After a barren spell, the Peugeot Rally Academy is hoping to resume its winning ways in Greece where the 208T16 secured its maiden European Championship victory on the 2014 Acropolis Rally. The victor that day was Craig Breen who will be keen to repeat his success this time round.
The Acropolis Rally’s mixed dirt/asphalt format and hot weather will be the main features of the 2015 ERC’s penultimate round where Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Charles Martin/Thierry Salva will be tasked with defending the colours of the Peugeot Rally Academy. To achieve that objective, their chief asset will be the 208T16 which claimed its first ERC success at the Loutraki-based event last season.
With a score of three wins to his name so far this year, in Latvia, Ireland and the Azores, Craig Breen is keen for action to begin:
Everyone in the team is looking forward to competing in Greece again. It was such a great event for us last year when we notched up the 208T16’s first win. This year’s rally will be very different, with less asphalt, but the gravel stages promise to be a huge challenge. The opening stage exceeds 40 kilometres in length and the second takes place at sunset. I think this has the makings of being one of the hardest rounds of the season.
The 2014 208 Rally Cup winner Charles Martin is looking forward to his second loose-surface appearance in a four-wheel drive car after June’s visit to the Azores. He is pleased with the agility of the 208T16 on asphalt and gravel and is counting on the car’s potential to pick up a good result:
I haven’t competed on dirt in the 208T16 since the Azores but the test session planned before the start of the Acropolis Rally will help me to find my marks again. It’s likely to be a complex event, especially the night-time stage which will be a new experience for me. I hope it will be an enjoyable weekend and I want to do my best for the team.
1, Kajetan KAJETANOWICZ (Ford Fiesta R5), 198 points. 2, CRAIG BREEN / SCOTT MARTIN (PEUGEOT 208 T16), 136. 3, Alexey LUKYANUK (Ford Fiesta R5), 120. 4, Robert CONSANI (Citroën DS3 R5), 79. 5, Bruno MAGALHAES (PEUGEOT 208T16), 68… 19, CHARLES MARTIN / THIERRY SALVA (PEUGEOT 208 T16), 17. Etc
Thursday/Friday (October 8-9): recce
Saturday, October 10: Qualifying Stage and Leg 1
Sunday, October 11: Leg 2