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Craig Breen

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Nationality:  IRL
Date of Birth: 02.02.1990
Age: 29
Website: www.craigbreen.com

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 0
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team
Co-driver: Paul Nagle

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Here’s what makes him special

• Shot to prominence after winning the WRC Academy and SWRC titles in consecutive seasons.

• Secured a works Citroën drive in 2017 after scoring a stunning podium at Neste Rally Finland the previous year.

• The charismatic Irishman wears his heart on his sleeve. He has been known to arrive at a stage end with tears streaming down his face.


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 WRC 2 and the ERC. He claimed three ERC wins and narrowly missed out on the title, but it was a different story in WRC 2 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 secured a Citroën factory contract for 2017 and displayed great consistency to rack up six fifth place finishes from 11 events. He claimed a career-best second place in Sweden in 2018 but was dropped by the French manufacturer at the end of the campaign.

He returns to the WRC with Hyundai Motorsport alongside new co-driver Paul Nagle.

• Shot to prominence after winning the WRC Academy and SWRC titles in consecutive seasons.

• Secured a works Citroën drive in 2017 after scoring a stunning podium at Neste Rally Finland the previous year.

• The charismatic Irishman wears his heart on his sleeve. He has been known to arrive at a stage end with tears streaming down his face.


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 WRC 2 and the ERC. He claimed three ERC wins and narrowly missed out on the title, but it was a different story in WRC 2 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 secured a Citroën factory contract for 2017 and displayed great consistency to rack up six fifth place finishes from 11 events. He claimed a career-best second place in Sweden in 2018 but was dropped by the French manufacturer at the end of the campaign.

He returns to the WRC with Hyundai Motorsport alongside new co-driver Paul Nagle.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2018 WRC 9 0 1 0 CITROËN C3 WRC 67 11.
2017 WRC 11 0 0 0 Citroen DS3 64 10.
2016 WRC 6 0 0 1 Citroen DS3 WRC 36 10.
2015 WRC2 7 0 0 0 Peugeot 208 58 8.
2014 WRC 2 0 0 0 2 25.
2012 WRC 7 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta S2000 8 17.
2012 S-WRC 5 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta S2000 118 1.
2011 S-WRC 1 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta S2000 12 10.
2011 JWRC 0 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta S2000 111 1.
2010 S-WRC 1 0 0 0 18 12.

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