The Zagreb-based event hosts the opening round of the WRC’s hotly-contested feeder series and a total of eight drivers have entered in identical M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally4 cars.
Twenty-three-year-old Creighton is the only pilot not to have started a Junior WRC round before and will use his maiden outing to gain experience of the gruelling itineraries seen on WRC events.
“As much as I wish I could say I’m going to come out of the first stage and be up there, I don’t think that’s realistic,” smiled the Irishman.
“The main thing for Croatia will be to go as fast as I can whilst still getting to the end of the rally to gain experience for future events. There’s no point going there and not getting to the end of the rally.
“The pace is going to be crazy and you need to have the stamina to stay at the right pace for the full three days. It’s all about just doing what I can do, trying to improve and not trying to take huge steps all at once,” he added.
Prior to joining the series, Creighton steered a Peugeot 208 R2 to various successes on both Junior British Rally Championship events and local rallies in Ireland.
Support from the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy and other backers has enabled him to step up to the Junior WRC, which has seen talents including Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans pass through its ranks.
“Motorsport Ireland have been a great support not just for me, but the whole academy back home,” explained Creighton.
“They’re supporting me the extra mile with my FIA Junior WRC programme and making sure I have everything I need to fight fit. It’s really nice to be representing them and knowing I’ve got the support from them and the team back home.”
- Full coverage from the Croatia Rally will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.