Breen and Martin join Citroen for the first time to recce be­fore Rally Swe­den de­but

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Craig Breen com­pleted his first event with the Abu Dhabi To­tal World Rally Team in Monte Carlo last week – but the Ir­ish­man was an in­ter­ested ob­server rather than com­pet­ing driver.

Breen and co-driver Scott Martin com­pleted the recce in the French Alps and then re­mained with the team for the du­ra­tion to fa­mil­iarise him­self with his new team and sur­round­ings.

He will com­pete in a Citroen DS 3 WRC for the first time at next month’s Rally Swe­den.

“It’s just fan­tas­tic to be part of the whole team,” he said. “The recce, ev­ery­thing was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the fu­ture. It’s been so worth­while to stay on for the rest of the week­end to see how th­ese guys op­er­ate and to know which per­son is do­ing which job, when it comes to Swe­den it should be a fairly smooth tran­si­tion in that re­gard.”

Breen ad­mit­ted work­ing with a world cham­pi­onship-win­ning squad like Citroen was an eye­opener for the for­mer WRC Academy and SWRC ti­tle win­ner.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble,” he said. “Do­ing the recce was so cool, Scott [Martin] and I came out to the car in the morn­ing from the ho­tel and the car had been warmed up, all the frost was gone from the screen – ev­ery­thing was ab­so­lutely ready to give you the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity. All I had to do was deal with the round thing in front of me and tell Scott the notes.

“I was look­ing at the petrol gauge and think­ing: ‘Where shall we pull in and put fuel in her?’ But then I re­mem­bered th­ese guys will do that for us! I can’t wait to get to Swe­den.”

For­mer Monte Carlo Rally win­ner Fran­cois Dele­cour re­turned to the scene of for­mer glo­ries last week, driv­ing a Peu­geot 207 S2000.the reign­ing FIA R-GT cham­pion starred on the event, fin­ish­ing a cred­i­ble 16th over­all de­spite spend­ing two min­utes in a ditch on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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