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Craig Breen

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Info

Nationality:  IRL
Date of Birth: 02.02.1990
Age: 26
Website: www.craigbreen.com

Season 2016

Classification: WRC
Car No: 0
Car: Citroen DS3 WRC
Team: Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team
Co-driver: Scott Martin
Points: 36
Standing: 10
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

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Here’s what makes him special

• An accomplished competitor in the European and British championships, this could be his breakthrough season in the WRC

• He'll get the chance to prove his potential in Citroën's well-sorted DS 3

• 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.

For 2016 it's all change for Breen, as he gets the chance to compete at the top level of the WRC, driving a DS 3 World Rally Car on selected rounds for the new Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rally Sweden WRC Scott Martin 8. 4
73rd PZM Rally Poland WRC Scott Martin 7. 6
Neste Rally Finland WRC Scott Martin 3. 15
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Scott Martin 5. 10
RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España WRC Scott Martin 10. 1
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Scott Martin 50. 0

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