Making his second appearance at the now annual Chatsworth Rally Show spectacular Craig Breen thrilled rally enthusiasts from across the UK and Europe as he put his Kick Energy Ford Fiesta S2000 through it’s pace at the weekend in the midlands town of Chesterfield. 12 Months ago the young Waterford driver was there to take part in the Fiesta shootout but a year on he returned as one of the star attractions for the two day event. “It’s great to be back here again in Chatsworth, I don’t have championship points to worry about this weekend, and we all can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. I’m delighted to attend this year as the event sponsor Kick Energy also form a major part of my own sponsorship team” said the 2009 multiple championship winner on Saturday morning before the action got under way.
There was a late doubt about his participation as his Fiesta’s suffered engine failure just a week prior at the Jim Clark but this problem was sorted and over the two day’s the Kick Energy Fiesta excited ecstatic rally fans over the 1 mile stage time and time again.
Over the course of the two day’s the young Irish talent also got to take the wheel of the 2007 Ford Focus WRC, 2007 Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1974 Lancia Stratos owned by his and event sponsor Mr. Steve Perez but the car that gave Craig the most pleasure and exhilaration was the 1975 Datson 240Z Safari Rallycar. “Last season I drove the ST and R2 Fiesta models and we then moved to the S2000 for this season, I’ve also driven my Dad’s WRC Ford Focus and the current WRC Ford Focus at M-Sport but to drive the Datson was unbelievable. The growl from underneath the bonnet and no power steering makes it a totally different beast come paired to what I’m used to driving but I just love it.”
Craig and Gareth will return to serious action next week when the Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally Championship resumes in Letterkenny with the Donegal International.
After their third overall in Killarney (Rally of the Lakes) Craig is only five points off top shot and hold third overall.