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Leading FIA WRC 2 driver Robert Barrable is trying to secure the funding needed to contest the Circuit of Ireland Rally from 17-19 April.

The promising 26-year-old from Dublin will tackle the world championship-counting Rally of Portugal from 3-6 April. Providing he can raise the necessary budget, Barrable and co-driver Stuart Loudon will contest round four of the FIA European Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta R5.

“I really want to do the rally,” said Barrable, who finished eighth overall when the Circuit of Ireland Rally was last run in 2012. “The European championship is a superb series and it has great TV coverage, which also gives the private driver plenty of promotion, as well as the professionals. As for the Circuit, it’s always a well-organised rally, a famous rally, and a challenging one. I am just waiting to hear back from our main sponsor, Tunnock’s and hopefully we will be there.”