilly (Fiesta R5)