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Craig Breen

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Nationality:  IRL
Date of Birth: 02.02.1990
Age: 27
Website: www.craigbreen.com

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 14
Car: Citroen DS3
Team: CITROËN Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Co-driver: Scott Martin
Points: 53
Standing: 7
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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Here’s what makes him special

• An accomplished competitor in British, European and WRC support series, 2016 proved to be his breakthrough season

• He claimed a stunning podium in Finland to secure a works Citroën drive for 2017

• Always good for a quote at the stage ends, Craig gathered a few himself in 2015 as a guest presenter for WRC Live

The story so far

Breen, the son of former Irish champion Ray, began his career in karting in Ireland before moving into full-time rallying in 2009, when he won the International, British and Irish Fiesta Sporting Trophy titles and was crowned Ireland’s Young Driver of the Year.

In 2010 he finished second in the Irish Tarmac Championship in a Fiesta S2000 and claimed his maiden British Championship victory at the Ulster Rally.

Breen stepped up to the WRC Academy in 2011, lifting the title in a Fiesta R2 after wins in Germany and Britain, and the following season he won the SWRC title in a Fiesta S2000 after four category wins.

Peugeot signed Breen to lead its European Rally Championship attack in 2013 in a 207 S2000. Five podiums netted third in the standings and Breen also began development work with the French manufacturer’s 208 T16 car.

In 2014 he drove the new car in the ERC and although he won the Acropolis Rally in Greece, mechanical issues limited him to third in the championship.

A more ambitious programme followed in 2015 with Peugeot-supported campaigns in both WRC 2 and the ERC. He claimed three ERC wins and narrowly missed out on the title, but it was a different story in WRC 2 where he was again hindered by mechanical problems and ended the season eighth.

In 2016 Breen was handed the chance to compete at the top level of the WRC, driving a DS 3 World Rally Car on selected rounds for the Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team. He made the most of his opportunity, especially in Finland where he claimed a remarkable third place.

Arguably that was the result which persuaded Citroën boss Yves Matton to reward Breen with a factory drive in 2017 in the French manufacturer’s new C3 World Rally Car alongside Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre.

• An accomplished competitor in British, European and WRC support series, 2016 proved to be his breakthrough season

• He claimed a stunning podium in Finland to secure a works Citroën drive for 2017

• Always good for a quote at the stage ends, Craig gathered a few himself in 2015 as a guest presenter for WRC Live

The story so far

Breen, the son of former Irish champion Ray, began his career in karting in Ireland before moving into full-time rallying in 2009, when he won the International, British and Irish Fiesta Sporting Trophy titles and was crowned Ireland’s Young Driver of the Year.

In 2010 he finished second in the Irish Tarmac Championship in a Fiesta S2000 and claimed his maiden British Championship victory at the Ulster Rally.

Breen stepped up to the WRC Academy in 2011, lifting the title in a Fiesta R2 after wins in Germany and Britain, and the following season he won the SWRC title in a Fiesta S2000 after four category wins.

Peugeot signed Breen to lead its European Rally Championship attack in 2013 in a 207 S2000. Five podiums netted third in the standings and Breen also began development work with the French manufacturer’s 208 T16 car.

In 2014 he drove the new car in the ERC and although he won the Acropolis Rally in Greece, mechanical issues limited him to third in the championship.

A more ambitious programme followed in 2015 with Peugeot-supported campaigns in both WRC 2 and the ERC. He claimed three ERC wins and narrowly missed out on the title, but it was a different story in WRC 2 where he was again hindered by mechanical problems and ended the season eighth.

In 2016 Breen was handed the chance to compete at the top level of the WRC, driving a DS 3 World Rally Car on selected rounds for the Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team. He made the most of his opportunity, especially in Finland where he claimed a remarkable third place.

Arguably that was the result which persuaded Citroën boss Yves Matton to reward Breen with a factory drive in 2017 in the French manufacturer’s new C3 World Rally Car alongside Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Scott Martin 5. 10
Rally Sweden WRC Scott Martin 5. 10
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Scott Martin 5. 10+3
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Scott Martin 15. 0
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Scott Martin 5. 10
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Scott Martin 25. 0
ORLEN 74th Rally Poland WRC Scott Martin 11. 0
Neste Rally Finland WRC Scott Martin 5. 10

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