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Uphill battle proves too steep for Craig Breen in Austria

By Sammy Hamill

Craig Breen was left to lick his wounds and vowed to come back stronger in the next round after a disastrous start to his European rally championship campaign in Austria.

Breen, who is again leading the Peugeot Academy team, completed day two of the snowy Janner Rally under Super Rally rules after crashing out on the first stage on Monday.

His Peugeot 208 T16 skated slowly off the road and became stranded on a snow bank, leaving the former World S2000 champion to sit out the entire first leg.

He set competitive times on the second leg but was too far back to collect any points as Poland's Kajetan Kajetanowicz totally dominated the event.

He won all but the last of the 18 stages in his R5 Ford Fiesta, winning the rally by over seven minutes from the Peugeot of Frenchman Robert Consani with Alexey Lukyanuk from Belarus third, also in a Fiesta.

Breen will now focus on the World championship Monte Carlo Rally in just over a week's time before returning to the ERC for round two, the Rally Liepaja in Latvia, at the beginning of next month.

It is followed by Breen's home round of the series, the Circuit of Ireland, at Easter.

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