Craig Breen, who has spearheaded the PEUGEOT Rally Academy since its creation, is looking forward to another FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) campaign when his objective will be to secure the 2015 title behind the wheel of his 208 T16. Along with co-driver Scott Martin, he earned the 208 T16’s first major international success when he won the 2014 Acropolis Rally in Greece. For 2015, the crew and car have a programme of nine ERC rounds, since only the trip to Cyprus doesn’t figure in the pair’s diary.
“I’m delighted to be continuing with PEUGEOT Sport in 2015 when our priority will be the ERC title,” says 24-year old Craig. “Last year wasn’t easy. We were down on luck and it was the 208 T16’s debut season but now all the ingredients are in place. The car combines speed and reliability and I know the team well, since this will be my third year as part of the official line-up. It’s going to be an exciting but busy year because my programme also includes, with PEUGEOT Sport support, seven WRC-2 outings in the 208 T16 with the same team.”
The PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s second driver will be Charles Martin, 25, who followed in the footsteps of Kevin Abbring as winner of the 208 Rally Cup in 2014. His prize for winning that series is six events in the 208 T16, namely four in the European Rally Championship (Ireland, Azores, Barum Czech Rally Zlin, Greece), plus two in France (Le Touquet, Var). Last but not least, Diogo Gago, 23, winner of the 208 Rally Cup’s junior classification in 2014, will be out to repeat the performance of the defending Junior-ERC champion Stéphane Lefebvre. The Portuguese youngster will target the 2015 title in the PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s 208 R2. To maximise his chances, he has decided to extend the four-round programme that was his reward for winning the 208 Rally Cup Junior with a personal entry for the ERC-Junior series’ other two fixtures. This season, the Junior champion’s prize will be a drive in an R5 car on the Tour de Corse at the end of the year!
Meanwhile, Stéphane Lefebvre will get to benefit from his reward for winning the 2014 ERC-Junior crown in Ypres – near his home in northern France – where he will drive a 208 T16 which proved so competitive on the Belgian classic last June. Once again, the PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s programme will be looked after by Team Saintéloc. The PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s 2015 campaign with the 208 T16 and 208 R2 promises to be particularly busy, beginning with its first competitive appearance on next month’s European Rally Championship opener, the Jännerrallye.
January 4-6: Jännerrallye (Austria): Craig Breen (208T16)
February 6-8: Rally Liepaja (Latvia): Craig Breen (208T16); Diogo Gago (208 R2)
March 12-14: Touquet (France): Charles Martin (208T16)
April 2-4: Circuit of Ireland: Craig Breen; Charles Martin (208T16); Diogo Gago (208 R2)
June 4-6: Rallye Açores (Portugal): Craig Breen; Charles Martin (208T16); Diogo Gago (208 R2)
June 25-27: Ypres Rally (Belgium): Craig Breen (208T16); Stéphane Lefebvre (208T16); Diogo Gago (208 R2)
July 17-19: Rally Estonia Craig Breen (208T16); Diogo Gago (208 R2)
August 28-30: Barum Czech Rally Zlin Craig Breen; Charles Martin (208T16); Diogo Gago (208 R2)
September 25-27: Cyprus Rally Craig Breen (208T16)
October 9-11: Rally of Greece Craig Breen; Charles Martin (208T16)
November 5-7: Tour de Corse (France) Craig Breen (208T16)
November 27-29: Var (France) : Charles Martin (208T16)