Nagle and Breen set for their first tarmac WRC event for Hyundai.

Nagle and Breen set for their first tarmac WRC event for Hyundai. 

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will contest their first all tarmac rally for the Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team this weekend. 

Rally Croatia, the new event on the world championship calendar, gets under way in Friday. 

2020 FIA World Rally Championship Round 04, Rally Estonia 04-06 September 2020 Craig Breen, Paul Nagle Photographer: Helena El Mokni Worldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

The Irish crew will be aiming for the podium following their fourth place finish in Arctic Rally Finland in February but the new event will even up the playing field as no-one will have previous experience of the roads around Zagreb. 

“Croatia brings the first tarmac round of the season and a new event for everybody. It’s honestly quite difficult to find any information about the rally, but it looks like it will be an interesting event, hopefully with some nice weather, and some stages in the mountains. I’m definitely really looking forward to my first proper event on tarmac with the Hyundai i20 WRC in the championship. It should be a nice event,” said Breen. 

Last September they finished second on the gravel roads of Estonia.

It will be Nagle’s 86th start at WRC level since making his debut alongside Killarney driver Donie O’Sullivan on Rally Spain in 2004.  

Weekend at a Glance

  • Friday at Croatia Rally features two loops of four short tests: Rude – Plešivica (6.94km), Kostanjevac – Petruš Vrh (23.76km), Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok (10.10km), and Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novaki (9.11km).
  • Crews return to the area on Saturday for two runs of Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci (20.30km), Stojdraga – Gornja Vas (20.77km), Krašić – Vrškovac (11.11km) and Vinski Vrh – Duga Resa (8.78km).
  • On Sunday’s schedule is two attempts of Bliznec – Pila (25.20km), the longest stage of the rally, and Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec  (14.09km), with the latter forming the event’s Power Stage.

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