Last year’s Irish International Driver of the Year, Callum Devine has announced a major FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020 with support from his national ASN, Motorsport Ireland.
The 25-year-old will build on his stage and podium-winning performance on last November’s ERC-counting Rally Hungary by contesting all eight rounds of the 2020 season with a focus on the ERC1 Junior title, which will be decided over the first six events.
Powered by a Hyundai i20 R5, Devine and co-driver Brian Hoy, 26, will receive additional support from FYTH, Curran Gate, The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy and Hyundai Customer Racing.
“We can mix it at this level,” said Devine. “Hungary opened our eyes last year, it was a strange kind of event but to set competitive times at that level in a new car, in horrendous conditions made us realise we can mix it at this level.” Devine placed third on the sealed-surface event.
He added: “I’m under no illusions about how tough this year will be, but everything is coming together at the right time to give this a go.
“The realistic aim will be to push on the Tarmac events and keep learning on the gravel events and above all, get finishes.”
Devine continued: “Points win prizes and if last year’s ERC showed us anything, it showed us that. I’m hugely thankful to everyone who’s working so hard to make this happen for us and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead. It will also be nice to continue developing alongside Hyundai, I know Hyundai Customer Racing is putting a big effort into their R5 car and its programmes which is great, hopefully, we can take advantage of that too.”
Devine won the FIA Celtic Trophy in 2019 when he was also a frontrunner in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, scoring one event win and two podium finishes. He has previous experience at world championship level and made three ERC starts in two-wheel-drive machinery, prior to his Rally Hungary outing. When he’s not competing, Devine works in the construction industry.
Callum Devine will feature in the following races throughout 2020: Azores Rallye, March 26-28; Rally Islas Canarias, May 7-9; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), May 29-31; 77th Rally Poland, June 26-28; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), July 24-26; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, August 28-30; Cyprus Rally, October 9-11 and Rally Hungary, November 6-8.
It was also revealed at the Autosport International motorsport show at the NEC in Birmingham that Irish drivers James Wilson and Josh McErlean will drive a Hyundai i20 R5 in domestic and international events throughout 2020.
Callum Devine, James Wilson, and Josh McErlean were unveiled next to a Hyundai i20 R5 at the Autosport International motorsport show at the NEC in Birmingham.