Craig Breen has taken second overall in round four of the European Rally Championship season in the Sata Rally Azores.

On some of the most demanding stages that the Irish driver has ever had to contend with the Peugeot ace showed maturity under pressure and scored yet another major points haul.

Breen battled all through the three-day event and after suffering two punctures he was still in contention going into the final day, trailing rally leader Jan Kopecky by just 13.1 seconds.

Craig did push on this morning's loop of four tests, but with the gap extending to 20.8 seconds by today's midday service Craig decided that caution was the best option over the closing three stages.

At the finish, Craig said: "We decided to get through there. For sure to come to the finish and get a podium is great, for sure it would have been nice to get a win. The win will come, we are on top form."