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FST: Dream year for Breen

Craig Breen now leads the Fiesta SportTrophy Ireland and UK series' following another brilliant win recently on round five of the UK series, the Rally Isle of Man.

The victory on the Manx gives the Waterford teenager a five point lead over Matt Edwards, with the final two rounds of the championship - the Ulster International and Trackrod - to go, and few could have forecast such a superb season for the former karting star.

"Really I started off this season with a real aim to have a go rallying," said Breen. "When we got to Galway I didn't really know even if rallying was going to be my thing, but I was surprised at the result we achieved.

"Then we led the first UK FST round before a gearbox failure and there is no doubting now it's my thing!

"It's been a dream so far and I am putting 110 per cent effort into trying to make a career out of rallying, to climb the ladder into the WRC. At the moment there is a lot of work to do in between events in terms of organising, physical training and testing - and just trying to keep things right."

It's been a huge commitment this season for Breen, and the Tom Gahan Motorsport squad, but the hard work and preparation paid off again on the Manx.

Indeed round five of the FSTUK series couldn't have gone more smoothly and with rivals Mark Donnelly and Kris Hall both inverting their Fiesta's on the first stage, it put Breen firmly in the driving seat and he eventually took the class win by almost three minutes.

"Everything just worked great on the Isle of Man," he continued. "We backed off a bit on the final few stages to make sure of a trouble free finish.

"After the Fiesta result was decided we were left to go for it on the rest of the event, and I wanted to get as high up the two-wheel drive rankings as possible.

"We were having a good race with Tom Walster in the R3 Clio. He took 0.2 of a second from us on the opener, then we took 4 seconds from him on the next one, and I was really driving at ten tenths. The next stage he took the 4 seconds back, but we expected that, as it was a faster, wider test, and then we decided to have a good go on the next Curragh's stage, as we figured he may struggle a little on the bumps and tight twists.

"I made a mistake about the fourth corner into the stage however, just ran wide on a tight left, the car went up the bank and landed on its roof.

"It's something to learn from, and I know exactly what I did wrong, so it hasn't annoyed me too much, or effected my focus for the next event," he summed-up.



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Craig Breen / Gareth Roberts. Isle of Man 2009. [Pic credit: Fiesta SportTrophy]
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