CRAIG BREEN HOLDS ONTO TOP 5 SPOT

20th May 2017

CRAIG BREEN HOLDS ONTO TOP 5 SPOT
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After a very closely contested opening leg, the positions settled down and the gaps stretched between the crews on day two of Rally de Portugal. Continuing their solid race, Craig and Scott ended the day fifth overall. All four Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT crews remain in the race ahead of Sunday's final sprint.



- The longest day of the weekend took the crews to the east of Porto. The leg featured two runs on a loop consisting of three stages. 



Craig and Scott began the day in fifth place, after the stewards adjusted Thierry Neuville's time on SS7, moving the Belgian up to fourth. On the first stage of the day, the no.8 C3 WRC crew's lack of knowledge of the event proved costly, as they lost a position. 



On the next two speed tests, Craig took advantage of a couple of racing incidents to move up the overall standings. He made it to the mid-leg service in fourth position, 46.2s behind the leader. The second pass on the stages proved to be trickier for Craig Breen. On Amarante 2 (37.55km), the Irishman paid the price for a mistake with his tyre choice. He opted for a mix of soft and hard compound Michelin LTX Force tyres, but as the rear tyres became worn, he spun, losing around twenty seconds in the process. Ott Tänak took advantage to move ahead of him into fourth position by 2.8s.



Tomorrow, the Rally de Portugal's final leg will take the crews onto roads around Fafe. The legendary speed test will host the Power Stage.


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