Breen tests new Citroen chal­lenger ahead of Cir­cuit of Ire­land de­fence

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Reign­ing Cir­cuit of Ire­land win­ner Craig Breen tested his Dgm-pre­pared Citroen DS 3 R5 for the first time last week­end.

The Water­ford driver will at­tempt to de­fend the Cir­cuit win for the first time with co-driver Scott Martin, a feat not achieved since Derek Mc­gar­rity in 2010-11. Breen used a Peu­geot 208 T16 R5 on last year’s rally.

“We did a lot of devel­op­ment work for the car but that was the first time in it on wet Tar­mac,” ex­plained Breen. “A lot of the com­po­nents are the same, it’s al­most iden­ti­cal to the Peu­geot and we had a lot of data from last year, so I’m happy with how it [the test] went.

“It will be tougher this year [to win] as there are a lot of quick driv­ers, plus the stages will be tougher. There’s one day that is rel­a­tively new to ev­ery­one.

“It’s go­ing to be a hell of a rally that’s for sure.”

Breen tested last Sun­day

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