Jul 10, 2021
- Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy pilot aims to continue Junior BRC winning streak
- Creighton looks to Rally Estonia for further experience of World Championship eventsMotorsport Ireland Rally Academy ace William Creighton will contest two events on consecutive weekends as he resumes his Junior British and World Rally Championship campaigns.
Creighton and co-driver Liam Regan will head to this weekend’s Nicky Grist Stages in Wales (10 July) to continue their Junior British Rally Championship assault after winning the opening round at Oulton Park, before heading straight to Estonia for the third round of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.
The 23-year-old from Moira in Co. Down has enjoyed a buoyant season so far behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta Rally4, securing impressive performances on the world’s stage as well as the UK. Now, Creighton will embark on a busy schedule of events as he contests two events on consecutive weekends and the progressive youngster is eager to make the most from both opportunities.
“I`m very lucky to be able to contest both events and the calendar has worked out well for my plans this year,” said Creighton.
“I have very different goals for each event, but they compliment each other, meaning the seat time I`ll gain at the Nicky Grist Stages will put me in exactly the right frame of mind for Estonia. The rallies are very different in terms of characteristics and length but both are equally as challenging and getting dialed in a few days before an event as big as Estonia is really important; it’s is a great way to get `match fit`.
Creighton dominated proceedings at the opening round of the Junior BRC in May and currently leads the points standings as the series makes the switch to gravel. The ‘Grist’ offers world-class stages in Wales and Creighton is eager to get up to speed quickly.
“The focus will of course be on being towards the front of the leader board during the day but it’s such a short rally in comparison, it is a sprint style event. The stages are short so it will be a challenge to get into a rhythm but it would be nice to come away from the event still out in front. We are not sure what the next BRC round is that we can contest so we have played our Joker for an additional points opportunity too”.
Creighton will then head straight from the Builth Wells rally base to Estonia for the next counter in the Junior WRC series. After a tricky start to their campaign in Croatia, Portugal offered an insight into his true pace and was lying an impressive second overall on the opening day. However gearbox dramas saw him finish in fifth and the third round of the series in the super-fast and undulating Estonian gravel roads will offer yet another formidable challenge.
“This is probably the toughest event of the season so far,” says Creighton.
“It’s a huge unknown for me and certainly rewards bravery and risk-taking. On our third ever Junior WRC event, it’s not always worth taking those risks. The other guys in the series have experience of the event and know exactly how to approach the stages but we will be managing the pace in our own way and setting goals for ourselves each day. Estonia was an event we highlighted as one to consolidate and just get the experience of for the future; that’s still the plan. By the time we head to Ypres in August we should be much more comfortable to push and show our true potential in the car.”
You can follow William’s progress throughout his Junior World Rally Championship and British Championship campaign this season by following him on his social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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