Double delight for Kilrea teen

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Double delight for Kilrea teen thumbnailJosh McErlean pictured with his title winning Peugeot 107. The car is already up for sale as the teenager looks ahead to 2017.

KILREA driver Josh McErlean became a double champion at the weekend when he clinched the Junior 1000 Rally Championship title courtesy of a win on the Glyn Memorial Rally in Wales. McErlean did all that was asked of him as he led both legs of the two-day competition at Anglesey Circuit in his Peugeot 107 to record his sixth perfect score of the 2016 season.
The 17-year-old successfully defended his Irish Junior title in September and quickly set his sights on adding the British crown with help from team-mate Tommy McErlean.
Although the points' table suggest it was a walk in the park McErlean insists it was anything but.
“At nearly every rally we had a real battle on our hands," he told Chronicle Sport.
“We faced some strong challengers this season but thankfully we have managed to come out on top. I'm delighted we were able to win both titles and end my career as a 'junior' driver with a win - my sixteenth in the category since I started competing back in 2014. That makes it all the sweeter.
“It is such a brilliant feeling. I still can't believe if I'm honest."


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