Hyundai Motorsport reveals Rally Finland line-up
- Hyundai Motorsport has announced that Irish racer Craig Breen will join its team for the forthcoming Rally Finland, round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
- Breen, who scored his first WRC podium in Finland 2016, will support the team’s manufacturers’ championship efforts in the rally alongside co-driver Paul Nagle.
- Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen will complete the team’s line-up of Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars for the event, which takes place August 1-4.
25 June 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport has revealed its line-up for Rally Finland: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland and Craig Breen/Paul Nagle.
The team has put collective experience at the heart of its crew choice for one of the fastest and most challenging rounds on the WRC calendar, opting to bring in Irishman Craig Breen to partner Neuville and Mikkelsen.
Breen will be a new addition to the Hyundai Motorsport squad, in a one-off rally to bolster the team’s championship efforts. A 1-3 result in Sardinia helped increase its advantage in the manufacturers’ table to 46 points with six rounds remaining.
Running the number #42 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in Finland, Breen will have sufficient opportunities to get up to speed ahead of the WRC event. A seat fitting to be held at the team’s Alzenau facility today (June 25) will be followed by a pre-event test (PET), as well as participation in Rally Estonia (July 12-14). Mikkelsen will also join that event as representative preparation for the fast Finnish stages.
The high-speed nature of the Finnish roads demands a specific driving style with no room for error and with split-seconds making a significant difference in the classification. Breen took his first WRC podium in Finland in 2016 and has competed there each year since 2009, with the sole exception of 2013.