Capturing Breen’s recovery after New Zealand crash

Team DirtFish chased the damaged Breen and got a quick word with co-driver Paul Nagle

By the end of Friday’s second stage of the day, Craig Breen was on cloud nine. He was leading the rally, feeling relaxed and totally in the groove.

A stage later he lost 5.9 seconds to Ott Tänak, but it didn’t matter. He was still within touching distance of the rally lead, and looked set to have one of his best rallies all year.

But as has so often been the case this year, that very quickly fell away from him, quite literally, as he slid down a ditch after entering a right handed corner too fast on SS5.

And it wasn’t any corner either. It was the exact same place where Colin McRae went off at in 2002.

As soon as the incident happened, DirtFish’s David Evans and Colin Clark immediately jumped in the car and made their way to the end of the stage to catch up with Breen and Paul Nagle.

They then followed the M-Sport car as it made its way towards SS6 before retiring, and as you might expect, you could cut through the atmosphere with a knife.

In this video, we capture the scene as yet another World Rally Championship event goes wrong for the Irishmen.