Robert Barrable to link up with Thompson in British GT

Dubliner Robert Barrable, better known for his rallying forays, will compete in this season’s British GT Championship where he will team up Northern Ireland’s Wilson Thompson in a Team HARD-prepared Ginetta G55 GT4.

Robert Barrable to link up with Thompson in British GT

Barrable (29) had a number of outings with the Kent-based team in last year’s VW Racing Cup.

But it was his performance on the Circuit of Ireland that stood out as he battled with eventual winner Craig Breen for almost all of the event only to slide off the road on the closing stages.

A former Ireland FF1600 champion and Formula Ford Festival runner-up Barrable has also competed in the second tier of the World Rally Championship.

Thompson (17) contested last season’s Northern Irish FF1600 series and the previous season he had several outings in the Ginetta Junior Ireland series.

Meanwhile, Barrable hasn’t ruled out competing in this year’s Circuit of Ireland, he also reflected on last year.

“I suppose there is a bit of unfinished business. I shouldn’t have been anywhere near Craig (Breen), but I was until we slid off, but these things happen.

“I’m trying to get a car, I’ve been speaking with Martin Wilkinson of CA1 Sport to see what can happen.”

The Leinster Motor Club has announced the BOSS series will race for this year’s Leinster Trophy, one of the most coveted awards in Irish motorsport.

The race, once won by the late Ayrton Senna, takes place on Sunday September 18.

Organisers of the Ulster Rally (August 19/20) that doubles a round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship and the British Rally Championship has announced that this year’s event will be hosted in Derry and Strabane and will be based at the Ebrington complex.

A number of years ago Derry was the base for the Circuit of Ireland. The Ulster International Rally is also counting rounds of the McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Championship and the newly created FIA Celtic Rally Trophy.

Monaghan’s Sam Moffett will use tomorrow’s Fivemiletown Rally in Tyrone as a shakedown for next week’s BRC opener, the Mid Wales Rally.

Just two weeks ago the former Billy Coleman award winner won the Willie Loughman Forest Rally on his first gravel outing in his new Ford Fiesta R5.

“I think the stages in the Fivemiletown will be more representative of what we will have in Wales. It is all about getting seat time.”

The following week Moffett will compete in the West Cork Rally, the second round of the Tarmac series.

His younger brother Josh is also on the entry list for the ten-stage event. Other entries are Mark Donnelly (Subaru WRC), Niall McCullagh (Mitsubishi), Enda McNulty (Subaru) and Michael Carbin (Mitsubishi).

The top contenders in the two-wheel drive category are Adrian Hetherington (Escort), Shane McGirr (Toyota Starlet) and Vivian Hamill (Ford Escort).

The Cavan Navigation Trial, the penultimate round of the Irish National Navigation Championship. begins from Maudabawn at 9pm tomorrow night.

A new season of the O’Shea Bus Hire Munster Autocross begins with the Mid Cork Quarries/McSweeney Brothers Loose Surface Autocross at Kilnadur Quarry near Dunmanway) on Sunday at 11am.

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CourtsMotorsportPlace: Northern IrelandPlace: KentPlace: Circuit of IrelandPlace: CraigPlace: DerryPlace: StrabanePlace: EbringtonPlace: MonaghanPlace: TyronePlace: FivemiletownPlace: WalesPlace: MaudabawnPlace: Kilnadur QuarryPlace: DunmanwayPerson: Robert BarrablePerson: ThompsonPerson: Wilson ThompsonPerson: BarrablePerson: Craig BreenPerson: Martin WilkinsonPerson: Ayrton SennaPerson: Sam MoffettPerson: Billy ColemanPerson: MoffettPerson: JoshPerson: Mark DonnellyPerson: Niall McCullaghPerson: Enda McNultyPerson: Michael CarbinPerson: Adrian HetheringtonPerson: Shane McGirrPerson: Vivian HamillPerson: McSweeneyEvent: British GT ChampionshipEvent: VW Racing CupEvent: Ireland FF1600Event: Formula Ford FestivalEvent: World Rally ChampionshipEvent: Northern Irish FF1600 seriesEvent: Ginetta Junior IrelandEvent: BOSS seriesEvent: Leinster TrophyEvent: Ulster RallyEvent: Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac ChampionshipEvent: British Rally ChampionshipEvent: Ulster International RallyEvent: McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland ChampionshipEvent: FIA Celtic Rally TrophyEvent: Fivemiletown RallyEvent: BRCEvent: Mid Wales RallyEvent: Willie Loughman Forest RallyEvent: West Cork RallyEvent: Tarmac seriesEvent: Cavan Navigation TrialEvent: Irish National Navigation ChampionshipEvent: O’Shea Bus HireEvent: Munster AutocrossEvent: Loose Surface AutocrossOrganisation: Team HARDOrganisation: CA1 SportOrganisation: Leinster Motor ClubOrganisation: Subaru WRCOrganisation: MitsubishiOrganisation: SubaruOrganisation: EscortOrganisation: Toyota StarletOrganisation: Ford Escort
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