Sep 23, 2021
Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver William Creighton will head to this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire [24-25 September] with the aim of revitalising his Junior British Rally Championship title hopes.
After winning the opening round of the season at Oulton Park in May, the Moira driver has endured mixed fortunes in the hotly contested series in which he has twice been runner-up.
A non-finish on round two in Wales and having been forced to skip the third encounter in Scotland due to his Junior World Rally Championship commitments, means the Ford Fiesta Rally4 ace will need to secure a maximum haul of points if he is to remain in the fight for the coveted title.
“I don’t think there is any denying that Rally Yorkshire will be a pivotal event in our Junior British Rally Championship campaign,” says Creighton.
“We always knew that it would be a tough ask to contest both the World and British Junior championships this year and of course our focus has primarily been on the JWRC. But the BRC does mean a lot and the competition there is just as fierce, so winning a round is certainly not an easy task. With our two zero scores already this year, we need to make the most of the remaining rounds, starting with this weekend”.
Creighton and co-driver Liam Regan have been dovetailing the two Junior programmes in 2021 and has seen his experiences in the World Rally Championship net him success on the world tour.
His season has been blighted by technical issues, but despite this, Creighton has scooped fifth and sixth spots over the four events of the season. Ypres Rally Belgium would show Creighton’s pure pace, taking seven fastest stage times and stamping his mark at the top of timesheets during each leg of the rally.
But now his focus is on the iconic Yorkshire Forest stages which he will head to for the very first time and is looking forward to returning to the series on the world-renowned stages.
“I`ve never been to the Yorkshire forests before and I`d say most of the Junior’s haven’t either as the last time it was in the BRC was 2013. They look very fast indeed and when you add in the eleven competitive miles in the dark on Friday night, it looks like it’s going to be a real challenge. I don’t think my approach will change at all and whilst I know it’s important to get a good result, I`m not going to put any additional pressure on myself.”
Creighton has a busy schedule of events planned across Europe over the coming months, with the fifth round of the Junior BRC taking place just two weeks later on the island of Mull in Scotland. Creighton will then have to travel straight to Spain for the final round of the Junior World Rally Championship, before tackling the penultimate British Championship points counter in Wales.
“It’s crazily busy but that’s a really nice problem to have” remarks Creighton.
“We have been working hard to bring it all together and technically we have very different goals in each championship so of course there is a huge value in making both happen this year. It’s a very exciting prospect but I`m taking one event at a time at the moment, a win in Yorkshire is certainly my first goal and then we will take it from there”.
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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