Breen and Nagle hopeful of Arctic Rally Lapland entry
Paul Nagle and Craig Breen’s 2021 World Rally Championship campaign looks certain to get underway on next month’s Arctic Rally Lapland.
The new rally has been confirmed by the WRC promoter as the all-snow replacement for the now-cancelled Rally Sweden.
The Irish team are due to contest six of the 12 rounds of this year’s championship with the Hyundai Motorsport World Rally team.
They were scheduled to tackle Rally Sweden until that got called off due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.
While it has yet to be confirmed by the Germany-based team it seems certain that their Rally Sweden entry will transfer to the Rovaniemi-based rally from February 26 to 28.
Rovaniemi, the capital of Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, lies just outside the Arctic Circle. The competition will take place inside the region, where temperatures can plunge below -30°C in February.
The city is famously known as the home of Santa Claus and attracts high tourist numbers to view the stunning Aurora Borealis displays – better known as the Northern Lights.
The rally will be a ‘copy and paste’ of last weekend’s Arctic Rally, a Finnish championship round, that was won by Toyota’s Juho Hänninen.
Breen and Nagle’s Hyundai teammate Oliver Solberg and his Irish co-driver Aaron Johnson finished third in their i20 Coupe R5. His result will provide much-needed data for the WRC counter next month.
The entry list for Arctic Rally Lapland will be announced in the next few weeks,
The third Hyundai i20 Coupe World Rally Car is to be shared between Breen and his teammate Dani Sordo. The Spaniard contested last weekend’s rally leaving the car free for the Irish team next month – subject to confirmation by Hyundai.
This article was originally published in the January 20 edition of The Kerryman. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to The Kerryman.