GROUP RAL­LY­ING EDITOR “Po­ten­tial control tyre talk is a joke”

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Craig Breen says he’s de­ter­mined to take the next step in pace when he re­turns to a DS 3 WRC at Rally Fin­land later this month.

The Ir­ish­man’s third out­ing with the Abu Dhabi To­tal World Rally Team was con­firmed just hours af­ter fin­ish­ing an un­trou­bled sev­enth over­all at last week’s Rally Poland. Kris Meeke will also re­turn to the DS 3 WRC for the Jy­vaskyla-based event.

De­spite never hav­ing com­peted in the DS 3 on gravel, Breen and co-driver Scott Martin were never out of the top 10 times on the longer stages and ended the rally five places higher than his team-mate Stephane Le­feb­vre. The French­man dam­aged the left-rear wheel of his car on the fi­nal day – he had been just ahead of Breen at the time.

Breen told MN: “The rally has gone ex­actly as I planned. I made no mis­takes, it was per­fect – maybe my ex­pec­ta­tions were a lit­tle bit ahead, but for my first time in the car on this sur­face I’m very happy.

“The aim for me now is to start at the pace I left off here. Even though there was quite a gap be­tween my last rally [in a DS 3 WRC] and Poland, I man­aged to start at the speed I fin­ished

Breen put on strong show­ing in Poland

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