Acropolis ERC: Craig Breen wins on Peugeot 208 T16's debut

Craig Breen gave Peugeot's new 208 T16 victory on its European Rally Championship debut in the Acropolis Rally, taking his own maiden series win in the process

Acropolis ERC: Craig Breen wins on Peugeot 208 T16's debut

Peugeot's latest car led the entire event, with Breen's Sainteloc team-mate Kevin Abbring on top initially before a water leak halted him halfway through leg one.

Breen kept the battling Bryan Bouffier and Kajetan Kajetanowicz at arm's length for the rest of the former World Rally Championship event, which this year ran on asphalt initially before returning to its traditional gravel base for the final leg.

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Although Breen already has WRC Academy and WRC2 titles to his name, his win in Greece was the highest-level outright triumph of his career so far.

PH Sport Citroen driver Bouffier and M-Sport Poland's Kajetanowicz were neck-and-neck for much of the rally, before Bouffier pulled clear on the final afternoon in a final bid to chase down Breen.

Works Skoda man Esapekka Lappi lacked the pace to join the podium fight and finished fourth, with Bruno Magalhaes fifth on his return to top-level rallying after a two-year absence.

Leading finishers after SS13: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Craig Breen Sainteloc Peugeot 2h21m20.2s 2. Bryan Bouffier PH Citroen +8.1s 3. Kajetan Kajetanowicz M-Sport Poland Ford +42.1s 4. Esapekka Lappi Skoda +1m33.0s 5. Bruno Magalhaes Delta Peugeot +4m40.0s 6. Vasily Gryazin SRT Ford +6m11.8s 7. Jaroslav Orsak Orsak Skoda +7m51.2s 8. Jean-Michel Raoux Raoux Peugeot +9m08.6s 9. Jaromir Tarabus Czech Skoda +9m18.4s 10. Robert Consani Delta Peugeot +9m52.9s 
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