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    Breen’s “confidence nonetheless excessive” after WRC testing crash

    The brand new M-Sport Ford signing noticed his Monte Carlo pre-event check this week reduce quick after clipping a bridge parapet, which despatched his Ford Puma off the street and right into a roll down a 15 metre drop, earlier than coming to relaxation on its roof.

    Fortunately Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle have been capable of escape from the cockpit unharmed and M-Sport was capable of retrieve the automotive from the mountainside with a crane and full an in a single day restore.

    Regardless of the incident, Breen says his confidence hasn’t been knocked with the 31-year-old keen to start his first full-season in WRC’s high tier.

    “Truthfully talking I nonetheless really feel fairly good, maybe well-known final phrases,” mentioned Breen on the WRC’s official season launch.

    “Actually the final remark I made to Paul [Nagle] earlier than we set out on that run was ‘all the things feels superb and I really feel actually assured’, after which that occurred.

    “However truthfully the accident as a lot because it was a bit intestine wrenching understanding the hassle that has gone in to organize the automotive, it was one thing very, very unfortunate.

    “It wasn’t like I arrived right into a nook a gear too excessive and ran out of street. It was a sequence of unlucky occasions that led us to going off the street, however confidence continues to be excessive.

    Ford Puma Rally1 livery

    Ford Puma Rally1 livery

    Picture by: Drew Gibson

    “The work that has gone in has been so intense by everyone behind the scenes from M-Sport and Ford Efficiency and I feel the thrill continues to be retaining that confidence excessive and that anticipation.

    “I can’t wait to get going, I nonetheless really feel good.”

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    M-Sport unveiled the ultimate iteration of its Puma that includes a brand new daring livery on the launch forward of the WRC’s voyage into a brand new Rally1 hybrid period.

    The British squad will discipline 4 Pumas in Monte Carlo with Breen joined by Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith, which is able to contend the total season.

    The latter gained’t be eligible to attain producer factors subsequent weekend.

    The fourth Puma will probably be pushed by nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb after securing a cope with the crew for Monte Carlo solely because it stands. Loeb is ready to check the Puma at the moment in France, contemporary off the again of ending second on the Dakar Rally.

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