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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.

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