William Creighton has announced he will take part in the 2021 Junior British Rally Championship as he seeks to better his previous two runners up finishes in the championship in 2017 and 2019.
Having won the opening round of the 2020 season on the Cambrian Rally shortly before the global pandemic struck, Creighton is planning to tackle the season in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally4, dovetailing his season with his entry in the Junior World Rally Championship to gain invaluable seat time.
After finishing in fifth place on his JWRC debut in Croatia, the Motorsport Ireland Academy Driver will be competing against an impressive entry of over ten junior drivers with regular co-driver Liam Regan.
Creighton said: “We have come painfully close to the Junior Championship title both times now and its fantastic to get another shot. We had a lot of thinking time available to us during the off-season and of course, being able to launch a campaign in the Junior World Rally Championship is a real honour. But we also realise that coming back to the BRC in 2021 will help my career progression in more ways than one.”
Creighton was delighted with his points scoring debut in the JWRC, making him look at what other options he had for 2021. He said, “I was really happy with the finish in Croatia and of course points on the board are really important, but I`m also well aware there is work to be done and the BRC calendar fits right in as far as getting match fit is concerned,”
“We all know seat-time is invaluable so it will be a really important facet to my WRC season to get that in the Fiesta, but you know I need to get this BRC monkey off my back don’t I? Two-time runner up really doesn’t sound as good as it could, and I genuinely want to be a BRC title holder,”
“Looking at the entries this year, it’s going to be ultra-competitive and that’s perfect for me. I want to be pushed and having events that are pretty much new to most of us ensures a pretty level playing field. It can only help to up my game and hopefully make me stronger when we head to the next WRC round. It’s going to be a busy season but I`m relishing the challenge.”
The first round of the Junior British Rally Championship takes place at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on 31 May 2021.