Craig Breen Biography: Craig Breen as we all know was an Irish rally driver who last competed part-time for the Hyundai team in the World Rally Championship.
Craig Breen Biography
Craig Breen was born on February 2, 1990, and began karting in 1999 in Ireland and in the year 2007 he started rallying in 2007, combining it with karting commitments in Europe in 2008.
He made a full-time switch to rallying in the year 2009 competing in the Irish, British, and International Fiesta Sporting Trophies, winning all three championships
Breen went on to win the Fiesta Sport Trophy International Shootout and was awarded a twelve-month contract with M-Sport and was also crowned Young Irish Rally Driver of the Year and received the Billy Coleman Award.
In 2010 he debuted the Ford Fiesta S2000 in both British Rally Championship and the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
He took his first BRC victory on the 2010 Ulster Rally and went on to finish 2nd overall in the ITC. He also finished 17th overall in the car at the 2010 Rally Finland and 12th overall at Wales Rally GB.
In 2011, Breen competed in the WRC Academy driving a Ford Fiesta R2. He won his first WRC event at the Rallye Deutschland and his win at Wales Rally GB made him the inaugural WRC Academy Cup champion.
He won the 2012 Super 2000 WRC, scoring class wins in the Monte Carlo Rally, Wales Rally GB, Rally France, and the Rally of Spain.
In 2012, he progressed to the S-WRC championship driving a Ford Fiesta S2000. He also won the opening round at Monte Carlo and led the championship after the second round in Sweden.
In 2013, Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle were signed by Peugeot to lead their ERC campaign called ‘Peugeot Rally Academy’.
Breen was successful, achieving five podium places during the season, and eventually finishing 3rd overall, missing out on the runner-up spot by only four points
At the 2014 Acropolis Rally in Greece, Breen won his first ERC rally driving a Peugeot 208 T16 and also won the 2015 Circuit of Ireland Rally with co-driver Scott Martin.
Craig Breen was consistent throughout his career rising through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after rally drivers.
In October 2021, it was announced that Breen would join M-Sport World Rally Team as their lead driver for the 2022 season and he last competed part-time for the Hyundai team in the World Rally Championship.
Sadly, Craig Breen has died. He lost his life on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the age of 33 during a test event ahead of the 2023 Croatia Rally.
Reports say; the front left of his car collided with a pole on a road between Stari Golubovec and Lobor at 12.40 pm local time, fatally injuring Breen. However, his co-driver James Fulton was uninjured
At the time of this report, the family was planning her final funeral arrangement and the details are yet to be finalized. We will keep you updated.
Craig Breen Net Worth
Before Craig Breen died in an accident during a pre-event test, he had an estimated net worth of about $12 million. He had made such an amount from his profession as a rally driver.
Craig Breen Parents
Ray Breen, the father, and Jackie Breen, the mother, welcomed Craig Breen into the world in Slieverue, Ireland. In Irish rallying, his father was a national champion.
The date of birth, age, and line of work of Craig Breen’s parents were unknown at the time of this writing because they lead rather quiet lives.
Craig Breen Wife
Craig Breen was not married and hence did not have a wife. He hardly shared information regarding his private affairs hence there are no records of his love life and past relationships.
Craig Breen Siblings
We are unable to determine whether Craig Breen is the only child of his parents, Ray Breen (the father) and Jackie Breen (the mother), because he has never disclosed any information about his siblings.
According to sources, the late rally driver’s parents have further children. He and his sister Kellie Breen have a similar upbringing.