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.”
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The muscular, thoroughbred yet beastlike forms of the Peugeot 2008 DKR provide a vivid indication of the new car’s serious desire for success. It is behind the wheel of this purpose-designed machine that Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres will defend the colours of Team Peugeot Total on next January’s Dakar.
Three weeks after the exciting news that Peugeot, Red Bull and Total have decided to join forces to contest the 2015 Dakar, the car that will spearhead the team’s challenge has finally broken cover. The 2008 DKR shares an unmistakable family resemblance with Peugeot’s road-going crossover, albeit with more muscular forms and more imposing overall proportions that have been honed to meet the challenge that lays ahead. Its spectacular lines are the fruit of close cooperation between the experts at Peugeot’s Style Centre and their colleagues at Peugeot Sport’s Design Department, and the newcomer’s likeness with the production version is quite astonishing! Continue reading 2008 DKR shows its lines
For visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed – the UK automotive event extravaganza – Peugeot has, driven by its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, plans in place to yet again thrill the audience.
With a very modern, stylish and broad appeal range, Peugeot will be promoting its performance models at this year’s Festival of Speed. Static and dynamic displays will include concept cars, road cars and motorsport entries, but the largest head-tuning moment is most likely to be Sébastien Loeb reacquainting himself with a unique return drive and attempt on the famous Goodwood hillclimb in the awesome 875bhp/875kg Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car – this time tuned for sea-level, not the 14,000ft altitude of the Colorado finish line…
Loeb’s drive in the 208 T16 has been granted with the kind permission of Citroën Racing, who also has him driving one of its cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction and the fastest time up the 1.16-mile (1.85km) course is 41.6sec, set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999.
Taking place throughout the weekend, this challenging white-knuckled course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow Estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards Goodwood’s equine racecourse on top of the magnificent South Downs. The course rises over 300ft from the start line to the finish, and is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world’s very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed.
SAINTéLOC IRC Racing Junior Team to assault the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The SAINTéLOC Racing program takes on another dimension this season with a two car team of Peugeot 207 S2000’s for the IRC with two promising young rally drivers, Irishman Craig Breen and Frenchman Mathieu Arzeno and with backing from Peugeot Sport the Etienne team will also bring in third driver, Florian Gonon for three rallies. Continue reading Breen signs with SAINTéLOC Racing Junior Team for IRC 2012