A Fifth Place Finish For Breen At Tour De Corse
Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen ended Tour De Corse in fifth place and comes away from the event as Citroen’s leading driver in the World Rally Championship Standings in sixth place on 33 points.
The Irishman went into Sunday’s final day of action in fourth place and lost out on the position by just .1s ending the event just behind Toyota’s Yari Matti Latvala. Speaking following the event, Breen commented by saying:
This morning, the conditions were ideal once again, with beautiful weather and magnificent roads. Obviously, it’s very frustrating to lose a position by only a tenth of a second, but that’s also why we love rallying! I have no regrets, because I tried my best on the Power Stage. I have to be pleased with the weekend. We didn’t make a single mistake and we held our own when fighting with drivers with a lot more experience than us. That bodes well for the future.
Although he lost out on fourth place, Breen picked up three bonus points for the championship. Stephane Lefebvre, the only other C3 WRC in the rally ended the event under Rally 2 rules and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
We completed today’s final two speed tests looking to increase our knowledge of the car and the Corsican stages. We really enjoyed it and that helped to increase our confidence. We won’t be racing in Argentina, so I can’t wait for Rally de Portugal to come around. Last year, I really enjoyed competing at this event.
Citroen Racing’s Team Principal Yves Matton commented on the event by saying:
We leave Corsica in a positive frame of mind, because the Citroën C3 WRC was the fastest car this weekend. Obviously, the race wasn’t the same after Kris Meeke retired. Craig Breen coped with the additional pressure, and fought well with drivers who have already won rallies at this level. He maintained his position and had an error-free rally. Stéphane Lefebvre made it to the end of the rally, meaning we scored more points than the team above us in the Manufacturers’ standings. Congratulations also to Yohan Rossel for his podium in the WRC2!