Ireland’s Craig Breen returns to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for Saintéloc Racing at the Rally Sanremo in Italy on 12-13 October.

Last time out Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle won the Super 2000 class in the Wales Rally GB.

Breen, driving a Peugeot 207, said of his win: "I’m still reeling from my victory in Wales, where we always had good results.

“We won the FSTi in 2009, we finished second in S-WRC in 2010 and we clenched the FIA WRC Academy last year. After the tragedy at Targa Florio, my S-WRC win without Gareth was still very hard but the triumph was the best tribute I could give him.”

Following this success on gravel, Breen wants to display the same level of performance on asphalt.

"I have not driven on the surface for several months. It is good that we were able to schedule a test session early for the event.” said Breen.

“I hope to continue the form I displayed during the Tour de Corse, even though I know that Sanremo is quite different.

“We start with the goal to get into the top five and why not get on the podium if the pace is there. This week we need to find the correct setup and that is why this test session is so important."

Sanremo will not be the last event Breen will contest with Saintéloc as he will also take part in the Rally Condroz-Huy, Belgium, from 2-4 November.