Rally Sweden: Three Irish crews to re-start on Saturday  morning

Rally Sweden: Three Irish crews to re-start on Saturday  morning

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will re-start Rally Sweden on Saturday morning.

Their Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid has been returned to the Umea service park where his M Sport mechanics are working to re-prepare the car for Saturday.

Breen blamed a frozen windscreen – caused by a jammed on washer pump – as a contributing factor in the second incident that put him out of the rally.

There is not a lot of damage to the car – mainly cosmetic –  and will be on the start-line. However, the Irish crew will start first on the road for the day’s-six stage which is far from ideal on a snow rally.  The road position will also depend on if Ott Tanak will re-start too. He retired his Hyundai late today with a Hybrid issue.

Their only hope for World Rally Championship points at this stage will come on Sunday’s power-stage and they will be driving tomorrow with that in mind

Eamonn Boland and MJ Morrisey suffered a crankshaft pulley failure on SS3 in their Ford Fiesta Rally 2.

The offending unit is not replaced and they will be back out tomorrow morning.

“Everything was grand until the end of stage 3, the crankshaft pulley broke. Back out tomorrow,” MJ told Kerry Motorsport News. “We feel sorry for Craig and Paul, shit happens.”

Josh McErlean James Fulton were another crew in the wars today. They found another Swedish snowbank and got stranded ending their fine run which included leading the WRC 2 Junior class. They will “reset for tomorrow.”

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