Hyundai has presented the livery it will run at Rally Croatia this weekend, in memory of Craig Breen, and has provided more details regarding his fatal accident.
Breen sustained fatal injuries during a pre-event test accident in Croatia last Thursday (April 13).
Speaking about the accident for the first time Hyundai team boss Cyril Abiteboul provided further details, and confirmed that a full investigation will be conducted in conjunction with governing body the FIA.
“Road conditions were slippery and the car slid off the road at a relatively low speed and made contact with a wooden fence,” said Abiteboul.
“A post from this fence intruded into the cabin through the driver’s side window. The stage was closed immediately and the on-stage medical team was rapidly on the scene.
“We must mention that [co-driver] James Fulton was unhurt in the crash and our hearts go out to him. We are doing everything we can to support James at this time.
“Craig was taken to hospital from the stage. As far as can be determined, Craig’s passing was instantaneous.
“Hyundai Motorsport and the FIA are working together to review all aspects of the incident. As far as can be ascertained, there was no issue with any element of the car, the tyres or the safety equipment. The local police completed a report at the scene.”
The two i20s fielded this weekend for Thierry Neuville and Esapekka Lappi will be decked in the colours of the Irish flag.
“It was clear from the feedback from all stakeholders, and Craig’s family and friends, that the competitive spirit of Craig would have wanted this weekend’s rally to continue and for his team-mates to participate,” said Abiteboul.
“We thought long and hard about how to do this and how best to honour Craig. To this end, we are contesting the event with two cars, both running with a special livery to honour Craig, his Irish roots and his beloved Irish rally community.
“Craig was a wonderful person and that is true of his family and friends. The rallying community has really pulled together and it’s a mark of the high regard with which Craig was held.”
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