The keenly-awaited international debut of the new 208 T16 was rewarded with the first victory of its career! The Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen took the win on the Greek European Rally Championship round, 30 years after the first success of the famous 205 T16.
In 1984, Peugeot claimed a landmark victory on the second stage of the Tour de Corse, with Ari Vatanen in the 205 T16. Three decades later, the Peugeot Rally Academy’s Kevin Abbring marked the first international appearance of the new 208 T16 with the fastest time on the SS2 stage. It was a case of history repeating itself, but it was only the beginning of the new car’s adventure on the legendary Acropolis Rally which it went on to win outright. The mixed-surface format made the Greek round one of the most complex of the year, and a combination of rain and dry weather only added to the challenge that awaited the Peugeot pair.
Ireland’s Craig Breen, who is co-driven by Scott Martin, contributed to the 208 T16’s development, so he was as aware as anybody how much the new car represented a serious trump card as competitors lined up for the start of the notorious Acropolis Rally.
He went on to claim four stages (SS3, SS6, SS7 and SS11) and eased ahead on SS6 following the retirement of his team-mate Kevin Abbring and went on to win by a margin of 8.1s. Not only did the result bring Breen the first major international victory of his career, but it was also the first win for the Peugeot Rally Academy and the 208 T16.