Irishman Craig Breen comes into his final round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship at the 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB with a very positive season behind him.
The Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team driver became the first Irishman to secure a podium finish at Rally Finland in July and has been a model of consistency all year.
Breen comes to Wales with an impressive history on the event. It is a rally in which he secured the WRC Academy title alongside the late Gareth Roberts in 2011 and the Irishman will be hoping to create more fond memories next weekend.
“I have a lot of good memories, the highlight probably being when I won the Junior WRC title in 2011 alongside Gareth Roberts, who was Welsh.
“In fact, the start line for Myherin – the opening stage this year – is exactly at the point where we won the title! Although this year’s rally is being held a few weeks earlier than usual, I’m not expecting the conditions to be especially different: rain, mud, fog, etc. Maybe we’ll see a few rays of sunshine, but it would be weird!
“The race conditions will have a huge influence on our ability to secure a good result. If our tenth place on the road became an advantage, I think I could fight for a podium spot, like in Finland. We’ll start the rally with a positive mindset and we’ll see what we can do.”
The 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will be contested over 22 stages and kicks off on Thursday 27 October 2016 with the pre-event Shakedown.