After Thursday evening’s ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay, the crews were up very early on Friday morning for day one of Wales Rally GB. The cars headed south after leaving Deeside at5.30am. Following a 130km road section, the competitors set off in the fog on the opening stage, Myherin. 32km of wet roads later, an initial pecking took shape. All at something of a disadvantage due to their position in the running order, the Abu Dhabi Total WRT crews experienced contrasting fortunes. Craig Breen was immediately up in fourth position.
In the opening few kilometres of the second pass on Myherin, Craig went off the road. After rolling his car several times, he was forced to retire
After Craig Breen made it back to the service park, the team examined his car with a view to him rejoining on Saturday under Rally2 rules. Unfortunately, the car was too badly damaged and so Craig had to retire from the rally altogether.
“We had a good morning; the level of performance was enough to put me in the top five. I still had a bit of moment at one point so I was trying to get the balance right between pushing and being cautious. I wanted to use what we had learned during the first pass this afternoon, but we were a bit unlucky on SS5. The car skidded and the front hit a bank on the inside of a corner. We did several rolls and we weren’t then able to get away again under own steam. It’s frustrating, but these things happen in rallying.”