The story so far
Paul Nagle was exposed to rallying from an early age: his father was a national-level co-driver and a key figure in organising events near the family home in Ireland.
Following his rally debut in 1997, Nagle’s big break came in 2002 when he became the Peugeot Super Cup champion co-driver alongside Garry Jennings, gaining experience of competing in the UK and France in the process.
After several seasons competing in his native Ireland, he scored a fine sixth overall alongside Gareth MacHale in Mexico in 2006 but a heavy crash in Sardinia the following season curtailed their WRC campaign.
He teamed up with Kris Meeke to win the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2009 and finish third in 2010 in a Peugeot 207, performances which earned them a place in Mini’s new WRC team for 2011.
Budget issues squeezed them out of the programme and Nagle linked up with Craig Breen for the second part of 2012, guiding him to the SWRC title.
Nagle replaced the injured Mikko Markkula for two rallies alongside Andreas Mikkelsen in 2013 before returning to Meeke’s side when the Ulsterman earned a full WRC programme with Citroën at the start of 2014.
Their relationship with the French manufacturer blossomed. Not only did Nagle and Meeke take a maiden WRC victory in Argentina in 2015, but a superb second half of the season convinced Citroën to sign them on a three-year deal.
In 2016 Nagle guided Meeke to victory in Portugal and a stunning win in Finland, while the pair led the development and testing of Citroën’s new C3 World Rally Car in preparation for the team’s return to the WRC after a year’s sabbatical.
Despite wins in Mexico and Spain, 2017 turned out to be a disappointment and the pair’s time at Citroën ended midway through the following season when they were axed after a heavy crash in Portugal.
Nagle split with Meeke and began a new partnership in 2019 with fellow countryman Breen at Hyundai Motorsport. They finished runners-up in Estonia on the second of two outings in 2020 and shared the third i20 with Dani Sordo in 2021.
They brought home solid points from five starts, but left Hyundai to steer M-Sport Ford’s Puma Rally1 car during 2022.