The 33-year-old – who last season raced for the NGK-sponsored M-Sport Ford World Rally Team – died in the accident yesterday (Thursday, April 13) while drivingfor theHyundai Motorsport team. His co-driver James Fulton was unharmed in the incident.
Breen had re-joined Hyundai on a part-time basis for the new WRC season and had finished second to M-Sport’s Ott Tänak at Rally Sweden in February in his first WRC start of the season, in what was his sixth runner-up position in a WRC rally.
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager for NGK-brand owner Niterra UK Ltd, said: “We would like to send our sincere condolences to Craig’s family. He was an extremely talented driver who had a great future in the sport.”
The WRC said on Twitter: “The WRC family is shocked and saddened to learn of Craig Breen’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Craig at this incredibly sad time.”