THE MAKING OF THE WRC’S NEWEST STAR
Craig Breen first shot to prominence with victory in the wrc Academy in 2011 when the Irishman drove a stunning finale on Rally GB to overturn a 20-point deficit to snatch the crown with bonus points earned with 14 stage victories on the 18 tests. He took the title on a countback of stage wins.
Driving a Ford Fiesta S2000, Breen took four wins – including three on the bounce at the end of the year – to claim the championship victory in the S2000 world Rally Championship division. He took the victory by nine points ahead of Per-gunnar Anderson to snatch his second title in two seasons.
In his third season at European Rally Championship level (after two years in its Intercontinental Rally Challenge guise) Breen took second place in the series in the Peugeot Rally Academy-entered Peugeot 208 T16 R5. Perhaps his most significant victory of the season was his triumph on the Circuit of Ireland Rally, which he managed to repeat in 2016.
Selected for a number of outings with the Abu Dhabi Total world Rally Team, sharing his drive with French up-and-comer Stephane Lefebvre, Breen has finished in the points on each occasion he has driven the Citroen DS3 WRC. His highlight of the season so far came in Finland when he joined winner Kris Meeke on the podium.