Barrable adds extra spice to battle for Tarmac rally title
Robert Barrable is one of Ireland's most talented and versatile drivers, equally at home on a race track as the rally stage. A Formula Ford winner and member of the GT4 winning Ginetta team in the British GT championship last season, Barrable has also rallied extensively at the highest level, the WRC2 World championship.
His appearance on the Galway International Rally this weekend, when he will drive a Ford Fiesta R5 run by the CA1 Sport team, has added an extra dimension to the opening round of the Irish Tarmac championship. It has also raised questions over whether he will commit to the series or go back to the race track.
The Dublin motor trader says he doesn't know the answer, confirming only that he will be in Galway and also round two, the West Cork Rally, next month.
"Since the Tarmac series has gone R5 the competition seems good and that is why I have returned. But for now only Galway and West Cork are definite," he explained.
It was Barrable who battled stage by stage with Craig Breen on the 2015 Circuit of Ireland, the two of them swapping the lead numerous times over the two days. But three stages from the end he was caught out by loose gravel, crashing the Fiesta and leaving the door open for Breen to take the victory.
However, it is a measure of Barrable's ability that he could trade times with Breen who this weekend is preparing to tackle Rally Sweden as a fully-fledged member of the Abu Dhabi Citroen team in the WRC series.
Barrable joins an R5 Galway line-up which, although it is missing current Tarmac champion Keith Cronin, includes the main title contenders in Alastair Fisher, the Moffetts, Sam and Josh, Jonny Greer and Joe McGonigle.