Craig Breen will rekindle his partnership with old World Rally Championship co-driver Paul Nagle when he starts next week’s West Cork Rally in his Ford Sierra Cosworth.
Breen, who has resigned with Hyundai to contest a partial WRC season in 2023, recently told DirtFish he would be “hunting” for opportunities to compete back home in Ireland this year if his schedule allowed for it.
Although he is contesting the opening round of the European and Portuguese Rally Championships, Rally Serras de Fafe, this weekend and will then travel to México to complete the pre-event recce with James Fulton, Breen has managed to squeeze the West Cork Rally (March 18/19) into his calendar.
It’s an event Breen has won before back in 2019 behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5, but this year he will be competing for class 15 honors in his ex-Frank Meagher Sierra which he debuted on the Killarney Historic Rally in December.
It’ll be Nagle’s first rally since Killarney where the pair retired ahead of the final stage with a broken driveshaft, but the pair had always planned to do events such as this throughout 2023.
They will be seeded #42, which is Breen’s competition number in the WRC.
Junior WRC championship leader William Creighton has also entered in his Ford Fiesta Rally3 as extra asphalt seat-time ahead of the next JWRC event in Croatia.
Reigning Irish Tarmac Rally champion, Josh Moffett, tops the entry in his Hyundai i20 R5.