Craig Breen disappointed after poor showing at Rallye International du Valais

Craig Breen
Craig Breen

Bitter disappointment for Irish driver Craig Breen on the final round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Rallye International du Valais, he was given a post event two-minute penalty.

Breen had driven brilliantly, leading the spectacular Swiss asphalt event from start to finish and easing off towards the finish to provisionally win the event by 39.4 seconds.

However, a genuine mistake by the Peugeot Rally Academy team saw Breen use 20 marked Michelin tyres instead of the allocated 18 on his 208 T16, and he was given the penalty, thus handing victory to Alexey Lukyanuk.

Former Scottish Formula Ford Champion Graham Carroll emerged the winner of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in an incident packed final which saw pre event favourite Wayne Boyd sidelined.

Subject to a restart and seven laps it was Carroll who came through to win from Peter Dempsey. Several other drivers including Jonny McMullan were delayed or taken out in incidents. Boyd who dominated last weekend at Brands Hatch at the Formula Ford Festival was hoping for a repeat of his win last year.

Jennifer Mullan too had a weekend to forgetas another car spun in front of her, leaving her no where to go and a result her car was damaged.

Thus she failed to make the Historic Formula Ford final. 

The Motor Sports Association in conjunction with the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs is holding RallyFuture Forum Northern Ireland on Thursday November 19 at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch commencing at 7.30pm.

The aim is to discuss the future of special stage rallying safety and the future of the sport n the UK.

Among the principal guests will be Citroen works driver Kris Meeke who is currently taking part in the FIA World Rally Championship.