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Devine and Creighton will head to Rally di Roma Capitale as ERC resumes

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy Drivers Callum Devine (L) and William Creighton (R) will compete in the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship from 24-26 July

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy Drivers Callum Devine and William Creighton will head to Italy at the end of this month as the pair will tackle the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship. 

The 2020 European Rally Championship (ERC) was always the aim for Devine, who is also part of the Hyundai Motorsport Junior Driver program. The current Motorsport Ireland International Driver of the Year has built up a good working relationship with the Korean manufacturer since taking a podium finish on his R5 debut on Rally Hungary last year and is looking forward to getting his 2020 campaign underway. “I’m really looking forward to getting my season up and running,” said Devine. “I’ve been really encouraged by all the development work Hyundai have been putting the i20 R5 recently and hopefully I can feed into that process. Italy will be a new challenge for me but one I’m determined to enjoy and we have already shown we can be competitive at this level.” Devine and co-driver Brian Hoy will compete in the ERC1 Junior championship for R5 cars which offers with it, a €100,000 prize fund.

William Creighton has originally planned to compete in the British Rally Championship this season but with that series now cancelled, the European Rally Championship soon became an attractive option. Creighton will compete in the ERC3 Junior Championship in a Ford Fiesta R2T with Liam Regan as his co-driver. “Rome is an opportunity and an adventure,” said Creighton. “I suppose being from Ireland means driving well on Tarmac is no problem, but Rome will be quite different I’m sure to what we have over here. We’ve only done a little bit of mileage in the Fiesta on Tarmac so it will take a bit of time to get bedded in. This is definitely going to be a new experience for us.”

Rally di Roma Capitale will take place on July 24-26 and will be the first round of a revamped ERC calendar which will also see rounds take place in Latvia, the Azores, Cypris, Hungary and the Canaries.

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