30 March 2014

Breen wins Greek Rally with Peugeot 209 T16

Today, the international debut of the new Peugeot 208 T16 was rewarded with the first victory of its career!

The Peugeot Rally Academy's Craig Breen, and co-driver Scott Martin, took the win on the Greek European Rally Championship round, 30 years after the first success of the famous 205 T16.

Craig and co-driver Scott Martin went on to claim four stages (SS3, SS6, SS7 and SS11) and eased ahead on SS6 following the retirement of his team-mate Kevin Abbring. After that, a determined drive saw him overcome a half-spin to ward off pressure from B Bouffier and win by a margin of 8.1s. Fiesta R5 driver K Kajetanowicz was third, more than 40 seconds behind.

Not only did the result bring Breen the first major international victory of his career, but it was also the first win for the Peugeot Rally Academy and the 208 T161.

Craig has been awarded the Colin McRae Flat out Trophy. Next weekend, Breen and the 208 T16 will be here in Ireland to contest a round of the country's national championship where they will no doubt receive a hero's welcome ahead of mid-April's Circuit of Ireland, the next round of theFIA European Rally Championship.

Craig said the 208 T16 turned out to be just as competitive on gravel as it was on asphalt. "It's a great result and a fitting tribute to the hard work put in by everyone not only at the Peugeot Rally Academy, but also at Peugeot Sport. It was quite simply a perfect weekend."