Third sea­son with ex­pe­ri­enced Martin will boost Breen

Motor Sport News - - Rally Sweden -

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.”

Martin will co-drive Breen in Swe­den

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