Craig Breen says he wants to finish as strongly as possible in this year’s FIA Euroepan Rally Championship, begining with this weekend’s Rally di Roma Capitale.
Breen for 2020 will enter the ERC alongside teammate Emil Lindholm both in MRF Tyres backed Rally2 machinery – Breen in a Hyundai i20 and Lindholm in a Skoda Fabia and admitted ahead of the event: “It’s my interest to get the best result possible and that’s the reason why we’ve entered the rally and entered the championship.”
“But the absolute primary focus is on developing the tyre and making it as competitive as possible, which we will do. Rome will be a perfect opportunity to put a stopwatch on the tyre and see where we are in comparison with our competitors. It will definitely give us a lot of data going forward.”
The revamped 2020 rallying calendar still sees the Irishman competing with Hyundai in the FIA World Rally Championship alongside his six-round European campaign with the tyre manufacturer and he added on his relationship so far with MRF: “We started testing at the end of last year and except for the lockdown, we had been testing quite extensively.”
“We have done one rally in Finland for the Finnish championship and we got on the podium there. For sure, there are some exciting plans, a lot of work and a lot of testing. We hope to make the tyre better and better and prove the talent behind Team MRF Tyres and this challenge.”
Breen lines up this weekend against drivers including Oliver Solberg, Alexey Lukyanuk and Giandomenico Basso at Rally di Roma Capitale, with daily updates from the event here on The Checkered Flag.
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