Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen moved into the top five at Rally Sweden on day 2 of the winter event.
The Irishman is currently in fifth place overall following an impressive showing and Citroen Team Principal Yves Matton was delighted with the Waterford native’s day commenting by saying:
Craig’s goal was to have an error-free day and he managed to do just that, as well as making it into the top 5. He is therefore on course to secure a convincing result, in line with the target set before the rally. With his starting position, Stéphane had to sweep the fine layer of fresh snow off the racing line. It was a useful experience, but it wasn’t easy for him to show what he can do. Despite a minor error on the final stage, he had a pretty good day. Kris’ mistake is unfortunate, but he is still on course to score points in the Manufacturers’ World Championship.
Breen had an error free day and was able to benefit from the pace of the C3 WRC as well as the retirement of rally leader Thierry Neuville and issues for his team mate Kris Meeke in the second C3. Speaking following the second day, Breen commented by saying:
It was a good learning experience for us today. I tried to keep it clean so as to avoid making any silly mistakes. The afternoon was a bit more mixed: I had a good feeling on the Hagfors stage, but not so much on Vargåsen, where I was struggling to keep the car on the road. I’m pleased to be in the top 5 and I’ll try to keep it going right to the finish.
Kris Meeke endured a tough day in Sweden after sliding off the road. The Northern Irishman lost eight minutes as spectators dug him out of the snow bank and he was able to rejoin the event.
Meeke goes into the final day in 12th place overall and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
This morning, I had the impression I was driving well on the stages but my times weren’t good enough to hold onto fourth place. I got caught out on the second run on Vargåsen: the rear snapped away from me coming into a left-hander and I couldn’t turn in. We went off the side of the road and got stuck in the snow. Thanks to the spectators for helping us so we could finish the day!
Stephane Lefebvre goes into the final day in eighth place 5:37.0 behind leader Jari Matti Latvala. Lefebvre who is driving the old DS3 WRC commented by saying:
The first loop was difficult, because I was second on the road and had to contend with sweeping the five centimetres of fresh snow on the racing line. My pace notes weren’t perfect either, so I also used the morning to make a few corrections. In the afternoon, I lost about thirty seconds after hitting a snow bank. The rest of the leg went well and I’m pleased to be in eighth place overall.