Craig Breen hopes his second FIA World Rally Championship outing with Hyundai Motorsports in Britain next month could lead to a bigger programme with the team next season.
The Irishman was yesterday (Monday) confirmed in an i20 World Rally Car for Wales Rally GB (3 - 6 October) to boost Hyundai’s bid for a maiden manufacturers’ world title.
While Breen said his focus was on producing the type of performance that earned seventh on his WRC debut for the Korean squad in Finland last month, he admitted he also had an eye on 2020.
“Nothing has been discussed in detail yet but obviously it’s my ambition,” he told wrc.com. “It’s what I want. I would love to try and establish myself there as part of the team going forward.
“Now it’s very much just getting this event out of the way and doing the best we can for the team. Let’s wait and see. There’s nothing concrete, I’m taking these events as they come, focusing on them and working as hard as we can and see what that brings.”
Breen’s call-up comes after impressing Hyundai team director Andrea Adamo in Finland, especially on the first day when he was fastest of the team’s three drivers.
He will have a one-day test at the end of September in preparation for Britain, a rally he admitted was close to his heart and one in which he will be asked to deliver strong manufacturer points alongside lead driver Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen.
“I’m piggy-backing onto the back of this late in the year. The team is working so hard to get manufacturer points and put a rally strong championship campaign together and I’ve been brought in for one reason, and one reason only, and that’s to try to achieve that goal.
“I’m hoping my own speed could be a little bit better because I will have a bit better feeling with the car, better experience, and in a rally like this it will add some,” Breen added.
The 29-year-old has started the British round on eight occasions, claiming a best result last year with fourth in a Citroën C3.