Craig Breen chasing victory in Corsica.
This week Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen returns to the World Rally Championship and heads to the island of Corsica for the next outing of his 2015 WRC2 campaign. Known as the ‘Rally of 10,000 corners the Tour de Corse (Oct 1st – 4th) remains legendary amongst the rallying community for its ability to challenge the sports greats through its narrow twisty stages that wind their way around the mountain passes of the island. Returning to the WRC after a seven year gap it will be the perfect opportunity for Craig and his co-driver Scott Martin to take the WRC2 win that they have so far been denied this year. Craig has excelled on this specialist asphalt event over the past few years as during its absence from the WRC it was part of the IRC and ERC where Craig has been a key player.
After shakedown on Thursday morning, Craig and Scott will bring the SAINTéLOC Racing run Peugeot 208T16 over the start ramp in Ajacio that evening but it’s not until Friday morning that the real action begins over three long stages that total 109km on day one. Just three stages again on Saturday will see the crews take a second run through two of Friday’s stages before tackling the longest stage of the rally, a staggering 48.46km test of man and machine. Sundays trio of stages although equally as challenging will be somewhat easier as the stage distance will just fall short of the 100km mark as the crews strive to make it to the finish ramp in Ajaccio that afternoon.
Queuing up to deprive Craig of the win will be a host of this year’s championship regulars all trying to prove their pace and take the most points home as the championship enters its final rounds. Before leaving for the event Craig has been training hard and is feeling confident, “It’s one of my favourite rallies and we’ve proved in recent years we can be fast here, now we just have to prove we can win here. We have one goal as always.”