Mon 20 Feb 2023

WRC star Breen invests in next generation of rally talent

Hyundai driver Craig Breen is going back to his roots by offering his support to the Irish Junior 1000 category within the Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship.

The series comprises five gravel rallies in Ireland and is open to drivers aged between 14 and 18 driving sub-1,000cc cars with limited performance modifications.

Breen, who re-signed for Hyundai at the beginning of this year, is keen to support his home nation’s future stars - and his commitment goes beyond a simple financial investment.

"I’m delighted to be getting involved in supporting what is a remarkable grassroots series, a unique opportunity we afford to these drivers to compete and learn in the sport from an early age," said the 33-year-old, fresh from his second-place finish at the recent Rally Sweden.

"This sport has given me a remarkable amount, and now is the time for me to give back to the next generation of youngsters aiming to make a mark in rallying. These drivers are the future, and I’m delighted to be able to help them on the initial steps of the journey."

Breen's sponsorship includes a prize fund worth €1,250 in vouchers per event, ranging from performance-related awards to draws that will take place across the year, with both rookie and experienced competitors equally open to claiming a prize.

Thanks to Breen's support, the overall champion will also benefit from a two-day ice-driving experience at the world-renowned John Haugland Winter Rally School in Norway, while the Irishman has also committed to appearing at the championship’s official tuition day this year, providing one-on-one tuition to the competitors in their own cars.

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