Craig Breen confirms Irish appearances
Updated: Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 22:10
Craig Breen and his Killarney co driver Paul Nagle will take part in both the Cartell.IE International Rally of the Lakes on 3-5 of May and the Topaz Donegal International Rally on 21-23 of June.
The Peugeot Sport Academy crew will compete in the national section of both events driving a class 13 Mk11 Escort owned and sponsored by James Coleman of Suirway Forklifts & Suirway Farm Machinery.
Making the announcement Breen said: "I'm so delighted this opportunity has come up. This is a huge year for me competing in the FIAERC as a Peugeot Rallye Academy works driver."
"It is my home event and one of the most famous in Irish rallying and I've some amazing memories over the years" - Paul Nagle
“But as a consequence I had not scheduled a home event for 2013. Now with this two rally deal from James, it gives Paul and me the ideal chance to compete in two of the most famous Irish tarmac events at the wheel of James' MK11."
Longtime friend and sponsor of Breen, Coleman consulted with the 23-year-old after learning of the disappointment of fans and voicing his own disappointment of not having the Irish driver compete in Ireland this season.
"Not having Craig compete on home turf throughout 2013 would have been a shame," said James.
"Personally and on behalf Suirway we are thrilled to have a double world champion out in our car for the two events. Craig is something special both as a driver and a person and we are proud to be involved with him."
Coleman has been involved with Craig Breen Rallying since the start of Breen’s rallying career.
"James and his company Suirway Forklifts/Farm Machinery have been with me from the outset and taking on these two events at the wheel of a Suirway backed car gives me the opportunity to repay him and have some fun as well," said Breen.
The Rally of the Lakes holds huge significance for Killarney native Nagle, who said: "This is the rally I grew up with. It is my home event and one of the most famous in Irish rallying and I've some amazing memories over the years.
“Reaching the top level of my sport has always been my goal but it’s always great to come home and compete.”
Before the duo compete in Killarney they have ERC Rally Azores next weekend.