Friday 28 April 2017

'Work to do' as Breen admits Sweden struggles

Craig Breen finished in the fifth slot at Rally Sweden Photo: Roni Rekomaa/Getty Images
Craig Breen finished in the fifth slot at Rally Sweden Photo: Roni Rekomaa/Getty Images
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Craig Breen finished fifth at Rally Sweden, his first event in the 2017 World Rally Championship.

As Jari-Matti Latvala scored a stunning victory for the new Toyota Gazoo team, Breen's Citroen team-mate Kris Meeke was left frustrated and dejected, asserting: "We have work to do."

It was a view echoed by Breen as, for the second rally in a row, Citroen's new C3 struggled to match the pace of not just Toyota, but Ford and Hyundai as well.

They didn't say as much, but it was clear Meeke and Breen again found the more powerful C3 difficult to drive.

It sapped Breen's confidence and he eased back to ensure a solid fifth-place finish, but Meeke dropped to 12th after being stranded in the trees for eight minutes during Saturday's leg, although he finished strongly with fourth place and two points on the final Power Stage.

Explaining his excursion into the trees, Meeke said: "I was really struggling to keep the rear in line and I was conscious of that and trying not to do anything stupid. But as I went over a slight right corner over a crest the rear stepped out and I went completely 90 degrees to the road."

Breen was equally perplexed.

"I couldn't keep it in line and it gave me a lot of frights. On some stages it would catch you by surprise," he said.

Irish Independent

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