While a full recovery from the back injury sustained in a heavy landing during Finland’s World Rally Championship round last week is his current priority, Craig Breen’s focus is very much on achieving more FIA European Rally Championship success on Barum Czech Rally Zlín later this month.
Q: It’s an event you last tackled in 2011 but how tough is Barum Czech Rally Zlín?
CB: “It’s a very tough event but it’s similar to what I know from back home in Ireland. The roads are bumpy and quite changeable if it rains. The problem is the shiny Tarmac, which can become very slippery and therefore a big challenge.”
Q: What’s the target for the rally?
CB: “To get my championship challenge back on track I need to win. In fact I need to win everything between now and the end of the season. That’s the only way it’s going to work. But it was a similar situation in the WRC Academy in 2011. We came through to win that so it would be a fairy tale ending if we could do it and me and me and my co-driver Scott Martin will certainly be pulling out all the stops.”
Q: You experienced a few mechanical problems on your last ERC outing. Have they been solved?
CB: “There have obviously been a few problems but Peugeot Sport has never stopped working hard trying to fix them. We had a very good test in France recently covering nearly 1000 kilometres between my team-mate Kevin Abbring and me. The test was on Tarmac and it was all good and positive. We used quite a bumpy road so some of what we learned will help us for Zlín. We’ve been unlucky on the last few events but hopefully we can move forward now.”