Challenging Experience for Breen in Poland
September 16, 2013 by Trevor McGrath
It was a challenging experience for Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen on ERC Rally Poland as the Irish ace got the second half of his European Rally Championship (ERC) campaign underway. Seventh was his reward at the end of two tough days of gravel rallying.
Breen, who had lady co-driver Lara Vanneste calling out the pace notes for the first time, did his best to find his marks but was, delayed shortly after the start by a puncture which cost him 1m3s. Determined to bounce back, he took time to fine-tune his set-up and adapt his driving style before appearing in the top five. The 10th stage proved catastrophic for Craig Breen, the Irishman clouted a rock and picked up another puncture. The Peugeot 207 S2000 driver misfortunes continued with a third puncture on the last stage which relegated him to seventh overall. Importantly, though, Craig reached the finish to gain valuable experience in what were extremely complex conditions.
Craig Breen: “I’m very disappointed because I prepared and trained hard for this event for 10 weeks. We can still take away some positives, though. Our car improved over the weekend and the team did a truly fantastic job. I don’t know how we got the third puncture because I can’t recall having taken any risks. We will take a good look at what happened in Poland in order to make sure we are well prepared for the Rallye Sanremo. I need to understand in order to progress. That said, I am pleased with how well things worked with Lara. It’s never ideal to compete together for the first time in the sort of conditions we encountered in Poland, but she performed tremendously.”