Tour de Corse

16th May 2013 - 18th May 2013


With a route covering large chunks of the Mediterranean island, the rally is now a proper ‘Tour of Corsica’ again having been contained around Ajaccio during the latter years of its WRC tenure. Known as the ‘Rally of 10,000 Corners’ due to its high frequency of turns.

This year will be Craig's second time to take on the event, last year he recorded a 6th place finish.

Event Updates

  • Peugeot (B)

    Most stage wins
    Friday afternoon saw Craig Breen claim a fourth fastest time from the day’s six stages which enabled him to recover a footing on the overnight podium. Fickle weather returned for Saturday’s action near Ajaccio and, running on ‘hard’ tyres in damp conditions, the back of Craig’s car swiped a bridge parapet on SS7.

    That cost him another 30 or so seconds and dropped him from the top three, although not for long. With two stages remaining, the Peugeot Rally Academy was back up to third, six-tenths of a second clear of Stéphane Sarrazin. In the end, however, he was squeezed off the podium by a margin of 3.2s. With four fastest times to his name, Craig Breen completed the rally in fourth spot and consolidated his second place in the provisional European championship standings.Meanwhile, his combativeness was rewarded with the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy at the end of the rally.

    Craig BREEN: “There were highs and lows this weekend. On the positive side, we were the fastest crew on Day 1, even though this was only our second attempt at this very difficult rally. The second leg didn’t go so well. We made a poor tyre choice for the first loop of three stages. If we wanted to stand a chance of making up for lost ground, we needed to opt for different tyres compared with those of our rivals. Unfortunately, SS7 was still damp and I was on ‘hard’ rubber… My next event is Ypres which is another highly specific rally that will be completely new to me. I will be counting a great deal on the experience of my co-driver Paul Nagle who won the Belgian event in 2009 alongside Kris Meeke.”
  • Peugeot (A)

    The 56th running of the ‘Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse’, round five of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, was marked by unsettled weather which made the island’s stages particularly treacherous. The Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen collected the highest number of stage wins, but team-mate Jérémi Ancian failed to finish. Bryan Bouffier earned victory for Peugeot.

    Craig Breen: early pace-setter It was raining heavily at the start in Calvi on Friday morning as crews chose their tyres for the first two stages of the 2013 Tour de Corse. Craig Breen opted for the ‘soft’-compound version of the new Michelin Pilot Sport and went on to claim the opening test. He followed that up with another win on SS2, plus a third on SS3 which allowed him to consolidate his early lead. He then dropped time on the next stage, however… “I was a bit too wide out of a corner shortly after the start of SS4 and the rear-right corner of my Peugeot 207 S2000 hit a bank, causing the tyre to puncture. I lost around a minute-and-a-half but I made it to the finish, ” related Craig at the following service halt in Corte. The incident dropped the Irishman to fifth overall. At this point, he was the only surviving member of the Peugeot Rally Academy, after Jérémi Ancian, who fell back two minutes after a puncture on SS1, was side-lined by an ‘off’ two stages later. His Peugeot 207 S2000 was too damaged for him to be able to re-start on Day 2.
  • 4th after Massive Push

    Craig pushed his Peugeot as much as possible over the final stage pulling 4.7 seconds from Stephane but it wasnt to be. 4th in the end but one of Craigs most impressive drives of the year.
  • SS10 Interview

  • SS10 Down to 4th

    On the penultimate stage Craig has dropped back behind Sarrazin. Going into the final stage the gap between the two is 7.9 sec
  • New Rear Bumper

    New Rear Bumper
  • Eurosport SS8 Interview

    View on YouTube
  • SS9 back to 3rd

    Craig has regain 3rd on SS9 with a faster time than Sarrazin. Crews go to service now
  • SS8 Times

    Craig remains 4th but has narrowed the gap to Stephane SARRAZIN on the stage. the difference between the two now is just 3.4sec

    Craig at stage end said, "2 hard + 2 soft tyres was a bad choice, but it was my decision. The car was sliding a lot"
  • SS8 LIVE on Eurosport

    SS8 Sarrola - Liamone 1 is LIVE on Eurosport at 12:00 cet - 11:00 Irish time
  • SS7 Running Repairs

    SS7 Running Repairs
  • SS7 Interview

  • SS7 Craig drops time

    Craig drops time on SS7 and drops to 4th overall
  • Saturday Start Order

    Top 10 Start Order for the Final Day

    1.Germain BONNEFIS (FRA) / Olivier FOURNIER (FRA)
    2.Andreas AIGNER (AUT) / Jurgen HEIGL (AUT)
    3.Jean-Mathieu LEANDRI (FRA) / Renaud JAMOUL (BEL)
    4.Jean-Marc MANZAGOL (FRA) / Etienne PATRONE (FRA)
    5.Julien MAURIN (FRA) / Nicolas KLINGER (FRA)
    6.Francois DELECOUR (FRA) / Dominique SAVIGNONI (FRA)
    7.Stéphane SARRAZIN (FRA) / Jacques Julien RENUCCI (FRA)
    8.Craig BREEN (IRL) / Paul NAGLE (IRL)
    9.Bryan BOUFFIER (FRA) / Xavier PANSERI (FRA)
    10.Jan KOPECKY (CZE) / Pavel DRESLER (CZE)
  • SS 7 Weather

    Report from the end of SS7 is that its now fine but there has been rain overnight and the road is wet!
  • Sat Morning Service

  • Saturday Start List

    Sat Start List

  • Saturday Schedule

    All times are CET

    09:30 Service C
    10:48 SS 7 Carbuccia - Tavera 1 16.89km
    12:06 SS 8 Sarrola - Liamone 1 26.7km
    13:37 SS 9 Marato - Acqua Doria 22.47km

    15:37 Service D

    16:40 SS 10 Carbuccia - Tavera 2 16.89km
    18:06 SS 11 Sarrola - Liamone 2 26.7 km

    19:19 Service E
  • SS 6 Interview

  • 3rd overnight

    Kopecky sets 15:32.7, Craig +0.1, Delecour +26.5, Bouffier +7.4

    Craigs quote from end of stage, "We made a gamble with the tyres but it didnt rain. Paul and I can hold our heads high today."

    Craig 3rd overnight, full day-one report to follow.
  • SS 6 Update

    Stage LIVE! on Eurosport and reports coming that its raining on the stage
  • The Irish Boys

    The Irish Boys
  • SS5 fight back

    After the puncture on SS4, Craig fights back on SS5 with fastest time. Robert Kubica sustained a engine prob and has dropped 6 minutes. Bouffier now leads, Craig back up to third.
  • Service interview

    Craig spoke to in Service

    What actually happened on stage 4? “It was a left corner, maybe two kilometres form the start. There had been a delay of about five to 10 minutes starting the stage and the temperature of the tyres had gone down. There were some fast and medium-speed corners at the beginning of the stage and the car felt like it was okay. But that was the first corner where we were really loading the car. I went into the corner at the perfect speed, braked early and came off the brakes, turned, everything was perfect but I just lost the rear of the car halfway round and we touched the bank. The right-rear tyre went down and we had to drive 10 kilometres on the rim.”

    You did well not to lose more time then? “We had to go as hard as we could, put it like that.”

    Can you fight back? “We’re a minute and a bit down. We’ll put a big push on and see what that brings. But I’m really, really happy with my speed, that was the most important thing.”

    What are your feelings now? “I am absolutely devastated. Its obviously not the lowest but its one of the lowest points of my career.”
  • 5th after Puncture

    As the crews reach service B Craig and Paul are 5th O/A
  • Puncture on SS4

    Bad luck for Craig on SS4, at the end of the stage Craog said,"I made a mistake. I ran too fast in a corner."

    after Craig suffering the puncture he has dropped to 4th. Kubica takes over as rally leader, Bouffier 2nd +7.5, Kopecky is third +8.8 seconds.

    Craig now 5th +56.7sec adrift
  • SS4 Delayed

    Because of big numbers of spectators on SS4 is delayed
  • Service 1 Image 4

    Service 1 Image 4
  • Service 1 Image 3

    Service 1 Image 3
  • Service 1 Image 2

    Service 1 Image 2
  • Service 1 Image 1

    Service 1 Image 1
  • SS 3 Interview

  • Craig fastest AGAIN

    Hat trick of fastest stage times for Craig on SS3.

    Craig 15:36.2, Bouffier +6.4, Kubica +6.9, Kopecky +8.8

    Craig ahead of Kubica by 26.4 O/A
  • SS3 Craig's time

    Craig sets 15:45 +8.8 Kopecty and Delecour +34.3
    Times still coming in...
  • SS3 Weather update

    Kris Meeke - 00 car: SS3 conditions: "Rain at the start but immediatly the road starts to dry out"
  • SS2. Craig extends lead

    SS2 24.57km Craig reported it to be very hairy at times as he was running a 2 hard & 2 soft tyre combination. Breen FASTEST, Kopecky +3.4, Boufier +7.5, Kubica +8.0, Craig leads Kubica by 19.5sec REGROUP &SERVICE NOW
  • Fastest on SS1

    Great start for Craig and Paul on the opening stage setting the fastest time of 16.29
    Kubica +11.5, Bouffier +17.8, Kopecky +22.2, Sarrazin +23.7, Delecour +28.0

    Times still coming in. Long way to go
  • New Craig fan

    New Craig fan
  • Wet Roads This Morning

    Wet Roads This Morning
  • Fri Morning Before Start

  • Friday Stage Schedule

    All times listed are CET

    08:23 SS 1 Le Fangu - ND de la Serra 27.53km
    11:06 SS 2 Erbajolo - Pont dAltiani 1 24.57km

    12:45 Service A

    14:18 SS 3 Barchetta - La Porta 1 23.24km
    15:21 SS 4 Taverna - Pont de Castirla 15.28km

    16:37 Service B

    18:01 SS 5 Barchetta - La Porta 2 23.24 km
    20:06 SS 6 Erbajolo - Pont dAltiani 2 24.57km
  • Tour de Corse Test Video

  • Live Results Links

    Live Results – FIAERC Website

    Link to Mobile results to your phone

    ERC Rally Radio

  • Friday Start List

    Start List

  • Thursday in Corsica

    Crews contesting round five of the FIA European Rally Championship are completing their final preparations for the all-asphalt contest, which begins with a ceremonial start in Calvi this evening.

    With two days of reconnaissance now complete, the current focus is on finalising car set-up for 11-stage event, a task that has been complicated by the forecast of heavy rain throughout Friday’s opening leg.

    There will be an official photograph session featuring all drivers and co-drivers contesting the 56th running of Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse at the Citadelle in Calvi this evening.
  • Eurosport Live Coverage

    The FIA European Rally Championship resumes with the legendary Tour de Corse next week and four stages will be broadcast live.

    Live transmission the two runs through Erbajolo-Pont dAltiani on Friday and the two runs of the Sarrola–Liamone stage on Saturday.

    Erbajolo-Pont dAltiani forms stages two and six. There will be one hour of live coverage of both runs from 11:00hrs-12:00hrs CET and from 20:00hrs-21:00hrs CET.

    Sarrola–Liamone counts as stage eight and the final stage of the ERC qualifier. Again, there will be one hour of live coverage of both runs from 12:00hrs-13:00hrs and 18:00hrs-19:00hrs.

    Coverage will be shown Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Eurosport Player and France 3 Corsica. Go to the Watch it on TV section of for more details.
  • Event Itinerary

    Rally Itinerary

  • Entry List

    Stunning Tour de Corse entry underlines continued ERC rise

    The FIA European Rally Championship continues to go from strength to strength with a star-studded entry list for round five, Tour de Corse.

    Fifty-eight registrations have been accepted for the island classic from 16-18 May, with rally crews from 18 different countries and 32 undertaking ERC campaigns. The entry is the event’s highest since 2008 and demonstrates the continued rise in popularity of the ERC, revamped by new promoter Eurosport Events.

    Entry List

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