Irish rally driver Craig Breen has tragically passed away following a testing accident with Hyundai in Poland. The incident occurred as Breen was preparing for Rally Croatia, which is set to take place next week. This unexpected and heart-wrenching news has sent shockwaves through the World Rally Championship (WRC) community and beyond.
Hyundai Confirms Craig Breen’s Passing
Hyundai released a statement on Thursday confirming the devastating news of Breen’s passing. “Hyundai Motorsport is deeply saddened to confirm that driver Craig Breen today lost his life following an accident during the pre-event test for Croatia Rally,” the statement read. Fortunately, his co-driver James Fulton was unharmed in the incident that occurred just after midday local time.
The WRC Mourns Craig Breen’s Loss
Breen was highly regarded in the WRC community, and his sudden passing has left his fellow drivers and fans alike in mourning. Hyundai Motorsport expressed its sincerest condolences to Craig’s family, friends, and fans. As a mark of respect, the WRC has announced that Rally Croatia will proceed as scheduled, but with a shortened route of 16 stages instead of the original 20.
Craig Breen’s Rally Career
Craig Breen had a successful rally career, having won various titles and achieved several podium finishes. He was the third driver for Hyundai, having returned to the brand this year after parting ways with M-Sport Ford. In his debut with Hyundai, he finished second in Rally Sweden, his best position in a world championship event. Breen had also finished second previously in Sweden 2018, Estonia 2020 and 2021, Belgium 2021, and Sardinia 2022.
The Legacy Craig Breen Leaves Behind
Craig Breen’s sudden and tragic passing has left a deep void in the WRC community. His tenacity, skill, and sportsmanship on and off the track have made him a beloved figure in the world of rally racing. While he may no longer be with us, his legacy will continue to inspire young drivers and fans of the sport for years to come. The WRC community will undoubtedly remember Breen as a champion on and off the track.