BREEN FI­NALLY GETS AN MG METRO 6R4 AND PLANS TO COM­PETE

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

Citroen World Rally Cham­pi­onship driver Craig Breen is aim­ing to rally a MG Metro 6R4 af­ter his fam­ily ended a long quest to pur­chase an ex­am­ple of the Group B ma­chine.

Breen grew up watch­ing 6R4s as his dad Ray – who has re­turned to com­pe­ti­tion in a Ford Fi­esta R5 in the Ir­ish For­est Rally Cham­pi­onship this year – com­peted in a green, yel­low and red ex­am­ple in the 1990s.

“Dad got the first 6R4 when I was four or five years of age, the rea­son I’m here now [in the WRC] is be­cause of the 6R4,” said Breen.

“I fol­lowed dad around for years and years. At home my bed­room was be­side the garage and when he switched it on all the win­dows and the tro­phies in my room would start shak­ing. I was just brought up around mem­o­ries of the 6R4 and that’s why I love it so much.”

The car has the com­pe­ti­tion-el­i­gi­ble 2.5-litre en­gine and is the ex­am­ple Kris Meeke fa­mously drove in a demon­stra­tion run on Rally Ire­land in 2009.

“It’s never ral­lied, it’s only done demon­stra­tions so it’s in re­ally good con­di­tion,” added Craig Breen.

“It’s full in­ter­na­tional spec, and it’s the lat­est en­gine you can get for it. It’s on Proflex [dampers] at the mo­ment, we’ll get some new dampers for it and it should be ready to go then.”

Both Breens want to drive the car in com­pe­ti­tion, not un­til the rest of the work has been com­pleted on the car.

“I’ll have to talk to my dad, he’s the boss with it,” said Craig Breen. “We’ll get a bit of work done over the win­ter and we’ll see what we do then.”

Photo: Roy Demp­ster, mck­lein-im­age­database.com, Chi­cane Me­dia

Breen grew up watch­ing Ray drive a 6R4 in Ire­land

Hop­ing to rally a 6R4: Craig Breen

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