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Creighton proud to be in Award mix

William Creighton
William Creighton

By Sammy Hamill

Moira student William Creighton has become the second Ulster driver to be shortlisted for Motorsport Ireland's 2019 Billy Coleman Award.

Creighton joins new British Junior champion Josh McErlean in the chase for the accolade of Ireland's Young Rally Driver of the Year and a €100,000 (£90,000) prize package, which is aimed at helping the winner further their career.

A former Ulster kart racing champion, he has been a serial winner since switching to rallying, sealing the Northern Ireland and British J1000 titles while still at RBAI.

More recently, he has consistently been at the sharp end of the leaderboard in the British Junior series.

A final year student in business management in Edinburgh, Creighton is currently second to McErlean in the British Junior series in his Peugeot 208 R2, is leading the ITRC3 category in the Irish Tarmac Championship and has already secured the class two title in the Valvoline Irish National Forest Championship.

He sees the Coleman Award nomination as a major boost as he looks ahead to 2020.

"It's very humbling to be nominated for the chance to win €100,000 towards a 2020 national and international rallying campaign thanks to Motorsport Ireland and the Team Ireland Foundation," he said.

Meanwhile, former Coleman Award winner Craig Breen will be back in the Hyundai team for Britain's round of the World Championship, Wales Rally GB.

Breen, dropped by Citroen at the end of last season, impressed with a strong team contribution when he made his debut for Hyundai in Finland, finishing seventh overall and providing support for their world title contender Thierry Neuville.

The two-time Circuit of Ireland winner from Waterford has kept busy during his year out, capturing the Irish Tarmac title as well as scoring victories in Italy and Belgium.

It has all been aimed at regaining his place in the World Championship and now he gets another chance, joining Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen in the Hyundai line-up for Wales.

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