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Ir­ish­man will be un­der the spot­light this week­end

While most of the eyes on Rally France will be on Kris Meeke’s charge for a third suc­ces­sive vic­tory and his bat­tle at the front with Se­bastien Ogier, there will be just as much pres­sure on Meeke’s Citroen team-mate Craig Breen.

He has al­ready made a break­through with a podium in Fin­land, one of the tough­est events on the cal­en­dar, but now he will be tack­ling his first event on as­phalt in a World Rally Car. It will be a whole new chal­lenge for him, and there are some en­vi­ous eyes look­ing on at his per­for­mance.

Given the ef­fort Citroen has put in to its 2017 chal­lenger, it looks like it is go­ing to be one of the hottest seats in the ser­vice park next sea­son. The scram­ble to be­come Meeke’s team-mate in­volves a num­ber of drivers, and a lot with more ex­pe­ri­ence than the Ir­ish­man.

But, if Breen can hit the ground run­ning in France, he has just as much right to the drive as any­one else. This is prob­a­bly the big­gest rally of his ca­reer to date. Matt James, Ed­i­tor

Martin Don­nelly Tro­phy:

FF1600, Saloon and GTS, Road Sports, Ford Fi­es­tas, For­mula Vee, Stryker Sportscars Starts rac­ing from 1300hrs (qual­i­fy­ing from 0900hrs) Ad­mis­sion adult £15 child free Web kirk­istown.com

James Lo­max was at Don­ing­ton to snap All­com­ers races Vaux­hall Nova gravel ral­ly­ing ac­tion by An­drew Lees

Neil Orm­ston caught In­gram and Cook’s tight BTCC tus­sle Two No­vas on one page... this one is from by Nick Darkin

Will Jones took this fine shot of a three-wheel­ing Es­cort

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