Fri 25 Aug 2023

Neuville set to contest Irish rally in Breen's honour

Thierry Neuville will compete on a national rally in Ireland next year in memory of his Hyundai team-mate and friend Craig Breen.

The Irishman lost his life in a testing crash in April this year and Neuville wants to help fans remember Breen by contesting the Raven’s Rock Rally – a domestic event based out of Breen’s hometown of Waterford.


Neuville has confirmed Breen’s best friend Patrick ‘Paddy’ Croke will co-drive for him on the asphalt event. 


“Craig was a very special person for all of us,” said the Belgian. “When I came to the funeral I was sitting with his parents, with Ray and Jackie and with his family and I came from there understanding that we have to make the most from life and we have to remember what a great person Craig was.”


Neuville discussed the potential of the rally with Breen’s friend and former manager James Coleman. 

“I told James I wanted to do it straight away,” said Neuville. “And I want to do it with Patrick. 


“Craig introduced us to this incredible guy, this great friend of his and I want to drive with Craig in my mind and his friend next to me.”


Croke has experience of Raven’s Rock, having finished on the podium with Breen in 2017.  

“It didn’t take me long to answer when Thierry told me we would be doing the event together,” said Croke.


“Co-driving Thierry Neuville… it doesn’t come much more special than that. There was a real feeling on this year’s Raven’s Rock Rally [in June] that Craig was with us, he was looking down on the event – I’m sure he’ll be doing that next year.”

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