The M-Sport driver started his first full-time season within the WRC this yr on the entrance foot by scoring a 3rd at January’s Monte Carlo season opener behind the duelling part-time drivers Sebastien Loeb (M-Sport) and Sebastien Ogier (Toyota).
However Breen’s season has stuttered since then, most notably when he crashed out of Rally Sweden. The Irishman bounced again with a fourth in Croatia however was left annoyed after a mix of a puncture, poor staff tyre alternative and brake challenge dropped him to eighth general in Portugal final month.
Breen heads to Sardinia this weekend mendacity sixth within the championship, 72 factors adrift of runaway chief Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera, however solely 4 factors behind third-placed Takamoto Katsuta.
Though annoyed by his current outcomes, Breen doesn’t really feel a radical change of method is required having proven glimpses of robust tempo.
“It was troublesome [in Portugal],” Breen informed Autosport.
“There weren’t too many positives in any respect. We had an issue with the automotive just about all day Sunday, it is irritating.
“There was some good pace at occasions. Friday was exceptionally good and we have been proper within the combat, so I used to be happy. However issues out of our management let it slip.
“I don’t have to re-invent the wheel. The pace is there, it is only a case of discovering a bit extra luck.
Craig Breen, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group
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“For certain, we made some dangerous choices on tyre alternative on Saturday and I feel with out that the rally might have been rather a lot totally different for us. It put us on the again foot the entire time.
“We don’t have to do something loopy, we simply have to attempt to put together for the rally a little bit bit higher.
“I don’t have a lot expertise at these occasions, so I wasn’t as ready in some conditions with the tyre alternative and we simply have to rectify that for Sardinia.”
M-Sport staff principal Wealthy Millener acknowledged Rally Portugal was a troublesome occasion for the staff that prolonged its run of occasions and not using a podium since Monte Carlo.
Reflecting on Breen’s performances, Millener says there is no such thing as a additional stress from the staff to ship and is hopeful the Irishman can extract a stronger lead to Sardinia.
“It was not what we wished as an general consequence, however once more over the course of the Portugal weekend everyone did some good occasions and good splits,” Millener informed Autosport.
“The very best factor is Sardinia will not be distant, so we will regroup and attempt to get to the place we all know we may be. We hope Craig can choose up the tempo a bit.
“It was troublesome weekend in Portugal, however we should be a bit sooner and I’m certain that will probably be one thing he’s engaged on for Sardinia.
“He has bought to combat his personal internal gremlins if he’s struggling a little bit bit. We’ve bought a automotive that’s quick sufficient and we now have given him a possibility, and we’re not placing any stress on him.
Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group Ford Puma Rally1
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“He has bought to take the stress off himself and begin driving and delivering. It’s irritating for a staff that we’re not the place we wish to be, however it’s extra irritating for him. We wish to see him do what we all know he can do.
“He’ll inherit a greater street place for Sardinia and championship-wise he’s only some factors off third which isn’t a catastrophe.
“There are nonetheless alternatives and we all know he can do it, he simply must get in that candy spot and will probably be nice for the remainder of the season.”