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Breen: 'This year's Sanremo is compact but still very tough'

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 12:50

Craig Breen in action at the Tour de Corse
Craig Breen in action at the Tour de Corse

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for the Rallye Sanremo, Italy on 12-13 October.

Breen renews his partnership with French team Sainteloc Racing and Nagle returns to the series that he triumphed on in 2009.

"The schedule is pretty hectic at the moment, after finishing on SWRC France there no time off but this is what we live for," said Breen on Monday.

"I added Sanremo to my schedule some time ago and we tested with the team (Sainteloc) last week, all went well and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Peugeot 207 S2000," added the Irish driver.

The 54th Rallye Sanremo is yet another iconic event on the IRC calendar for Breen this year.

He began his campaign with fifth on the Circuit of Ireland and recorded a very worthy sixth place on the Tour de Corse. His last outing in the series was in Sicily and was the scene of the tragic accident that claimed his former co-driver Gareth Roberts.

Rallye Sanremo is based in the city of Sanremo and around the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy and takes place within a 27-hour window, starting on Friday at 12.30hrs (CET) with shakedown.

The special stage action is divided into two parts for the opening day, three stages in the afternoon, then the queen stage of the rally Ronde 44km's.

Day two on Saturday takes in a double loop of three stages beginning with the Colle Langan 1 at 9.05am, service in Sanremo just after noon and with the second loop being completed by 3.20pm.

Looking ahead to the rally, Breen said: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to compete in the IRC again. Driving the Peugeot 207 S2000 on the Circuit of Ireland was a new experience for me this year and I was really happy with my result in Corsica.

“We completed a good test last week and I'm full of confidence after my recent success in the SWRC. This year’s Sanremo is compact but still very tough. I’m looking forward to the 44 km’s of the Ronde stage on Friday night.

“I'm sure the weather will play a part, even if it’s fine, fog can cover a stages making it very challenging.

"It's my first time to take part in the rally but I'm lucky as Paul was here three years ago with Kris (Meeke) and won this event as part of their championship winning season so that's a great help.

“There’s some stiff competition with the IRC regulars and the usual amount of Italian entries but for sure we’ll be doing everything we can to get a good result for the team.”

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