Citroen man Breen and Lefebvre head to head for the first time

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Ir­ish­man Craig Breen and his Abu Dhabi To­tal World Rally team-mate Stephane Lefebvre will go head-to-head for the first time at this week’s Rally Poland.

Kris Meeke is not com­pet­ing in Poland, leav­ing the duo to drive the semi-works DS 3 WRCS – and they both know a solid re­sult would help in their pur­suit of a full-time Citroen seat next year.

Breen, who made a point- scor­ing DS 3 WRC de­but in Swe­den ear­lier this year, said: “I don’t think this was ever planned as a show­down. Kris is busy test­ing the new car and this wasn’t one of the ral­lies Sheikh Khalid [Al Qas­simi] was go­ing to do.

“Even though it’s just cir­cum­stance, there is go­ing to be a spot­light on Stephane and me. Only Kris is signed up for next year, there is go­ing to be a seat there and every­body’s go­ing to be watch­ing to see how we get on. Do I take pres­sure from this? No, I’ve got to per­form.”

Poland will be Breen’s first WRC gravel rally in a World Rally Car for al­most two years.

“Maybe Stephane has done a good few more kilo­me­tres than me on gravel,” he said. “I did Swe­den and maybe I was a vic­tim of my own suc­cess [fin­ish­ing eighth], where the con­di­tions suited me. It was an en­vi­ron­ment where I could learn and learn quickly in the car, but Poland is so, so fast and you need so much con­fi­dence in the car straight away. I’m not go­ing to use this as an ex­cuse. I have to grab this with both hands and get the most out of it that I can. I’ve waited a lot of years for this op­por­tu­nity and I in­tend to take it.”

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