Breen back after Summer Break – ERC Rally Poland Event Preview
September 6, 2013 by Trevor McGrath
After a two month mid-season break Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen makes his return to the European Rally Championship next week as the ERC travels to Poland for round nine of the year.
Breen at the wheel of a Peugeot 207 S2000 has had a strong opening half to the campaign and currently holds second place in the championship standings.
For the Polish event Belgium co driver Lara Vanneste will deputise for Craig’s regular co driver Paul Nagle, as Paul has linked up with Andreas Mikkelsen in the WRC.
Celebrating 70 years in 2013, ERC Rally Poland spectacular gravel event is not only a familiar fixture on the European Championship schedule it is also one of the oldest rallies in the world. This year’s anniversary edition, the final loose-surface round of the season, is set to be a big hit with fans with four stages shown live on Eurosport.
Running through Poland’s stunning Masurian Lake District, the event headquarters, service park and superspecial are housed in one part of host town Mikołajki. The two day rally begins on Saturday 14th and includes the opening seven special stages. The event then concludes on Sunday 15th with the remaining six stages.
For the 2nd time this year after Açores, the Peugeot Rally Academy squad is full! Craig and Jérémi Ancian driving Peugeot 207 S2000’s and Stéphane Lefebvre in a 208R2
Craig’s comments as he looks ahead to the event;
“It has been a very busy schedule this year to date but over the past few weeks I’ve had the biggest mid-season break of my career. I know that this year is a learning season in both terms of new events for me and my test programme with the new 208T16. From the outset back in February I knew I would have this time off but when you’re programmed to compete it’s hard not to be involved. Sitting at home following Rally Romania and Zlin was tough. I’m currently in the middle of my prep work for Poland and I can’t wait to be back in the thick of the action.”
“As well as Rally Poland being a new event for me, I’ll also have a new co driver for the event. Paul (Nagle) is on WRC duty in Australia so Lara will partner me in the ERC. Lara has both ERC and WRC knowledge having co driven for Kevin Abbring, Freddy Loix and Bryan Bouffier in the past and I’m looking forward to working with her in Poland.”