18 Jun Top 5 Finish For Devine
Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year Callum Devine put in a stunning display on the 3 day Donegal International Rally last weekend, taking 5th overall and 3rd place Irish Tarmac Rally Championship points.
24 year old Callum paired up with co-driver Brian Hoy for the event and the pair wasted no time in getting to grips with their Ford Fiesta R5 despite it only being Callum’s second drive in the car and his first time driving it on tarmac. Speaking after the event Callum said; “I was delighted with how we started and I was genuinely surprised to be battling someone of Robert Barrable’s caliber on the opening day. I found it slightly difficult to adapt my pacenotes to the speed of the car, you carry so much corner speed in these type of cars on tarmac that it really helps to have seat time in them to appreciate what they are capable of but we kept adjusting throughout the rally. We made a few small mistakes but got away with them and to set a fastest overall time on Atlantic Drive on the Sunday was a brilliant feeling and highlighted our progress throughout the weekend. To be able to mix times with the likes of Sam and Josh Moffett, Robert Duggan and Robert Barrable was brilliant, I’ll just have to work on my consistency because that’s where the difference is, those guys, especially Sam and Josh, just do not make mistakes.”
The event was a welcome break from Callum’s Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) schedule which is his primary focus this season. Rally Finland, round 4 of the JWRC takes place from the 26th-29th of July and will be Callum’s next rally. As with each JWRC round so far, it’ll be a new experience for Callum who said; “Finland is the fastest rally in the World Championship and will provide a massive challenge for us. Like the weekend I’ve just had, I’ll just try and drive my best, learn and adapt and hopefully we can get to the end. The event is held in such high regard and I’m really looking forward to it and getting back in the Ford Fista R2T.”
The 2018 JWRC is run in association with M-Sport and each competing crew uses identical Ford Fiesta R2T cars. Points are awarded for overall places as well as for each individual stage win. The remaining pair of JWRC rounds will be Finland and Turkey, both gravel events, with Turkey being of particular interest as double points will be on offer. Callum currently lies 8th in the series.
Callum’s season in the JWRC is supported by Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland, the Team Ireland Foundation, Fyth and Premier Car Parts.