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Barrable ready for Finland debut

31 July 2013

Having successfully completed his pre-event tests in Estonia and Finland, Robert Barrable is now ready to make his Rally Finland debut this week in his brand new Tunnock's World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5.

The 25-year old driver travelled to Tallinn for an initial shakedown test on Saturday, which was the first time he'd driven his CA1 Sport-run Fiesta R5 on fast gravel roads.

Together with his Scottish co-driver Stuart Loudon, Barrable then moved on to Finland to carry out further tests on two roads to the north and to the south of Rally Finland's host city of Jyväskylä on Sunday. It was here that Barrable got his first taste of the famous fast jumps, known as 'yumps', which characterise the event and make it one of the most technically difficult rallies in the FIA World Rally Championship.

On one of the high-speed runs, former Finnish and British Rally champion Tapio Laukkanen sat in the Fiesta R5, giving the Irish driver some expert local advice ahead of his maiden outing in Finland.

“We've had a good pre-Rally Finland test; we wanted to do more mileage, but what we have done we are very happy with,” said Barrable. “The test in Finland was good, because we completed a trouble-free 110kms on two different roads. Tapio Laukkanen came in the car for a spin and he gave me a couple of pointers about corner speeds and how to take the famous Finnish yumps, so that was good advice gratefully received.

“Also in preparation for Rally Finland, I've been watching some on-board videos on YouTube, in particular Mikko Hirvonen on Ouninpohja. You can get a feel for what it's like, as you can hear the revs and see the commitment to speed – it's just phenomenal. It's going to take us a while to get a good feeling for the roads, the nature of the terrain and a true idea of how fast they are.

“It'll be a bit daunting at first, but hopefully we'll have a good feel for the stages by the time we start Ouninpohja,” he concluded.


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