Thanks to a deep-rooted family heritage in motorsport, I first took to the wheel of a rally car from the tender age of 11. I contested my first Junior event in 2015 at the age of 15 and went on to become Irish J1000 Champion later that year.

My proudest achievement to date was winning the coveted Billy Coleman Award in 2019 and subsequently becoming a member of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy.

Through the support of Motorsport Ireland and the MI Rally Academy, my career has been propelled from a National level of Rallying to competing on the International stage. This is something I could only have dreamed about before winning the ‘Young Irish Rally Driver of the Year’ award.

The support of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy has allowed me to develop my knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the sport while creating contacts and building relationships within the world of motorsport. The academy gives competitors like me the full package of resources and supports to compete at the highest level.

Motorsport Ireland provides a clear pathway of progression for young enthusiasts aspiring to compete in Rallying, beginning with a J1000 car right up to the R5 machine. Now is a young person's chance to get out there and compete!

Josh McErlean
Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year 2019