Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen achieved a 'dream' ninth place on his WRC car debut on Rally Sweden last weekend.
Breen, who won the SWRC title in 2012 and who finished third in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, moved up into the top-ten on the final day, having struggled with a misfire on the Thursday and with illness on the Friday.
Despite that, however, he still set some respectable times in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC – including a seventh quickest in SS11 and a ninth best effort in SS12.
The Irishman eventually brought his car home one spot behind 2013 Junior World Rally champion Pontus Tidemand and one spot ahead of fellow countryman and Citroen works driver, Kris Meeke.
“It was my dream since I was a boy to compete on a WRC event in a WRC car and to finish ninth on my first try, especially on a tough rally like this, is really a dream come true,” he told his official website.
The points finish in Sweden came hot-on-the-heels of a third place finish in Latvia on Rally Liepâja, round two of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, the weekend before, where Breen was piloting a Peugeot 207 Super 2000. He will now be out next on the Acropolis Rally of Greece in March - round three of the ERC - driving the all-new Peugeot 208 T16.