Peugeot gives Craig Breen European Rally Championship bid lifeline

Craig Breen's European Rally Championship aspirations have been handed a lifeline, as AUTOSPORT has learned that Peugeot will send a 208 T16 to the Cyprus Rally for him

Peugeot gives Craig Breen European Rally Championship bid lifeline

The ERC's final gravel event of the season was not part of Breen's original programme, but Breen's crash on last weekend's Rally Zlin has left Skoda's Esapekka Lappi almost certain to clinch the 2014 title.

A single Peugeot entry for Breen for the September 19-21 Cyprus event will help maintain interest in the championship fight, but the Irishman will have to win every one of the three remaining rounds to sustain his increasingly remote title hopes.

Breen declined to comment on his expected presence in Cyprus, but said: "The last two championships I've won have gone down to the wire, so this is quite a familiar story."

Although Breen is 53 points down on Lappi in third in the ERC drivers' championship, he has one more scoring opportunity than the Fabia-driving Finn under the series' system.

Lappi's team-mate Sepp Wiegand is second, 19 points adrift of the top spot.

Breen missed out on a golden opportunity to close the gap when he crashed out in the Czech Republic.

"It was there for the winning," said Breen, "and it would have closed the championship right up again.

"I'm so disappointed. But we have to look forward."

Asphalt rallies in Switzerland and Corsica conclude this year's ERC after Cyprus.

VIDEO: BREEN'S ZLIN CRASH

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