Craig & Paul.

Our Irish crew shares a goal when it comes to rallying. “We are serious when it comes to our job, but we know how to enjoy it along the way – a perfect combination,” says Craig. 

Breen

Craig

Hyundai Motorsport driver Craig Breen and his helmet.
  1. Birthday icon

    2 Feb 1990

    Birthday

  2. Place of birth icon

    Slieverue in Ireland

    Place of birth

  3. Nationality icon

    Irish

    Nationality

    Career.

    A second-generation rally driver, self-confessed fan and aficionado, ex-karter Craig secured the WRC Academy and SWRC titles in 2011 and 2012 before joining the Peugeot Rally Academy for a long and successful stint in the ERC. That led to a part-programme with Citroën in the WRC for 2016. He didn’t disappoint with a podium in Finland and fifth place in Corsica. Five top-five WRC finishes followed in 2017 before Craig returned to the podium in Sweden in early 2018.

    With opportunities limited to continue at world level in 2019, Craig switched his focus to contesting a mixed programme of national and international rallies – and in different types of car to widen his experience. Along the way he won two classics, Sanremo and Ypres, and made his WRC debut for Hyundai in Finland where he finished seventh for the team.

    The Irishman claimed his first WRC podium for Hyundai a year later, finishing in second place at Rally Estonia 2020.

    Recent highlights.

    2020

    Two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (2)
    Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Estonia
    Final classification: 9th

    2019

    Two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (2)
    Best result: 7th overall, Rally Finland
    Final classification: 14th

    2018

    Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (11)
    Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Sweden
    Final classification: 11th

    Hyundai Motorsport driver Craig Breen during an press conference.
    My idol is Frank Meagher, an Irish rally driver who unfortunately was killed in an accident in 2002.

    - Craig Breen REPLACE IMAGE -

    Interests.

    Cycling, running, and classic rally cars

    Facts about Craig.

    What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

    I have a sister that lives in Perth, Australia, and honestly it’s one of, if not my favourite place to go on holiday. There is so much to like about that part of the world! But those that know me know that my true ideal destination is at Rally Legend in San Marino each year!

    Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

    I have absolutely no idea. My whole life has been around motorsport. If It wasn’t in rally, then more than likely in another form of motorsport as I started my career in karting and I feel I had equally as much potential to continue in racing than in rally.

    What is your favourite food?

    Mammy’s Roast Dinner!

    Describe yourself in 3 words:

    Committed, passionate, fun.

    Nagle

    Paul

    Hyundai Motorsport co-driver Paul Nagle and his helmet.
    1. Birthday icon

      29 Aug 1978

      Birthday

    2. Place of birth icon

      Killarney in Ireland

      Place of birth

    3. Nationality icon

      Irish

      Nationality

      Career.

      A Rally Finland winner, Paul guided Kris Meeke to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title in 2009, a partnership that continued with MINI in the WRC in 2011.

      Paul first joined forces with Craig in 2012 following the passing of Craig’s former co-driver Gareth Roberts. After helping his fellow Irishman to secure the SWRC crown in 2012, Paul co-drove Andreas Mikkelsen for two world rounds in 2013 before he was reunited with Meeke at Citroën from 2014-2018. Paul and Craig reunited and joined our team in 2019, with an impressive first outing at Rally Finland.

      The Irish crew secured their first WRC podium with our team in 2020, finishing in second place at Rally Estonia.

      Recent highlights.

      2020

      Two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (2)
      Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Estonia
      Final classification: 9th

      2019

      Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (6)
      Best result: 3rd overall, Rally Chile
      Final classification: 11th

      2018

      Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (3)
      Best result: 1st overall, Rally de España
      Final Classification: 13th

      Paul Nagle in an interview in the Rally Arctic Finland.
      Colin McRae – definitely my motorsport idol.

      - Paul Nagle -

      Interests.

      Cycling and running

      Facts about Paul.

      What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

      Barbados for sure.

      Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally co-driver?

      I probably would have been an electrician.

      What is your favourite food?

      All types of fish.

      Describe yourself in 3 words:

      Chilled, competitive and motivated.