WHEN Kilkenny rally ace, Craig Breen attended the Irish Motorsport Expo in The Hub, Kilkenny at the weekend, I’m sure the Scottish border town of Kelso was also be on his mind because he will return to the asphalt stages South of Edinburgh this weekend.
The British Rally Championship makes it transition from the loose surface of the opening three rounds next weekend. It is also a transition for Craig as he has pencilled in three tarmac events over the next month.
The previous eight months have been the longest term in the Irish driver’s career not to compete on the black stuff, but with two tough events coming in the WRC Academy later in the season, it’s now time to get some sealed surface experience in the Fiesta R2
First up is the Jim Clark, round 4, of the BRC. Then Craig takes on the Rallye Ronde Limousine in France and then on June 26 Breen will be back in his Fiesta S2000 on home soil for the Ravens Rock Rally.
Craig’s views as he looks ahead to the next few weeks was: “I first want to wish all involved with the Irish Motorsport Expo well for what was a great weekend in the Hub. I know John Rafter and all his team put a huge amount of work into it and I’m delighted the Carrick Motor Club decided to organise the event which showcased the best Irish Motorsport.
“It’s back to work next weekend with my first tarmac event of the year. I’m looking forward to putting the R2 through its paces on the tarmac stages around Kelso. Ths year has been different as we started out with WRC Sweden and then with the opening rounds of the WRC Academy on gravel that’s where our priority stood to this point.
”I’ve also targeted the Rallye Ronde Limousine which comes up the week after the Jim Clark; it’s a round of the French Championship and with round 5 of the Academy in France it will be an important face finding exercise.
“At the end of June I’ll be home for my local Ravens Rock Rally. The Rally is a round of the Nation Tarmac Championship and I’m taking the opportunity to use my Fiesta S2000,” he concluded.