Hyundai Motorsport driver Craig Breen has been killed in a testing accident ahead of next week’s Croatia Rally.
The Irishman went off the road between Stari Golubovac and Lobora. The front-left of the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 collided with a pole fatally injuring the 33-year-old.
The crash is being investigated by the team and the Croatian authorities, with the police confirming a fatal accident on that stretch of road at 12.40pm local time.
DirtFish understands Breen’s co-driver in the accident did not suffer significant injuries.
A Hyundai statement said: “Hyundai Motorsport is deeply saddened to confirm that driver Craig Breen today lost his life following an accident during the pre-event test for Croatia Rally.
“Co-driver James Fulton was unharmed in the incident that occurred just after midday local time.
“Hyundai Motorsport sends its sincerest condolences to Craig’s family, friends and his many fans.
“Hyundai Motorsport will make no further comment at this time.”