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Breen takes control of WRC title charge in France

Craig Breen made a blistering start at the World Rally Championship in France today as he fights for the WRC Academy title with Estonian Egon Kaur.  Going into this weekend’s event Kaur had a 26 point lead over Breen with two events left leaving the Waterford native needing a win in France to have a hope of a winner takes all shoot out at Rally Great Britain.

Breen started cautiously on Stage 1 today, finishing 9th but found his speed on Stage 2 with a fastest time to take the overall lead.  The 21-year-old went on to win the next two stages to lead by 26.3 seconds from Spaniard Yerey Lemes with Breen’s title rival, Kaur, lagging 10 minutes and 26 seconds back.

The former Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year started where he left off on the second loop of the stages winning the fifth stage increasing his lead to over 30 seconds.  However on Stage 6 Breen suffered a puncture with 6 kilometres of the stage left, which nearly halved his lead to 18.2 seconds, coming in 9th


Breen finished on a high however winning the last two stages to hold a lead of 24.6 seconds over Yerey Lemes going into day two with the Waterford driver’s rival, Egon Kaur, 30 minutes and 11 seconds behind.  Breen’s time was the 6th fastest across the whole World Rally Championship event today.

For more information and updates see www.wrc.com/wrc-academy or www.craigbreen.com

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