19 Aug Callum Completes International Podium Hat-Trick
Derry’s Callum Devine secured his third consecutive international podium finish last weekend on the Today’s Ulster Rally, round 6 of the 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. However, it was far from a straightforward event with the 25 year old having to overcome a misjudged tyre choice, a brush with a rock and fuel pressure issues on his way to third overall. The result still leaves Callum and co-driver Brian Hoy in third place in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship standings behind newly crowned champion Craig Breen and Alastair Fisher in second, but with dropped scores taken into account, Callum is just 3 points off Fisher with the final round in Cork remaining.
Reflecting on a trying weekend, Devine said; “We have to be happy with another third place although we know ourselves, it could have been better. I had a poor opening loop by my own standards; the car set up just didn’t suit the conditions. I ran wide on a left hander on stage 2 and clipped a rock leading me to think I had a puncture which knocked the confidence a little. Then when we made a set up change in service, I chose too soft a tyre for the middle loop where we also encountered fuel pressure issues. By the time everything was sorted for the final 3 stages we set some really solid times but we were definitely helped with Tom Cave and Alastair hitting bother. To have had such a frustrating event and still take third is good though, and we didn’t let our heads drop when things weren’t going right. Given the pace Craig and Matt (Edwards) were on, maybe third was the best could have got anyways so I’m happy with what we achieved this weekend.”
The rally saw Craig Breen secure the coveted Irish Tarmac Rally Championship crown with his fifth win of the season giving him an unassailable advantage and Callum was quick to praise Breen on his success and what his appearances have done for the championship. “Craig drove faultlessly all year and it was great to have him in the championship. Having a top level driver competing in these events is a great benchmark and it raises the pace of everyone competing at the sharp end of things. To be able to swap seconds with a driver like that is great and I’ll try to keep building on it.” Indeed Callum plans to keep building his pace by seeing out the championship by competing in the final round, the Cork 20 International Rally. “I’d like to finish out the championship, especially as I think we’re now leading the FIA Celtic Trophy after Ulster. Cork is a rally I’ve always enjoyed and I have good results there in the past including a junior win and securing the R2 title a few years ago.”
Callum’s 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship assault is support by Curran Gate, FYTH, TST Transport and Pirelli. To keep up to date with Callum until his next outing, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.