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Josh McErlean

Josh McErlean

Josh McErlean

Josh McErlean is set to follow the example of Craig Breen and Callum Devine, who have already signalled their intentions to return to rally action by heading to Italy in the coming weeks.

With little prospect of rallies in the UK or Republic of Ireland any time soon, the highly-rated Irish trio have found an alternative route back via Europe.

Breen and Devine will kick off their delayed European Championship campaigns at the Rally di Roma Capitale on July 24-26 and then move on to the Rally di Alba a week later when Billy Coleman Award winner McErlean will join them.

The 20-year-old British Junior champion from Kilrea had plans to contest this year's BRC series at the top level in an R5 Hyundai i20 before the coronavirus brought motorsport to a halt.

McErlean has been to Italy before, impressing in the Monza Show Rally towards the end of last year, but admits Alba is a very different prospect.

"The Monza Rally was based in and around the race circuit, but Alba is on mountain roads and I have limited asphalt experience of the Hyundai, so I really need to be realistic about my expectations as a result," he said.

Belfast Telegraph