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Hot Craig Breen digs deep to retain his Circuit of Ireland crown

By Sammy Hamill

Published 11/04/2016

Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye
Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
REPRO FREE..10/04/16 Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Darryn Causby waves the starting flag to the Rally drivers during the Circuit of Ireland which passed through Banbridge on Saturday. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE..10/04/16 Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Darryn Causby with rally driver Jonny Greer during the Circuit of Ireland which passed through Banbridge on Saturday. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE..10/04/16 Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Darryn Causby waves the starting flag to the Rally drivers during the Circuit of Ireland which passed through Banbridge on Saturday. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Craig Breen and Scott Martin pass through the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Alderman Allan Ewart along with driver Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin and Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Samuel Irwin stops for a closer look at one of the rally cars on display at the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett takes part in the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett, Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson, Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Development Committee meets Louis Walsh along with Alfie and Oliver at the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Development Committee and Louis Walsh chat with Scott Martin, British Rally co-driver to Colin Breen during the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett takes part in the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 A young rally fan enjoying being part of the crowd at the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett takes part in the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Driver Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Race director Bobby Willis and Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Kajetan Kajetanowicz. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Alderman Allan Ewart along with driver Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin and Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Drivers pick their numbers at the start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Miss Northern Ireland Leanne McDowell at the start the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Drivers at the start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan A young competition winner starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen along with Conor Holland. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Last year's winner Craig Green waves to the crowds - X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 School children checking out the cars at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Clowning around at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Drummers entertain at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Draperstown rally driver Marty McCormack chats to Cllr John Blair, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council and local MP Danny Kinahan at the Qualifying Stage at Antrim Castle Gardens which kicks off this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Chris Ingram prepares to be waved off by elected members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Clowning around at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Polish rally driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz is waved off by elected members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 School children checking out the cars at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Drummers entertain at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Clowning around at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Draperstown rally driver Marty McCormack chats to Cllr John Blair, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council and local MP Danny Kinahan at the Qualifying Stage at Antrim Castle Gardens which kicks off this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Father and son duo Niall and William Creighton are taking part in this years Circuit of Ireland Rally. Competitive stages take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April in counties Antrim and Down. Dad Niall will compete in the historic category whilst 18 year William will make his debut in the international rally. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for up to date information.
Father and son duo Niall and William Creighton are taking part in this years Circuit of Ireland Rally. Competitive stages take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April in counties Antrim and Down. Dad Niall will compete in the historic category whilst 18 year William will make his debut in the international rally. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for up to date information.

Craig Breen may have won the Circuit of Ireland for the second year in a row but this was a rally of firsts and winners all round.

The €7,000 cheque Breen picked up wasn't what he came for but it was a nice little bonus as, despite his numerous European championship wins in the past, this was his first as a privateer, Breen's entry in the rally an indication of his desire to put his name on the Circuit trophy for a second time.

And it was that desire and sheer determination which got him and co-driver Scott Martin over the line in another dramatic finish after they feared it was slipping away from them.

Stepping down from his role with the Citroen WRC team to take part, and driving an R5 version prepared locally by the DGM team, Breen seemed to have laid the foundations for his second victory when he decimated the field with a stunning run through the rally's signature stage, the monster 31km Glens on the north Antrim coast on Friday, but a lead of almost half a minute was gradually eroded via a spin in the soaking wet Ards TT stage and then a questionable tyre choice on Saturday morning, allowing European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz to narrow the gap to less than 10 seconds.

Then, virtually blinded as the rally was hit with a blizzard of hail stones, he hit a rock which had been dragged onto the road on the Hamilton's Folly stage, the impact knocking a rear tyre off the rim and the gap was down to just five seconds.

But, like last year when he spun his Peugeot into a bank with the finish almost in sight, Breen wouldn't let go.

"I haven't put my heart and soul into this rally to lose it now," he insisted as he headed into the final two stages.

True to his word, he held off Kajetanowicz's Ford Fiesta to win by 10.6 seconds and record the first ERC victory for an R5 Citroen.

Kajto was disappointed to have come so close for a second time but the Pole had a bonus too - taking over the lead in the ERC series.

There was also a first podium for Alastair Fisher, who sat on the heels of the leading duo for almost the entire rally, only easing back in his Fiesta towards the finish to ensure he took maximum points in the Irish Tarmac championship.

Josh Moffett in fourth was another winner, first of the British championship finishers as well as leapfrogging first-day casualty Keith Cronin to take over the lead of the Irish series. Jonny Greer left behind the memories of his car catching fire on the finish line of the last stage a year ago to claim fifth in the sister DGM Citroen to Breen, an impressive double for the Carryduff team.

They all had a lot to celebrate on Saturday night, not just their successes but having survived a rally which threw everything at them from some of the most challenging roads in Ulster to rain, hail and even snow.

More than a third of the field didn't make the finish line, among them the likes of early leader Elfyn Evans, Fredrik Ahlin, Marty McCormack - who sickeningly saw his Skoda halted by fuel pump failure when he was fourth - Robert Consani, Desi Henry, Robert Woodside and the unfortunate Czech, Jaromir Tarabus, who crashed out of fourth place on the final stage.

Derek McGarrity won the separate national rally for the second time in a row, his WRC Ford Fiesta finishing just over a minute ahead of the Proton Satria of young Englishman Ollie Mellors. Wesley Patterson was third in his Ford Escort.

Belfast Telegraph

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