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Teenager Creighton completes classy junior hat-trick

William Creighton proved himself a triple threat over the weekend when he scooped the 2014 UK Junior 1000 Championship with an emphatic win at Blyton in Lincolnshire.

The achievement marks the 16-year-old Belfast lad's third success of the season, following on from his championship win in the Irish Junior 1000 Challenge and being the recipient of the UK Young Rally Driver of the Year award at the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards in Cologne.

Creighton made his rally debut last year in the Irish Junior 1000 Challenge, finishing third overall. He has now taken the ultimate accolade in that championship, while simultaneously taking on his debut season in the UK championship, winning outright as a rookie alongside co-driver Neil Colman.

The UK Junior 1000 10-stage finale in Blyton on Saturday took place on a damp, slippery surface after rainfall. Creighton led the event from start to finish and, although his margin reduced in the two final stages, he won the event by eight seconds after a mature but strong drive, sealing the championship.

Creighton said: "I'm very, very happy and I'm definitely enjoying the feeling of being current champion of two championships!

"The final event wasn't easy and my priority had to be the championship so I had to make sure I didn't take any unnecessary risks. I have to say thanks to everyone that helped and my co-drivers in the UK and Ireland, Neil Colman and Liam Regan. What a year!"

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