The Lakeland Stages Rally proved to be another great event with Josh Moffett securing a dominant win while there were some top class efforts from local drivers.

Gerry Cavanagh Clerk of the Course for this year’s Trailer Parts and Lakeland Stages Rally paid tribute to everyone who has helped out at the Rally.

“The officials, marshals and crews here today have all contributed to one of the best forestry rallies Ireland has seen in a few years.”

Gerry went on to say: “The feedback from crews has been excellent, everyone said the stages were a real challenge and are the best we have raced on this year.”

Gerry also would like to thank the Forestry Commission for all their help and assistance.

Moffett had finished second last year but made no mistake this time as he showed his gravel prowess by opening a 27sec lead over the opening loop of three stages. By the end of the six stages the Monaghan pair, in their Ford Fiesta R5, had been fastest on all six stages and had extended their lead to 31secs.

In second overall were Jonny Greer and Kirsty Riddick in their Citroen DS3 R5, they gained maximum points in the McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Championship.

Taking third overall were the winners for the past two years Sam Moffett and James Fulton.

Sam also on a Fiesta R5 took second place points in the Vavoline Irish Forestry Championship behind his brother Josh.

This point’s haul has given Sam an excellent chance of collecting the title on the Omagh based Bushwacker Rally in three weeks time; it is the final round of the Championship.

The Moffett brothers are Monaghan men but they completed their education in Portora Royal School so the Lakeland Rally is almost regarded as the brother’s local event, they have dominated the results over the last few years.

Other Fermanagh based crews were not so fortunate; Jon Armstrong and Shane McGirr had to withdraw before the event as they both had mechanical issues to contend with. Connor Woods and Chris Corry were top local finishers in their Mitsubishi Evo 9.

Father and son duo Raymond and Marc Johnston took victory in the historic class as well as finishing in the top 30. Planning for next year’s Rally will start as soon as the dust has settled on this year’s event.