Hyundai will have a WRC driver to the title in Portugal

Hyundai will have a WRC driver to the title in Portugal


Irishman Craig Breen, who returned to Hyundai for a break-time program in the World Championship, will be Ricardo Teodósio’s team-mate and a strong bid to retain the Skoda Fabia titles.

Craig Breen, one of the four official Hyundai drivers in the World Rally Championship, will participate in the Portuguese championship full time, announced “AutoSport” and confirmed O JOGO. The Irishman will have a part-time program in the WRC, sharing the i20 Rally1 with Dani Sordo, and this year’s calendars could be settled in multiple races, which will allow the Irishman to fight for the title that has always been held by the Portuguese.

Breen, who returned to Hyundai after a difficult season at M-Sport Ford – second in Sardinia and third in Monte Carlo, but only scored points in seven of 13 races – will replace Bruno Magalhães and Ricardo Teodósio as his teammate. Sérgio Ribeiro, CEO of Hyundai Portugal, refused to comment on the recruitment of O JOGO, but it is yet another effort to win the national title, celebrated by Armindo Araújo in 2017, in the first year of the team, and failed in the following four seasons, surprisingly. Araújo (2020 and 2022) and Teodósio (2019 and 2021), but aligning them with Skoda.

The Irish driver, who is going into his 11th season in the WRC and will bring more excitement to the Portuguese championship, can only have World Rally dates in one of the eight races – the Madeira Rally is on the same day as Finland – and has experience in the segment. national. He did the Portuguese Championship six times – he was fifth in 2017, in his best year -, twice in the Azores, which he won in 2015, he won in Mortágua in 2017 and he had a tension in Fafe, in 2018, an edition already run by Hyundai.