Barrable to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a high-speed run on the West Cork Rally
March 10, 2014 by Paul Evans
Robert Barrable will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year by contesting the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally (March 15-16) in his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 – in a homeland high-speed Tarmac test run ahead of the Circuit of Ireland Rally (April 17-19).
The 26-year old Dublin driver won the West Cork Rally at his first attempt in 2011, driving a ŠKODA Fabia S2000. With his father Michael also having won the Cork Motor Club organised event in 2007 in a Ford Fiesta WRC, they are the only father and son pairing to have each won the famous Clonakilty-based event.
With his regular co-driver Stuart Loudon unable to contest the West Cork Rally, Damien Connolly, who partnered Robert to his 2011 victory, will make a one-off return appearance next to Robert – with the additional task of co-ordinating the distribution of Tunnock’s Tea Cakes and Caramel Wafers! Stuart will be back on the pace notes in the CA1 Sport-prepared Fiesta R5 for the Circuit of Ireland.
West Cork will be Robert’s second rally of 2014, having finished 3rd in WRC-2 on the opening round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo, in January.
Robert: “West Cork is my all-time favourite rally. I love the stages, I love the atmosphere and the only time I’ve done the rally myself I won it. That was a very special moment, because I was very proud to be following in my father’s footsteps. There aren’t many rallies in the world where a father and son have both won, and it’s very special to have achieved that in Ireland.”
The 36th running of the West Cork Rally uses the classic stages such as Ring, Glandore and Ardfield, with some being run in a format that hasn’t been used for many years. Seven stages will run on Saturday (March 15) and six on the Sunday, with the first car due on the finish ramp at 15.30 on March 16.