Team will participate in honour of Craig Breen
Hyundai Motorsport confirms it will compete in the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Croatia Rally, with a two-car entry following the accident in pre-event testing in which Craig Breen lost his life.
This decision to participate was reached after careful consideration, which included discussions with Craig’s family, his co-driver James, and Hyundai Motorsport’s crews and team members.
His family and James confirmed it was their wish that the team competes in Croatia in honour of Craig.
Our Team Principal Cyril said: “After careful consideration involving all stakeholders, we have decided to participate in Croatia Rally. We will do this in memory of Craig, to honour him, his passion for rallying and his competitive spirit.”
“We will enter two cars and withdraw the third entry as a mark of respect. Both cars will run with a special livery for Craig, his family, friends and fans. It is clear from speaking to everyone that the best way to honour Craig’s legacy was not to withdraw our entry, so we participate mindful of our lost team-mate, friend and incredible competitor.”
The two Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid crews will be Thierry/Martijn and Esapekka/Janne.
Q&A with Cyril
How much consideration was given to withdrawing from Croatia Rally?
“Very careful consideration was given when making this decision. It was clear from the feedback given by all who knew Craig well that participating would be the best way to honour him. We consulted with the family and they have endorsed this approach.”
What is the reasoning for the special livery?
“We are contesting this rally primarily to honour Craig and his incredible life and talent. Craig was a proud Irishman and passionate representative of the Irish rally community so the livery will represent the colours of the Irish flag in his memory.”