Loeb’s departure opens door for Breen and Nagle
Two Hyundai Motorsport announcements in the last week could pave the way for Craig Breen and Paul Nagle’s fulltime return to the World Rally Championship. #
The Irish team have been working part time with the Germany-based Korean team for the last two seasons.
Already this year they have driven on both the Swedish and Estonian World Rally events, their second place in the latter event last month is an Irish record at world level.
Last week they were named as the third Hyundai crew for Ypres Rally Belgium, the seventh round of this year’s WRC which is scheduled for next month.
The same day Hyundai also announced it was to terminate its two-year deal with nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. Breen, Loeb and Spanish driver Dani Sordo have been sharing the third factory car for the last two seasons.
While nothing is confirmed Breen and Nagle could contest more WRC rallies next year, even if they share the third car with Sordo but championship insiders say the fulltime seat will be made available to the Kerry/Waterford paring following next month’s Ypres event in Belgium
They won the Belgian classic last June (the 2020 event has been postponed as a result of the pandemic) at the wheel of a Bernard Munster Racing Volkswagen Polo R5 and Breen has won November national rallies in Belgium which will give him essential knowledge of the road conditions that can be expected next month.
“I am delighted to get the call up for Ypres Rally Belgium with Hyundai Motorsport. I really enjoyed last year’s event, when I got a victory, myself and Paul, when it was held in the summertime in conditions that I imagine are very different to what we’ll see in November. I am looking forward to my first tarmac rally with the team.” said Breen.