Craig Breen has been given a boost in his European Rally Championship bid after Peugeot confirmed that he will take part in an extra event in the Canary Islands later this month.
Peugeot hadn't planned to compete in the event but a change of heart will see Breen joined by Jeremi Ancian in a two-car entry.
It means Breen will now compete in nine events this season rather than the eight that were planned at the start of the year, and will allow him to drop a score at the season's end – with only eight results counting towards the title.
“It's a great opportunity to do an extra rally,” he said, “and on top of that, I hear it's a very nice event. This will be my first go at it but my co-driver, Paul, has been there before and he has a great deal of good to say about it.
“After the snow, cold and rain that Latvia threw at us, the Canary Islands will make a pleasant change and, hopefully, we will get some sunshine! My objective will be the same as it was in Latvia. If we feel competitive, we will push and try to win, but the priority will be to learn as much as we can. It's my first year as a works driver and there is so much that is new to me. It will therefore be important to reach the finish of events in order to score points and gain experience. Taking part in nine rounds instead of eight gives me a better chance in the championship.
“On paper, I am normally quicker on asphalt than on gravel or snow, and I do enjoy the sort of bumpy, dirty stages you get in Ireland! On top of that, the 207 S2000 is fantastic on asphalt. Everyone in the team is fired up and I think we can look forward to another close fight with some very quick rivals.”