By John Kenny
Ireland's Craig Breen sits in 16th place at the end of day one of the Rallye du Valais in Switzerland, 1:55.2 seconds down on leader Andreas Aigner
Breen initially led, what is the final round of the European Rally Championship, after two stages but the event organiser imposed a two minute penalty on him for checking into the start time control on stage three to early.
Breen and his Belgian co-driver Lara Vanneste made the perfect start to the rally, setting the fastest time over the opening two stages to hold a 5.3 second lead over their Peugeot Rally Academy team-mate Jeremi Ancian.
On the third and final test of the day Ancian narrowed the gap to just .2 of a second to bring the action on the stages to a close.
Both Breen and Ancian did have early penalties hanging over them at that point for being late to start stage two but these were cleared.
However it emerged that both Craig’s and Ancian’s co-drivers booked into the start time control on stage three to early.
As a result of this a two minute penalty has been enforced on Breen and a three minute penalty has been enforced on his team-mate Ancian.