McErlean gives Peugeot Sport UK/Ireland Junior BRC title
20 Aug 2019
Josh McErlean secured the 2019 Junior British Rally Championship title for Peugeot Sport UK/Ireland at the Ulster Rally, piloting his Peugeot 208 R2 on home soil after securing his third Junior BRC win of the season.
McErlean, with Keaton Williams expertly guiding alongside, clinched the coveted Junior BRC title and with it a further £2,500 from Peugeot UK and TOTAL – adding to his West Cork and Pirelli glory. To round out a perfect year, McErlean will have to contest the final round to help secure Williams his well-deserved JBRC co-drivers title.
“It’s hard to believe right now and think it will take a while to sink in, but I have to thank everyone behind me, sponsors, family, friends who have looked after us this year. It wasn’t an easy rally and on every stage there was a battle. We really pushed hard in that last loop and unfortunately James had a problem, but that’s rallying, we were in that position last year. I can’t put it all into words!”
William Creighton and Liam Regan were full of optimism ahead of their home event and the 2017 JBRC Ulster winners wanted more of the same in 2019. While lying second the Irish pair overshot a junction on stage two and damaged the front end of the car after an impact with a bank. Getting the car back to service the team repaired the car and Creighton and Regan went back out under Rally2 and secured sixth overall – keeping them in with a shout of second in the standings heading to the Hills of Galloway.