The Irishman adopted Thierry Neuville house to attain a memorable one-two for Hyundai Motorsport on the Ypres Rally, an occasion he beforehand received in 2019 when it was a part of the European Rally Championship.
Breen and Neuville had been in a league of their very own on the slim tarmac levels as they pulled away from the sphere sufficient to carry station and drive inside themselves on the ultimate day.
Nonetheless, the ultimate 4 levels weren’t with out drama for Breen, who misjudged a nook on Sunday’s opening stage that resulted in a collision with a financial institution.
Fortunately his Hyundai i20 averted vital harm permitting Breen to attain back-to-back WRC podiums for the primary time in his profession.
On reflection, Breen felt it was a fortunate escape and if the financial institution hadn’t been tender from the deluge of rain that has hit the area lately, his cost would have been halted.
Craig Breen, Hyundai Motorsport, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai Motorsport
Photograph by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport
“Actually I knew in regards to the nook from the recce I noticed it was tough,” mentioned Breen.
“I used to be warned about it from the beginning of the stage as a result of it seemed on WRC Dwell that it was fairly troublesome. I braked early sufficient as a result of I braked even in a while the second time.
“I simply launched the brake a bit an excessive amount of on the prime of the crest and once I went to brake a bit extra once more and I locked one wheel and at that time it began to choose up velocity reasonably than sluggish it down.
“Actually I’ve to thank the horrible Belgian summer time the place it has rained a lot because the financial institution was really fairly tender, as a result of if it was regular this time of the 12 months, for positive I feel I’d have stopped there.
“I noticed any individual who went slower on the second go and he rolled. I feel solely as a result of I carried a lot velocity into the nook I managed to skip over a drain and never go off [completely].
“We are saying again house that occasionally you want the rub of the inexperienced and that was the rub of the inexperienced.”
This weekend as soon as once more highlighted Breen’s abilities contemporary off the again of a second place end at Rally Estonia final month.
The 31-year-old, competing in a partial season for Hyundai this 12 months, is determined to safe a full-time marketing campaign subsequent 12 months and hopes the outcome will solely assist his trigger.
Breen has been linked to a seat at M-Sport for 2022 and was coy about his future when quizzed within the post-event press convention.
“The podiums assist regardless, it assist each stroll of life,” he added.
“For positive it helps our trigger and places us in a stronger place.
“Aside from something on the contract facet, it simply myself and [co-driver] Paul [Nagle] rather more confidence going ahead, we positively belong right here. We are going to see [about the future].”