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Craig Breen hopes that previous experience of Rally Estonia will help end wait for first WRC victory


Craig Breen

Craig Breen

Craig Breen

They say that familiarity breeds contempt but Craig Breen hopes his knowledge of Rally Estonia will allow him to finally end his long-wait for a first World Rally Championship win.

Rally Estonia is followed by next month’s Rally Finland and then the technically demanding Ypres Rally in Belgium — a trio of events that seem to bring out the very best in the Irishman.

All of them have been a happy hunting ground for him, Estonia in particular. Prior to joining M-Sport Ford at the end of last season, he scored successive runner-up finishes in the Baltic state with Hyundai Motorsport.

Had it not been for team orders being imposed by Hyundai’s ex-Team Principal Andrea Adamo, those seconds could quite easily have been firsts.

The 32-year-old has no such worries this time, however, as he will be allowed to fight for the victory regardless of who that is against and in what make of Rally1 car.

“I am really looking forward to Estonia — it is a rally that has served us well in the past,” said Breen, who is fifth in the drivers’ standings on 60 points, 85 adrift of runaway leader, Kalle Rovanpera.

“We have been on the podium now a good couple of times and the last two years as part of the World Rally Championship, we managed to bring home two podium finishes in Estonia as well.

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“Honestly, I cannot wait for it. Estonia is a run of three rallies now that I am very familiar and comfortable with.

"They are the complete opposite of the last couple of rallies of the season in Sardinia and Kenya. I don’t feel alien heading to Estonia — I know what it is all about.”

He added: “We had a really good test last week — the car felt great and I was really comfortable from the beginning, so I’m looking forward to it."

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