Paul Barrett hopes to compete on rounds of the British Rally Championship next season.

Paul Barrett hopes to compete in rounds of the British Rally Championship next season.

The Kildare man, with strong family links to Ballyduff in North Kerry, made his announcement at the Triton Showers Motorsport Ireland National Rally Championship awards presentation in Athlone on Saturday night.


Barrett, who started last season driving a Ford Fiesta RC2 but switched to a Citroen C3 RC2 later on confirmed at Saturday night’s do in the Sheraton Hotel that he will return to the Irish national championship next year.


“I will do a few selected rounds of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and a few rounds in Britain too,” he added.

Maynooth’s Paul Barrett (Citroen C3). Photo: Martin Walsh.


Saturday’s award bash was the first one since 2019.


Josh Moffett joined several drivers as back-to-back champions but, uniquely, his two titles were separated by two years of pandemic disruption.


The Monaghan man confirmed he will return to the series next year. He will drive the same Hyundai i20 he used this year in the early part of the new year and hinted that a new car may come on stream later in the season.

“I have great relationships with both Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport and we will be talking to them for sure,” he said.


Other special awards on the night included Ruth Anne O’Connor winning the Lady’s Award. Ed O’Callaghan was declared the National Mk2 champion and Tomas O’Rourke won the Mickey Farrell Memorial Award for scoring the largest amount of points in any class during the year.


 

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