Craig Breen

A charismatic Irishman who wears his heart on his sleeve and has a penchant for delivering cracking one-liners to waiting media. Climbed from entry-level WRC to the very top and now leads M-Sport Ford’s team into 2022. Breen is desperate to break his victory duck.

Nationality IRE
Date of Birth 2.02.1990
Birthplace Slieverue,Ireland
First Rally 2009, Rally de Portugal
Co-Driver Paul Nagle
Rally Wins -
Website http://www.craigbreen.com/

The story so far

Breen, the son of former Irish champion Ray, began his career in karting in Ireland before moving into full-time rallying in 2009, when he won the International, British and Irish Fiesta Sporting Trophy titles and was crowned Ireland’s Young Driver of the Year. 

In 2010 he finished second in the Irish Tarmac Championship in a Fiesta S2000 and claimed his maiden British Championship victory at the Ulster Rally.

Breen stepped up to the WRC Academy in 2011, lifting the title in a Fiesta R2 after wins in Germany and Britain, and the following season he won the SWRC title in a Fiesta S2000 after four category wins. 

Peugeot signed Breen to lead its European Rally Championship attack in 2013 in a 207 S2000. Five podiums netted third in the standings and Breen also began development work with the French manufacturer’s 208 T16 car.

In 2014 he drove the new car in the ERC and although he won the Acropolis Rally in Greece, mechanical issues limited him to third in the championship 

A more ambitious programme followed in 2015 with Peugeot-supported campaigns in both WRC2 and the ERC. He claimed three ERC wins and narrowly missed out on the title, but it was a different story in WRC2 where he was again hindered by mechanical problems and ended the season eighth.

In 2016 Breen was handed the chance to compete at the top level of the WRC, driving a DS 3 World Rally Car on selected rounds for the Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team. He made the most of his opportunity, especially in Finland where he claimed a remarkable third place.

He was rewarded with a Citroën factory contract and bagged a career-best second place in Sweden in 2018 but lost his seat at the end of that campaign.

He was rescued by Hyundai Motorsport and finished runner-up in Estonia on the second of two outings with the Korean manufacturer in 2020. His prize was to share the third i20 with Dani Sordo in 2021.

A safe pair of hands, Breen brought home solid points during his five starts, although a full-time seat with the Korean manufacturer proved elusive. Instead, Breen was snapped up by M-Sport Ford and he leads the British team in 2022.

 

The story so far