In what is shaping up to be a hotly anticipated Championship, 23-year-old William Creighton has thrown his name into the ring for the 2021 FIA Junior World Rally Championship. From Moira in Co. Down, Creighton will be mixing it up in one of the most tightly contested Championships in International Rallying. Every competitor will have the bit between their teeth as they battle it out to claim the contests Championship Winning Prize of a brand new M-Sport Fiesta Rally 2, 200 free tyres from Pirelli and registration into the WRC3 category in 2022, the perfect next step to Rallying Success.
Creighton will be joined by his regular co-driver Liam Regan, and the pair will compete in the five-round series behind the wheel of an M-Sport Fiesta Rally 4. he won’t be the only one though, as every crew will be using identical machinery. Making Creighton’s task of competing at the top of the Championship that little bit harder in what will undoubtedly be a tight competition.
A Billy Coleman Award Nominee and member of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, Creighton will receive backing from Creightons and the PRM Group during his assault on the Junior World Rally Championship. His mission will see him contest every single one of the five rounds scheduled, starting with Rally Croatia at the end of April.
Creighton’s career thus far has not seen him venture beyond the British Isle’s all too often. In 2012 he was crowned the Ulster Kart Champion and he is a two-time runner-up in the Junior British Rally Championship. A winning start to his 2020 campaign was put on hold due to the Pandemic, so this year looks to be an exciting opportunity for the young driver.
That certainly seems to be the way Creighton sees it, as he has had this to say:
“The Junior World rally Championship is the pinnacle of the sport for aspiring young drivers who want to progress and to have the chance to prove myself in such an iconic championship is pretty overwhelming to be honest. But if ever there was a time to grab an opportunity with both hands, this is it. It doesn’t get much better than this”.
After Rally Croatia at the end of April, the series will visit Portugal, Estonia, Belgium and Spain. Luckily for Creighton, he warmed up for this incoming challenge with six class stage wins on his way to second place in the RC4 Category at the Kowax Valašská Rally ValMez in the Czech Republic. He’ll be hoping it pays dividends as he has a deeply talented field of competitors to contend with over the coming months.
To see just who it is Creighton will be facing, check out Nick Turner’s coverage of all of the Junior WRC competitors right here at The Checkered Flag!