Craig Breen ended Rally Sweden with an extremely impressive drive to finish place overall. The Waterford native was in the top ten throughout the weekend, driving the new C3 WRC for the first time and ended the event as the leading Citroen driver with his team mate Stephane Lefebrve ending the rally in eighth place.
Speaking following the rally, Breen commented by saying:
I’m pleased to have made it to the finish and to score my first points for a factory team! It was a pretty cool weekend, even though we weren’t always completely happy with our performance level. We have to move on. The Citroën C3 WRC has so much potential and I can’t wait to be driving it again!”
Citroen Team Principal Yves Matton commented by saying:
The good work of our young drivers is what we have to take away from this Rally Sweden. Given their respective level of experience, they more than met our expectations. Although they made some minor mistakes, they didn’t let that prevent them from getting a good result at the end. We are all very aware of what we need to do to improve and be competitive. We are going to work even harder in preparation for the upcoming events.
Rally Sweden was Stephane Lefebrve’s first snow event and speaking after ending the event inside the top ten in eighth place, the Frenchman commented by saying:
I feel like I really learned how to drive on snow this weekend. The first day gave me chance to get my bearings. Yesterday, I was at a disadvantage due to my road position but I still managed to improve before confirming my progress today. I think we did a lot of good work, especially on making the most of the tyres and managing tyre pressure. It was a very positive weekend for us, with some very useful information for us for the future.
Kris Meeke endured a difficult rally after putting the C3 WRC into the snow bank on Saturday meant he lost a potential podium finish and dropped to 12th place overall which is where he finished.
Speaking following the rally, Meeke commented by saying:
We haven’t finished were we wanted to be. We have a lot of work to do and we need to analyse all the information that we’ve collected so we can improve. After two winter events, we’re now going to switch to gravel and so the next test session will obviously be very useful. It’s hard for me to feel confident after two difficult rallies, but I’m not about to give in.
Next up for Citroen is Rally Mexico from 9-12 March. The French team come away from Sweden in fourth place in the championship on 26 points while Craig Breen is their leading driver in the Drivers championship as he is in fifth place on 20 points.