Craig Breen claims victory at Rallye Acores

Craig Breen and  Scott Martin celebrate  their victory
Craig Breen and Scott Martin celebrate their victory

Circuit of Ireland winner Craig Breen has won the SATA Rallye Acores, making it three FIA European Rally Championship victories in a row for the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 driver.

Co-driven by Scott Martin, Breen had been in a close battle for the victory with Kajetan Kajetanowicz, with both drivers leading the event three times.

Kajto was 11.9s behind Breen with only the final loop of three stages remaining, and felt he had to take a different tyre compound to Breen, regardless of his rival’s choice, if he was going to have a chance of victory.

While Breen kept his hard Michelin tyres on, the LOTOS Rally Team Fiesta R5 driver took soft Pirellis.

The gamble did not pay off, and Breen was able to turn his small advantage into a 1m02.1s winning margin, and also take the lead in the ERC Gravel Masters.

“I came to the Azores with one objective, and that was to win the rally, I am on top of the world at the moment.

“This weekend has been good for us.

“We have been fast when we needed to be fast and clever when we needed to be clever, so I am chuffed to bits with the performance of the car and the team.

“They have done a great job this weekend,” commented the Irish driver.

A disappointing day for Colin Turkington in the latest trio of rounds in the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.

Race one and brake problems saw the Portadown driver drop from sixth to 25th as teammate Jason Plato took the chequered flag in a VW Passat CC and Plato repeated his winning form in race two with Turkington finishing eighth.

The final race of the day produced yet another win for a German car, this time it was Sam Tordoff at the wheel of a BMW and Turkington’s best result of the day, sixth.

In the race for the championship Turkington has dropped down the order from second to fifth and is now 33 points adrift of the new leader Plato.