Craig Breen will be hoping to boost his World Rally Championship (WRC) S2000 aspirations this weekend as he takes to the roads for Rally GB in Wales, the sixth round of the WRC Super 2000 series.
The event, which begins tomorrow in north Wales, will give Breen the opportunity to get himself back into contention for the Championship in which he is 25 points behind leader PG Andersson, the same number of points on offer for a first place finish this weekend.
It will be an emotional return to Wales for Breen, the event where he secured the FIA World Rally Championship Academy crown last year but also the homeland of former co-driver Gareth Roberts, who tragically lost his life at the Targa Florio Rally in Sicily in June.
Breen began the season well, winning the first rally in Monte Carlo, before securing a hard earned second place finish in the ice and snow of Sweden.
The Waterford driver failed to finish the next WRC event in Portugal and after opting out of the New Zealand event he returned to action in Finland.
Breen led the rally in Finland with just two stages remaining, a victory that would have edged him closer to two consecutive World Rally titles, however the current Motorsport Ireland Driver of the Year crashed out leaving him now fourth in the WRC Super 2000 standings.
This weekend Breen is hoping to get his title challenge back on track after the disappointment of Finland. "My exit in Finland has cost me dearly. I was leading the class with two stages to go but even though I didn't win the event second place and the subsequent 18 points would have given a totally different look to the table.
"I was very disappointed initially, but just to be in Finland and to be back rallying was an achievement under the circumstances,” Breen said.
Despite being 25 points off top, Breen is determined to try and catch the leaders this weekend. "As regards the championship, we won't be giving up. Our exit in Finland has made a big difference; my non-finish gifted the win to PG but we must keep 100% focused as you never know what can happen.
"Rally GB is always tough on the cars and the season rounds off with two tough events so there’s still could be an interesting end to the year."