Third season with experienced Martin will boost Breen
Craig Breen’s step up to a factory World Rally Championship seat will be made easier by the presence of top British co-driver Scott Martin alongside him for a third season.
Cumbrian Scott, 34, has started 92 WRC rounds and spent five years in factory teams – four of those with Matthew Wilson at M-sport and one with Khalid Al-qassimi at Citroen.
It’s that experience of the French team in particular that will help Breen.
“One of the best things Craig and I did was stay with the team in Monte Carlo after we’d finished the recce,” Martin told MN. “Craig really got a good insight into what it’s like to work with a team at the top of the sport.
“Take the weather as an example. Craig and I would have spent the whole week looking at the weather forecasting websites, trying to figure out what it was going to do. All of that’s done for you here. Video cameras for the recce, that’s another example – Craig could leave his at home; they’ll all be set up in the recce car and ready to go. The difference is amazing.
“What this does for the driver, and this is what we’ve been talking about, is give you a lot more time to focus on what’s really important: driving. Taking away so much of the peripheral stuff will allow Craig to think solely about driving that rally car. From the minute he landed in Sweden, everything was taken care of. I’d say he’s adjusted really well.”