20 March 2014

Craig Breen to contest Circuit of Kerry

Peugeot Sport rally-ace Craig Breen is set to contest the Fel's Point Circuit of Kerry in the new Peugeot 208 T16, successor to the 207 S2000, writes Trish Whelan. Breen, the FIA World Academy winner 2011 and SWRC 2012 champion, and co-driver Scott Martin are using the second round of the Dunlop Irish National Rally Championship as a high-speed test session, ahead of the European Rally Championship-counting Circuit of Ireland Rally, two weeks later.

Waterford-man Breen, who has worked closely with Peugeot Sport on the development of the 208 T16, will compete for the first time in the new 208 T16 on the gravel roads of the Acropolis Rally in Greece on March 28-30. Easter's Circuit of Ireland then marks the car's debut on an asphalt round of the ERC and Craig's appearance in Tralee on 6 April will allow him and Scott precious competition time to evaluate the machine, before taking on his European rivals in Belfast. The team come direct from Greece to Kerry and will field an asphalt specification car in Tralee.

It will mark the first time that Irish and British rally fans will get to see the new 208 T16 driven in anger. It's quite a coup for the Fel's Point Hotel Circuit of Kerry organiser The Kerry Motor Club. Fans are expected to flock to Tralee from all over the country to witness the historic maiden appearance of one of the most important, and eagerly anticipated, rally cars to be launched on the world stage in recent years.

Craig Breen
Breen is currently fifth in the European series. HE thanks Peugeot Sport and his sponsors, Reens Car Sales Rathmore, Main Peugeot Dealers for Kerry and TOTAL Lubricanats, for their huge support.

Craig will appear at Reen's Car Sales Rathmore, with the new Peugeot 208 T16, on Saturday 5 April, ahead of the rally on Sunday.

The 208 T16 is a strategically important flagship product for Peugeot Sport. A true competition wildcat, it broke cover last weekend when Italian driver Paolo Andreucci finished third at the Rally II Ciocco, 30 years after the legendary 205 T16's introduction. Built for tarmac and gravel, the car's aim is to conquer national and international championships in 2014.