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Craig Breen in pole position for a victorious finale

Craig Breen had opened out a lead of almost a minute at the end of the second leg of the Rally du Valais, the final round of this year's European championship.

Despite having won three previous rounds, including the Circuit of Ireland, Breen has already lost the European title to Kajetan Kajetanowicz but the Peugeot Academy driver is determined to finish the season with the most wins.

He has been fastest on eight out of the 10 stages so far and carries a 53 seconds lead into today's final leg. Swiss driver Olivier Burri, an eight-time winner of his home event, is in second place in his Citroen with the Ford Fiesta of Russian Alexey Lukyanuk third.

Meanwhile, Wayne Boyd begins his bid for a big end-of-season Formula Ford double in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone today.

Winner of the Brands Hatch Festival last weekend in a Medina Sport Van Diemen, the 25-year-old former British champion from Templepatrick is aiming to add the Hayes Trophy and repeat his victory of last year.

The strong Irish contingent also includes new British and All-Ireland champion Jonny McMullan who had a difficult series of races at Brands Hatch but finished the final with the fastest lap.

Jake Byrne, winner of the Northern Ireland championship, Robert Barrable, runner-up to Boyd at Brands Hatch, Martin Donnelly Trophy winner Kevin O'Hara, Peter Dempsey and Jennifer Mullan are all in the 120-strong line-up.

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