After finishing eighth in his World Rally Championship (WRC) debut with his new team in Sweden the other weekend, Irish driver Craig Breen is expecting a harder challenge in his next runs.
Breen, who now races under the Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team, clocked in a time of two hours and two second to clip four points behind his Citroën DS3 WRC car.
According to Breen, he did not expect his initial run with his new team to be as successful as it was.
“It surprised me how quickly I’ve been able to get up to speed. I expected it would take two or three rallies to get to the point I’m at now. Now we have to move the goalposts a little bit,” the 26-year-old racer said in his interview with WRC.com.
Notwithstanding his remarkable first outing with his new team, Breen maintained that his journey in the WRC would be stiffer in his next rally events.
“I’ve made the big step, now I’ve got to find the extra five or ten percent, and that gets harder,” he added.
The veteran rally car driver, who already has 25 rally appearances since 2009, impressed in the Svullrya stage of the WRC beating world title-holder Sebastien Ogier with the third fastest time in the leg.
“For my first rally with this car and this team I’m really, really happy. I couldn’t have asked for more,” Breen said.
Despite the uncertainty of his return to the cockpit of the lead car of the Citroën-supported outfit, he stressed that he will just leave his chances of returning to his impressive debut.
“For this event alone we’ve done the best job we can. It was the best way to start the year. But for the future I need to do more. Hopefully I’ll get a lot more kilometers behind the wheel of this car,” he added.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES