Craig Breen says he can't wait to go up against Paolo Andreucci and Giandomenico Basso on Rallye Sanremo this week.

The Irishman is competing on the asphalt event, the penultimate round of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, for the second time and rates the Italian veterans as the ultimate benchmark, particularly as they will also be driving Peugeot 207 S2000s on the legendary rally.

"There's a flock of 207s doing this event and it's going to be good for me to see where I am in terms of pace against drivers like Andreucci and Basso [who won in 2010 and 2012 respectively]," said Breen, a member of the Peugeot Rally Academy.

"We showed some good speed in Sanremo last year and I can't wait to get started to find my marks again."

Breen, who will continue with new co-driver Lara Vanneste in Sanremo, was hampered by a spate of punctures when he took part on the event last season.

He will now be hoping for better fortune this year as he looks to overhaul Bryan Bouffier in the battle for the runner-up spot behind champion Jan Kopecky.



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