Buoyed Craig Breen out to get Euro title bid back on track at Czech Rally
It had all been going so well for Craig Breen. Three wins in a row, including the Circuit of Ireland, saw him jump into the lead in the European championship. But then the wheels came off.
Non-finishes in the last two rounds in Belgium and Estonia dropped the former World S2000 and junior champion back to second place in the series, five points behind his arch-rival Kajetan Kajetanowicz ahead of this weekend's Barum Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic.
But Breen, who has been combining his ERC commitments with a programme of World championship rallies, goes into round seven buoyed by a strong performance in Rally Deutschland last weekend where he ran second in the WRC2 category until a puncture dropped his Peugeot back to fifth.
The ERC2 winner in Germany was Jan Kopecky. He is not contesting the European series and won't affect Breen's battle with Kajetanowicz. The rally starts with the qualifying stage today with the action proper getting under way tomorrow.