The M-Sport driver alongside rally chief Ott Tanak seemed to be incorrectly shown a red flag by marshal on Stage 17 after officers had declared the resumption of the stage.
The ultimate take a look at of the day was initially pink flagged and suspended when fifth-placed M-Sport driver Adrien Fourmaux ran off the street.
Officers threw the pink flag to permit restoration crews to take away the stricken Ford Puma that had partially blocked the street. As soon as the automotive was cleared the stage resumed permitting M-Sport duo Pierre-Louis Loubet, Breen, and Hyundai’s Tanak to finish the take a look at.
Nevertheless, a marshal through the stage issued a pink flag to Breen and Tanak ensuing within the pair decreasing their pace for the rest of the stage, sparking confusion.
“I really feel sorry for that poor girl that had the flag out as a result of god assist her she has been stood out within the warmth all day lengthy, and she or he might be going to get screamed at for holding the flag out,” Breen advised WRC All Reside.
“I genuinely, genuinely really feel sorry for her, however these items occur.”
Craig Breen, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group
Picture by: M-Sport
The FIA has confirmed to Autosport that it’s investigating the state of affairs.
The general classification has since been up to date guaranteeing Breen will begin Sunday 46.0s behind chief Tanak. Hyundai’s Dani Sordo will start the ultimate day in third 1m06.6s adrift forward of Loubet, Kalle Rovanpera (Toyota), Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota) and Gus Greensmith (M-Sport).
Previous to the ultimate stage, Breen had loved arguably his strongest day within the Puma this season, and was the one driver to take a stage win away from Tanak on Stage 12.
The Irishman admitted that he felt rather more “relaxed” behind the wheel of the Puma having confessed to attempting to overcomplicate his method to current rallies.
“Actually, I am actually proud of how every little thing went as we speak,” Breen added. “Our tempo has been slowly getting higher and higher and I’m undoubtedly feeling increasingly more assured with the automotive each stage I do.
“I’ve additionally discovered the rally, and it isn’t what I’m used to. It has taken me some time to get into my head that you simply don’t must be completely flat out in contrast the sooner gravel rallies I’ve achieved in the previous few years.
“I really feel rather more relaxed with every little thing and I used to be attempting to over complicate issues within the final couple of rallies.”
Pierre-Louis Loubet, Vincent Landais, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group Ford Puma Rally1
Picture by: Pink Bull Content material Pool
Whereas Breen has led the M-Sport cost team-mate Loubet has produced his finest show within the WRC so far to carry fourth.
“I’m completely satisfied to be on the finish with no mistake and we did our greatest,” stated Loubet.
“The tempo was there in Portugal and from the second we obtained on this automotive every little thing was higher so let’s proceed.”
M-Sport has since confirmed Fourmaux’s automotive will not return to motion on Sunday.