Breen eager to compete in Ireland this year

Hyundai's part-timer fancies some rallies back home if his schedule allows for it


Craig Breen is keen to tackle as many Irish rallies as possible this year alongside his World and Portuguese Rally Championship commitments.

Breen is undertaking a part-time WRC program with Hyundai in 2023, with a full season in Portugal behind the wheel of an i20 N Rally2 added to his schedule for extra seat-time.

But Breen, who won his native Irish Tarmac Rally Championship back in 2019, would love the chance to compete at home as well if an opportunity arose.

“If I can do anything else [this year], it’ll be back at home,” he told DirtFish.

“If I can do some of the Irish rounds again… unfortunately a lot of them clash but if there is a weekend open at any stage I’ll definitely be hunting for it.

Craig Breen

“The Metro’s nearly fully rebuilt, so let’s see.”

Even if he doesn’t end up competing in Ireland, Breen remains committed to rallying back home as last week it was revealed he would personally be sponsoring the Junior 1000 series for young drivers – offering vouchers and driver tuition to competitors.

“I’m glad to be able to give a little back to the sport that’s given me so much,” Breen said.

“This is such a unique and pioneering series and the first chance to get a glimpse at the future champions of our sport. Best of luck boys and girls!”