Ireland's Craig Breen suffered another European Rally Championship heartbreak when he retired whilst leading the Rally of the Azores, the fifth round of the ERC. 

Breen got his Peugeot Racing Academy 208 to the end of stage nine yesterday with 6.5 seconds lead from his team-mate Kevin Abbring.

However, the Waterford driver then leapt from his car at stage end after discovering a small fire in the engine which he and co-driver Scott Martin quickly extinguished. 

But try as he might after putting out the fire, the pair couldn't get the car restarted, missing stage 10, and ending his rally.

It's the second time in-a-row that that Breen has retired from a ERC round after his non finish while lying second on the Circuit of Ireland.

Breen said: "We don't know what happened the car wouldn't start after what was only a small fire it's hugely disappointing.

"Something shifted in the car, it's tough the sun is not shining on me again. A little flame under the bonnet and I'm out. It's a little unfair."

Breen's non-finish meant that Abbring assumed the rally lead and it also means that he won't collect any meaningful ERC points, missing out on a chance to return to the top of the standings.