It was a turbulent Welsh weekend for Craig Breen and Paul Nagle.
Starting the weekend with some impressive times, the Irish crew had a lucky escape on Saturday when they rolled their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in the Myherin stage.
Thankfully, they were unharmed and could keep the car going, but a cracked windscreen hampered their progress.
“Saturday was really disappointing,” said Craig. “Without that mistake I think we could have been fighting at the front. It has been a pleasure to be part of this rally with the Hyundai Motorsport team, with a fantastic car and on the incredible Wales Rally GB stages. We might wonder what could have been possible results-wise, but whatever has happened it’s certainly given me a lot of motivation.”
They recovered to finish eighth overall. They now face an anxious week as Rally Australia entries close next Monday and at the time of going to press Hyundai Motorsport had yet to announce its three-car team for the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship which takes place between November 14 and 17.
Team boss Andrea Adamo was being coy at the Sunday evening press conference in Wales despite the team topping the manufacturers’ standings with just Spain and Australia left to run.
“We complete Wales Rally GB with another podium and still leading the manufacturers’ championship. I can’t say we are happy with the overall result but being top of the standings will give us more commitment, if any more were needed, to be stronger in the final rallies,” he said.