M-Sport have decided to release Craig Breen from his contract for 2023 after a spate of inconsistent performances throughout the season.
Breen, who initially ran for M Sport on a part-time basis, was chosen to lead the M Sport line up for 2022 and beyond and produced podium performances at Monte Carlo and Italy. However six incidents in 13 rallies have meant that M-Sport have lost confidence in Breen to lead the line and have decided to relinquish the driver a year early.
Breen said: “I want to extend a big thank you to M-Sport and the whole team for everything they’ve done for me this year, it has been an important season as my first full-time drive and to complete that in a Puma has been fantastic.”
M Sport Ford Team principle, Richard Millener, has commented that it will be looking for a new approach going forward.
Craig is a very talented driver an I have no doubt that he has more yet to achieve in his career,” he explained. “But the team feel we need a new approach for 2023.
“We wish Craig and James the very best of luck for the future, and we now turn our attentions towards next season and securing a competitive line-up for the Puma Hybrid Rally1.”