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Craig Breen


Craig Breen

About Craig

A second-generation rally driver, self-confessed fan and aficionado, ex-karter Craig secured the WRC Academy and SWRC titles in 2011 and 2012 before joining the Peugeot Rally Academy for a long and successful stint in the ERC. That led to a part-programme with Citroën in the WRC for 2016. He didn’t disappoint with a podium in Finland and fifth place in Corsica. Five top-five WRC finishes followed in 2017 before Craig returned to the podium in Sweden in early 2018. With opportunities limited to continue at world level in 2019, Craig switched his focus to contesting a mixed programme of national and international rallies – and in different types of car to widen his experience. Along the way he won two classics, Sanremo and Ypres, and made his WRC debut for Hyundai in Finland where he finished seventh for the team. The Irishman claimed his first WRC podium for Hyundai a year later, finishing in second place at Rally Estonia 2020.

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Career

2020

Two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (2)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Estonia
Final classification: 9th

2019

Two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (2)
Best result: 7th overall, Rally Finland
Final classification: 14th

2018

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (11)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Sweden
Final classification: 11th

2017

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (11)
Best result: 5th overall, Rally Monte-Carlo, Rally Sweden, Tour de Corse, Rally Portugal, Rally Finland, Rallye Deutschland
Final classification: 10th

2016

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (6)
Best result: 3rd overall, Rally Finland
Final classification: 10th

2015

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship 2 (7)
Best result: 2nd in class, Rallye Monte-Carlo, Wales Rally GB
Final classification: 9th

Several rounds of the European Rally Championship (9)
Best result: 1st overall, Rally Liepāja, Circuit of Ireland, Rallye Açores
Final classification: 2nd

2014

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (2)
Best result: 9th, Rally Sweden
Final classification: 25th

Several rounds of the European Rally Championship (9)
Best result: 1st overall, Acropolis Rally
Final classification: 3rd

2013

Several rounds of the European Rally Championship (8)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Liepāja Ventspils, Rally Islas Canarias, Rallye Açores
Final classification: 3rd

2012

Several rounds of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (7)
Best result: 1st in class, Rallye Monte-Carlo, Wales Rally GB, Rallye de France – Alsace, Rally Catalunya
Final classification: 1st

2011

Several rounds of the WRC Academy (6)
Best result: 1st in class, Rallye Deutschland, Wales Rally GB
Final classification: 1st

Q&A

Q1.Who is your motorsport idol?

Frank Meagher, an Irish rally driver who unfortunately was killed in an accident in 2002.

Q2.What are your hobbies?

I like to cycle and run. Living in Andorra I have a lot of possibilities to do all kinds of training with my bike. I also like classic Rally Cars, I hope one day to be able to start a collection.

Q3.What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

I have a sister that lives in Perth, Australia, and honestly it’s one of, if not my favourite place to go on holiday. There is so much to like about that part of the world! But those that know me know that my true ideal destination is at Rally Legend in San Marino each year!

Q4.Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

I have absolutely no idea. My whole life has been around motorsport. If It wasn’t in rally, then more than likely in another form of motorsport as I started my career in karting and I feel I had equally as much potential to continue in racing than in rally.

Q5.What is your favourite food?

Mammy’s Roast Dinner!

Q6.Describe yourself in 3 words

Committed, passionate, fun.

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Personal data

Birthday:

2. Feb 1990

Place of birth:

Slieverue (IRL)

Nationality:

Irish

Interests:

Cycling, Running, and classic Rally cars

WRC Facts

First Event:

Rally Portugal (2009)

Co-Driver:
With Hyundai:

Since 2019

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