Hyundai Motorsports announced on Monday that following consultation with the Breen family and Craig’s co-driver James Fulton that they will compete with a two car entry at Rally Croatia this weekend.
Hyundai Motorsport confirms it will compete in Croatia Rally, the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, with a two-car entry this week (April 20-23) following the accident in pre-event testing in which Craig Breen lost his life.
This decision to participate was reached after careful consideration, which included discussions with the family of Craig Breen, his co-driver James Fulton, and Hyundai Motorsport’s crews and team members.
Breen’s family and James Fulton confirmed it was their wish that the team competes in Croatia in honour of Craig.
The two Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid crews will be Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe and Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm.
Q&A with Cyril Abiteboul
How much consideration was given to withdrawing from Croatia Rally?
“Very careful consideration was given when making this decision. It was clear from the feedback given by all who knew Craig well that participating would be the best way to honour him. We consulted with the family and they have endorsed this approach.”
What is the reasoning for the special livery?
“We are contesting this rally primarily to honour Craig and his incredible life and talent. Craig was a proud Irishman and passionate representative of the Irish rally community so the livery will represent the colours of the Irish flag in his memory.”