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– Junior British Rally Championship contender William Creighton delivered an impressive Cambrian Rally drive to lead the coveted title-race
– The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy ace is in the box seat for the final round of the season, the Ulster Rally
– Moira driver just needs a solid result on his home rally to secure the Junior BRC title.

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver William Creighton will head to his home round of the British Rally Championship as the favourite to scoop the coveted Junior title, after taking victory at last weekend’s Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally [30 October].

Creighton and co-driver Liam Regan took their Creighton’s backed Ford Fiesta Rally4 to an impressive six from seven stage wins to eclipse the opposition and take victory by a staggering four-minute margin.

The Moira driver’s impressive place at the top of the timesheets ensured a fourth victory of the season and has put him firmly in the box seat for the prestigious title as the final round of the series heads to the Modern Tyres Ulster Rally in November, Creighton’s home event. The 23-year-old pilot will simply need to finish in the top seven of the Junior BRC contenders to take the championship.

“We had a great run this weekend and did exactly what we needed to do to take the championship fight to the final round,” said Creighton.

“Although we didn’t have the best of starts to the event, we clawed back the time we lost on stage one and had a really nice rhythm over the remaining stages and just did our own thing. The goal was most certainly to win and keep our title hopes alive, we did just that and I`m extremely excited to be heading to my home rally in such a good place”.

Creighton didn’t have it all his own way when the car stalled twice on the opening stage of the event. Forty seconds were lost to his rivals, and he was languishing down in fifth spot after the first competitive test.

But the fightback began on the very next test, going a whopping 20 seconds faster than anyone else to half the deficit and climb back to third place despite the treacherous conditions that were a feature of the north Wales stages. Legendary forest stages such as Penmachno and Gwydir which were a staple of the World Rally Championship round Wales Rally GB were on offer during the day and would test even the most experienced of BRC crews.

Coupled with Creighton’s Junior World Rally Championship experience and his current impressive form, by the third test he had taken the lead, a place he held until he crossed the finish ramp in Llandudno to take the title fight to the final round in just three weeks.

“We always knew a win in Wales would give ourselves less to do in Ulster so it will be nice to be able to head to my home rally with some of the pressure off really,” he says.

“But we can’t relax too much as we still have a job to do, and the Ulster Rally hasn’t been run in November before so it will certainly be very unpredictable. The focus is certainly there and I`ve been the Junior BRC runner-up twice in my career, I`m not prepared to make that three times the bridesmaid.”

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.

Images credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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