ERC: Breen confirmed as Peugeot factory driver

Craig Breen: This is incredible and beyond my dreams...

Craig Breen will compete in the new-look European Rally Championship this season following news he has secured a factory seat with Peugeot.

Breen, who won the 2012 SWRC crown last season, following hot-on-the-heels of his title success in the WRC Academy in 2011, will do eight events using the new R5 208. He is due to start his campaign next month in Latvia, before also doing the events in Portugal, Corsica, Belgium, San Marino, Poland, Sanremo and Switzerland.

“This is incredible and beyond my dreams,” Breen said. “I am really excited to work with a manufacturer like Peugeot. It is a good position to be in.

“My objective is to show good speed and challenge for some victories on a regular basis. For the testing programme, I will give the best I can to support the development of the 208 Type R5.”

Breen will compete as one of three drivers' in the new 'Peugeot Rally Academy', along with Jeremi Ancian and Stephane Lefebvre, who finished first and second respectively last year in the 'Volant 207' series in France. Ancian will do six ERC events in a 207 S2000, while Lefebvre will do four ERC events in a 208 R2. All three cars will be run by Sainteloc and will compete in the colours of Peugeot Sport, Total, Michelin and Sparco.

Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport team principal, commented: "With the Peugeot Rally Academy, we are taking another step forward in terms of the support we provide to the winners of our promotional formulas.

"I am confident that Craig will confirm all the good things that have been said about him and I can't wait to see how our winners will fare alongside him. There is no pressure on them to achieve results.

"It's all about accumulating experience for these young drivers; we're not fighting for the championship."

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Craig Breen (IRL) Paul Nagle (GBR), Ford Fiesta S2000
Craig Breen (IRL) Paul Nagle (GBR), Ford Fiesta S2000
Craig Breen (IRL) Paul Nagle (IRL), Ford Fiesta S2000
Craig Breen (IRL) Paul Nagle (IRL), Ford Fiesta S2000
Craig Breen (IRL) Paul Nagle (GBR), Ford Fiesta S2000
Craig Breen named as Peugeot factory driver for ERC 2013 [Pic credit: Peugeot Sport]

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joe Bloggs - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:15 PM

Wonderful opportunity for Craig and I'm sure one he will take full advantage of. Hope and expect to see him on top of ERC podium very soon and would be great to have some WRC rounds added later in the year if possible. Good luck Craig, another rung up the ladder

Chris h - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 5:31 AM

This is great news. No just for Craig but its good that a driver from Ireland gets factory drive. It restores a little faith that sometimes a driver can get to the top without having to buy a seat. I wonder which Peugeot team he will drive for next year? They have said all along that the R5 project will be developed by the factory and ran in 2014 by various country importer teams. It would be difficult to see an Irishman running in a car covered in the Union flag.

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