Devine and Wil­liams step up to JWRC

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Bri­tain and Ire­land will be rep­re­sented in a 15-strong Ju­nior World Rally Cham­pi­onship field with Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally cham­pion Cal­lum Devine and Tom Wil­liams start­ing the series.

Crews from 12 dif­fer­ent coun­tries from as far afield as Chile and New Zealand will start the open­ing round at Rally Swe­den next month, be­fore head­ing to the Tour of Cor­sica, Rally Por­tu­gal, Rally Fin­land and Rally Turkey.

Devine, who used a Ford Fi­esta R2T for two events on the way to Bri­tish cham­pi­onship suc­cess last year, has never driven on snow be­fore hav­ing done most of his com­pe­ti­tion on as­phalt events.

“We’re used to not hav­ing test­ing, like we did with the R5 in GB last year,” said Devine. “Those guys [in the JWRC] are all quick, and all test­ing on snow at the mo­ment. If we can fin­ish close to the top three on each round, and show our pace where we can, we’ll be happy with that.”

Wil­liams was a class win­ner in the Cadet divi­sion in the BRC last year for older R2-spec­i­fi­ca­tion cars.

“Ev­ery sea­son we’ve made a big step in terms of the cham­pi­onship we’re do­ing,” said Wil­liams, “we want to learn and progress and driv­ing in the same cham­pi­onship as guys like Emil [Bergkvist] can only be a good thing.”

Swede Bergkvist will step back from WRC2 to JWRC in the hunt for the new Ford Fi­esta R5, which will be awarded by M-sport at the end of the five-round series.

The 15th driver Um­berto Ac­cornero starts at round two in Cor­sica.

Devine (right) and Mo­ri­arty will lead Ire­land’s at­tack on Ju­nior WRC field

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