Partly current within the World Rally Championship since 2019 and his signing at Hyundai, Craig Breen has repeated this yr on quite a few events that he’s now aiming greater with a full program. To do that, the Irishman has proven himself significantly effectively this season by chaining three consecutive podiums regardless of a scarcity of tempo in opposition to his opponents. Earlier than including this weekend a 3rd place in Finland to the most effective sequence of outcomes of his profession began in Estonia and Ypres with two second locations, he mentioned that “concrete” could be introduced inside a couple of weeks about his future within the WRC.
Desirous to be fielded full-time in 2022, Breen has turn out to be one of many centerpieces of the subsequent switch window since Hyundai confirmed that it couldn’t provide him such a program subsequent yr. If the Korean model might be transferring in direction of a Dani Sordo-Oliver Solberg duo to drive its third i20 N Rally1 Hybrid, this resolution logically opened the doorways to a departure of the 31-year-old driver, nearer than ever to a signing at M-Sport in response to the newest rumors. Questioned on the topic for a number of weeks, the British group and the (ex?) Hyundai driver remained very discreet on this topic. Within the euphoria of his podium in Finland, nonetheless, he allowed himself a confidence throughout the press convention.
“I assume the wait comes right down to a matter of days now to see what the longer term holds”, Breen mentioned earlier than admitting about his future. “Thrilling occasions, I’d say. It appears fairly optimistic. For instance we’ll be at the beginning line at Monte[-Carlo]. “
“It took 30 years, but it surely appears prefer it’s all beginning to fall into place”, he continued by evoking the explanations for his present glorious type. “Actually I feel it is simply being within the automotive so much with a constant schedule. That is what we have been lacking since we got here again with it. [mon copilote] Paul [Nagle] after the Citroën years. It was very irregular. Final yr, for instance, we solely did two rallies within the season with the WRC, whereas now we’ve some consistency. And simply feeling snug within the environment, getting within the automotive and realizing which button does what, all of it feels pure.“
The horizon regarding his future due to this fact appears clear and in response to a number of Irish media, the formalization ought to even intervene in the midst of the week. A affirmation that might effectively pave the way in which for different bulletins, M-Sport and Toyota nonetheless not having confirmed any driver for 2022.