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William Creighton (16) named UK Young Rally Driver of the Year.

By Sammy Hamill

William Creighton, the 16-year-old Irish Junior 1000 Challenge champion, has been named UK Young Rally Driver of the Year. Creighton, who was presented with his award at the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards in Cologne, won the Irish title with a round to spare and this weekend bids to complete the double in the UK Junior 1000 series.

A junior karting champion, Creighton moved to rallying in 2013, finishing third in the Irish championship before dominating this year's series with an unbeaten run through the first five rounds in his little C1 Citroen.

He has also won four rounds of the UK series and is third in the standings ahead of Saturday's Neil Howard Memorial Stages Rally at Blyton Park, Lincolnshire.

The RBAI student from Moira is on 155 points, six behind Charlie Barlow and four adrift of Will Butler but with four wins to his credit, plus a second place, he is in prime position in the best six-out-of-eight scoring format.

"It has been an amazing year so far and a real adventure competing in two championships," said Creighton.

"I have enjoyed every minute of it and hopefully can finish the job at Blyton.

"Getting the award in Cologne was a great moment.

"Having only been competing for less than two seasons it is great to see my results being recognised internationally."

One of the judges, former British champion Mark Higgins, said: "Creighton is one of the top drivers this year and has pushed himself and the car to the limit. Overall, an impressive performance."

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