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Craig Breen eyes Latvian run ahead of his WRC return 

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Craig Breen. Credit: Helena El Mokni

Craig Breen. Credit: Helena El Mokni

Craig Breen. Credit: Helena El Mokni

It was far from an ideal start to their respective European Rally Championship campaigns but Craig Breen and Callum Devine are determined to fight back in Latvia this weekend.

Broken suspension forced Breen out during the first leg of Rally Poland but he returned on day two to set fastest times in his R5 Hyundai, leaving him “feeling good” ahead of Rally Liepaja which he won in 2015.

Devine suffered gearbox issues early on with his R5 Ford Fiesta before a fightback saw him climb to 14th in a rally won by two-time European champion Alexei Lukyanuk.

But for Breen, the Latvian event represents more than an opportunity to get back in the fight for the Euro title; he sees it as a chance to get important gravel mileage ahead of his return to the Hyundai World Championship team in neighbouring Estonia later this month.

The Irish Tarmac champion replaces Dani Sordo, who was an early casualty in Hyundai’s troubled Safari Rally bid last week.

He was second to team-mate Ott Tanak in Estonia last year when the rally became part of the WRC series for the first time.

Devine is back on a rally which can only have bitter memories of last year when the Co Derry driver was running in the top 10 before he crashed heavily, severely damaging his Hyundai.

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Also taking part are Tyrone drivers Cathan McCourt, the Irish forestry champion, and latecomer Jason Mitchell in Fiestas.


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