CRAIG BREEN

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Citroen Rac­ing fac­tory driver Craig Breen will start Dayin­sure Wales Rally GB in a World Rally Car for the first time this week. It’s an event full of mem­o­ries for him.

Could we call this your home rally? CB: “It’s as close as I’m go­ing to get to a home rally and it al­ways feels like my home event. Given that I’m liv­ing close to Wex­ford and close to the ferry, it’s prob­a­bly closer for me to get to Wales than it is for me to go to the Cir­cuit of Ire­land. So yes, we can!”

Is this an event you en­joy? CB: “Def­i­nitely. It’s a rally that’s treated me quite well in the past. I’ve had some great mem­o­ries from this event over the years. Ob­vi­ously, this one was the home event for Gareth [Roberts, co-driver who died in 2012], so there was al­ways a lot of sup­port for him out on the stages.”

You’ve en­joyed suc­cess on this rally… CB: “I don’t think I’ll ever for­get that WRC Academy ti­tle in 2011 when Gareth and I had to win the fi­nal stage to be cham­pion. And then I came back the fol­low­ing year and won SWRC, which was re­ally emo­tional.” We saw a third from you in Fin­land.what’s pos­si­ble for you this week? CB: “So much de­pends on the road po­si­tion and, more im­por­tantly the weather – that can make a big dif­fer­ence. I’m not go­ing to say if it rains, it will rain, it’s more about how hard! If it’s just a bit wet, the road can get quite pol­ished and it’ll be quite dif­fi­cult.”

With the deal for next year in the bag, you can re­lax a bit… CB: “This rally is about learn­ing and about get­ting as many miles un­der my belt as I can.”

Look­ing for­ward to it? CB: “I can’t wait. I can’t wait! I love these stages and the chance to drive them in that WR Car is just out of this world.”

Breen: Fin­land podium Do you ex­pect many fans com­ing over from Ire­land?

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