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Craig Breen makes history in securing WRC deal with Citroen

It’s been a big day for the Waterford man.

Kris Meeke (left) and Craig Breen of Citroen.
Kris Meeke (left) and Craig Breen of Citroen.

WATERFORD’S CRAIG BREEN has become the first driver from the Republic of Ireland to secure a works seat in the World Rally Championship after signing a two-year deal with Citroen Racing starting next season.

Breen, 26, and British co-driver Scott Martin will join Tyrone driver Kris Meeke and his Kerry co-driver Paul Nagle, and French driver Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau, as part of Citroen’s line-up.

Breen has claimed top-10 finishes in his four WRC races for Citroen this year which included a maiden podium finish in Finland with third position and a fifth place result in Corsica last weekend. And the hard work has clearly paid off in the Citroen DS 3.

“I’m so excited to tell you all that Scott and I will be driving for Citroen Racing in the WRC for the next two years,” a delighted Breen, the son of former Irish champion Ray, said.

“This is the stuff that dreams are made of, thank you so much to everybody who has made this possible!”

Yves Matton, the team principal of Citroen Racing, is a big fan of the pair.

“They have the natural talent, motivation and work ethic to win rallies,” he said of Breen and Lefebvre.

“I would also say we are proud to take these young drivers up to the top level of the sport.”

The French manufacturers are returning to full-factory status in the WRC next year and it is expected that Breen and Lefebvre will initially rotate the drive on the second car with the team to use a three-car selection “as soon as possible”.

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Breen will be in action for Citroen again this weekend at Rally Catalunya no doubt buoyed by his new deal.

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