Corsica ERC: Kubica takes lead after Breen mistake

Robert Kubica leads the Tour of Corsica after a mistake from Craig Breen eradicated the Peugeot driver's comfortable advantage

Corsica ERC: Kubica takes lead after Breen mistake

Breen had stretched his advantage to 26 seconds by claiming a third straight stage win as the event resumed after service on Barchetta on Friday afternoon.

But on the following Taverna stage, Breen ran wide and hit a bank, sustaining a puncture.

The Irishman was utterly despondent as he lost over a minute while nursing the damaged car to the stage finish.

Kubica came through fastest, not only taking the lead, but stretching his margin over Bryan Bouffier and Jan Kopecky in what is now a very close lead battle.

The Pole's Citroen is seven seconds ahead of Bouffier's Peugeot, with Kopecky's Skoda less than a second and a half further back.

Breen continued in fifth place, 56s off the lead and 18s behind fourth-placed Stephane Sarrazin's Mini.

Leading positions after SS4:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car            Time/Gap
 1.  Robert Kubica         Citroen             57m09.3s
 2.  Bryan Bouffier        Delta Peugeot         + 7.5s
 3.  Jan Kopecky           Skoda                 + 8.8s
 4.  Stephane Sarrazin     First Mini           + 38.9s
 5.  Craig Breen           Sainteloc Peugeot    + 56.7s
 6.  Francois Delecour     Kronos Peugeot     + 1m18.1s
 7.  Julien Maurin         Ford               + 1m25.0s
 8.  Jean-Marc Manzagol    Delta Peugeot      + 2m17.0s
 9.  Jean-Mathieu Leandri  Sainteloc Peugeot  + 2m40.1s
10.  Lorenzo Bertelli      Ford               + 2m49.4s
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