Breen gets help from above
Irishman Craig Breen says that he was guided by two inspirations who are no longer with us – Frank Meagher and Gareth Roberts – when he won the Acropolis Rally on the debut of the Peugeot 208T16 in the ERC.
Frank Meagher, killed in a testing accident in 2002, was the last Irishman to win a round of the European Rally Championship, while Gareth Roberts died co-driving on the Targa Florio with Breen in 2012.
Breen said: “Frank Meagher's was my absolute idol: he was all I aspired to and I looked up to him like a God-like figure when I was a kid. So for me to be the next Irish person to win a round of the European championship… we're a small enough country and we're on our knees at the minute so it's nice to take some good news back there.”
Roberts, known as ‘Jaffa’, was also at the forefront of Breen’s thoughts during the Acropolis.
“I can even remember myself and Gareth in Sicily asking ourselves: how do we get on the pace of these boys, how long's it going to take until we can be leading one of these events?” said Breen after the finish in Loutraki.
“On the Friday evening before the accident I can remember saying: if we can just keep plugging away, we'll get there some day because we're not too far away. A couple of years later and here we are. It’s an amazing feeling.”