Robert Barrable gave his brand new Ford Fiesta R5 its first ever run at last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, debuting the car in its striking Tunnock's World Rally Team colours.

The 23-year old Irishman's Fiesta R5 is one of the first to be released by M-Sport, and will be maintained and run on events by Carlisle-based rally preparation experts CA1 Sport.

Barrable did several high-speed demonstrations runs in the new car over the twisty and technical two-mile Goodwood Forest Rally Stage and won Friday's Driver of the Day Award.

Barrable will now drive the car at a forthcoming private test session in Estonia, prior to making his FIA World Rally Championship debut in the car on Rally Finland next month

The famous Jyv?skyl?-based event will be Robert's second WRC outing of the season, after he finished second in WRC-2 on Rally Portugal, driving a Tunnock's sponsored Fiesta S2000.

"Goodwood has been the perfect event to debut our new car and preview the Tunnock's World Rally Team ahead of our official team launch in Scotland next week," he said. "The Goodwood Rally Stage is great. It's not massively fast, plus it's quite narrow with no room for error, but we've done enough miles at Goodwood to settle into the car. The Fiesta R5 is very comfortable to drive; it suits my driving style and it's a car I think I will very quickly adapt well to.

"I'm certainly looking forward to the test in Estonia, on fast and flowing roads more akin to what we'll find on Rally Finland. The R5 is totally different to drive than a Super 2000 - the chassis, engine and distribution of power are all very different. It really is lovely to drive."

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