Craig Breen says he can't wait for the Acropolis Rally - and it's not just because he's a fan of the legendary Greek event.
The former World Rally Championship stalwart will act as round three of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, and Breen fully expects to tackle the Loutraki-based event at the wheel of a new-generation Peugeot 208 T16 for the first time.
“I can't wait for the Acropolis and I desperately, desperately want to win a rally soon,” Breen admitted, “I tested before Christmas in Sardinia and I'm testing again in the south of France on some rough gravel stages soon. We're really starting to make big progress with the car.”
The mixed-surface Acropolis event gets underway from 28-30 March, when Dutchman Kevin Abbring will partner Breen in a second Peugeot Rally Academy-entered 208 T16.
Meanwhile, Breen's 'home' event, the Circuit of Ireland Rally, has revealed details of the exciting 'Bronte Homeland' stage which is scheduled to be run twice on day two of the fourth FIA European Rally Championship round on 19 April.
Measuring almost 30 kilometres in length, the stage is the longest of the all-asphalt spectacular and will link the towns of Banbridge and Rathfriland. Banbridge will also host a fan-friendly regroup on the Saturday afternoon as part of a three-hour festival of family-based activities.
The Bronte Homeland stage will run through the area where Patrick Bronte, the father of celebrated novelists Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte, grew up. Stuart Allister and Joanne Magennis, dressed on Bronte period costume, joined chairman of Banbridge District Council, councillor Olive Mercer, and rally director Bobby Willis to launch the stage.