Hyundai Motorsport with a livery dedicated to Breen

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On the roofs of the i20 rally1 cars, there will be the Irish flag in memory of Craig Breen, one year after his tragic passing.

It’s been a year since the tragic passing of Craig Breen (credit photo Bacigalupi), a talented Irish pilot who had made Italy his second home. His untimely demise occurred in Croatia during a pre-event test. Over the past year, the memory of Breen has remained alive in the hearts of his colleagues and fans alike. In an effort to keep his memory alive, Hyundai Motorsport has decided to honor him in two distinct ways.

A Tribute on the Track

The first tribute is a visual one. The Hyundai i20 rally1 cars will sport a special livery in memory of the Irish pilot. The three crews of the Korean company will race with the roofs and front and rear bumpers of the three cars colored in the green, white, and orange of the Irish flag. This vibrant display will serve as a moving tribute to Breen, reflecting his national pride every time the cars take to the track.

Supporting the Next Generation

The second initiative is a fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go to the Craig Breen Foundation. Established a few weeks after Breen’s death, the foundation aims to help young Irish aspiring pilots grow in rallying. Currently, the Foundation provides financial support to young Irish hopefuls participating in the J1000 Forestry series.

Auction for a Cause

In a unique move, Hyundai Motorsport has decided to auction off some cult items for fans. These include the helmets of Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak, and two Hyundai Motorsport suits used by Dani Sordo. The proceeds from this auction will further contribute to the fundraising efforts, ensuring that Breen’s legacy continues to inspire and support the next generation of rally drivers.

In these ways, the memory of Craig Breen continues to live on, not just in the hearts of those who knew him, but also in the very fabric of the sport he loved so much.