Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen had a strong finish to Rally Finland as the Waterford native secured a top five finish in his C3 WRC.
Breen was extremely competitive this weekend as the WRC returned following their summer break. The Citroen driver is now in seventh place overall in the WRC standings on 53 points and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
It wasn’t our best day in terms of pure performance. I knew that I couldn’t make up the ground on the leaders in normal racing conditions so I just focused on containing Thierry Neuville. For sure, it’s a good run of fifth places but I’d like to get back onto the podium before the end of the season!
Kris Meeke finished the rally in eighth place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
Although there weren’t many miles to cover, it was still a proper leg with some typically fast Finnish stages. As I had nothing to gain by taking risks and was low on confidence, I played it safely to bring the car home.
Like yesterday, I was first on the road and that made my job a little more difficult. The roads were very slippery this morning and it wasn’t easy to read the level of grip. So I drove without any real feeling, but there wasn’t much else I could do.
The team didn’t have much to gain today and so the drivers safeguarded their positions. Like Poland, we managed to get all three cars to the end and have gathered a lot of useful information. Depending on the conditions, the C3 WRC is more or less competitive but we know what areas we need to work on. We look forward now to returning to tarmac in Germany, at what is a special rally for Citroën Racing.