Over the last four years Craig Breen has made it into the pages of The Finest on numerous occasions with his Rallying exploits all over the world. As a young Irish Rally star at the top of his game The Finest caught up with Craig to have a quick chat about cars, sure why not!
Q: When did you first start driving and what car did you drive.
A: I first started driving cars back in 2007, it was a Honda Civic.
Q: What are you currently driving?
A: At the moment I am driving a DS3
Q: What matters to you when you choose a car and how do you look after it?
A: I don’t think I have actually ever owned a car myself. The DS3 I am driving at the moment is part of my contract in that Citroen France is a company car. Ok I think I once owned a Ford fiesta.
Q: How important is your car to your work and social life?
A: The most important things that come to mind are getting to the airport and going to the gym. I would say that the comfort of the car, obviously, the reliability of it are very important, that goes without saying.
Q: Would you fix your appearance while driving your car?
A: No! definitely not. If I had to worry about what people think of how I look personally I would say I am in the wrong business.
Q: Would you lend your car to a family member, friend or colleague?
A: I could if I wanted to, but I am under contract so the car isn’t actually mine. I suppose if they are insured and need it to pop down to the shop or something. The DS3 is a left-hand drive and that may give people here in Ireland an issue as most cars are right hand drive. In fact, all Rally cars are actually left hand drive at a professional level I mean. It is possible that you would find right-hand drive cars at amateur level, but on the pro circuit all cars are left.
Q: If money was no object what car would you drive?
A: That’s a good question, I am actually not that pushed as I am around new cars all the time. I get to drive nice cars anyway! I really like the DS3 that I am currently driving and I will try hard to hang on to that one. I have been told that a Citroen C5 touring is on its way to me and that also sounds like it would be ideal for me.
Q: What advice would you give to young men about motoring?
A: The road in general is a dangerous place, I do a lot of high speed driving in a properly secured car within a controlled environment during training. As you all know I have only recently had personal experience of having been involved in a tragic incident. The problem with driving too fast is that when you are travelling at speed things can go very badly very quickly.
Q: Do you wear trainers while driving?
A: Whatever is handy at the front door to be honest.
Q: Would you consider using your professional credentials to avoid a parking ticket?
A: Well I suppose you would have to give anything a try once.