Hyundai have confirmed that Waterford's Craig Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle will be part of their three-car line-up for the Arctic Rally Finland, the second round of the World Rally Championship, which takes place at the end of February.

Breen signed a new deal with the South Korean manufacturers in December and, along with Spain's Dani Sordo, will share third Hyundai i20 Coupe for the 2021 World Rally Championship.

Breen and Sordo competed in the opening round in Monte Carlo last month. 

The Irishman has a strong record on snow and ice in the WRC.

He has finished in the top five on two of his last three Rally Sweden outings, including a career-best second overall for Citroen in 2018.

The Arctic Rally Finland replaces the cancelled Rally Sweden as the WRC's only pure winter rally in 2021.

Breen, who turned 31 last week, has also expressed disappointment at the cancellation of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for the second season. The Galway, West Cork and Circuit of Ireland rallies have now been called off.

"This honestly breaks my heart," he posted on social media.

"I would never dare point the finger, and obviously Covid-19 has been hard-hitting in some places compared to others, but to see more or less all the other regional championships around Europe still being able to run through Covid times is so hard.

"I know it's through no lack of effort from our organisers and ASN (the UK National Sporting Authority) but it still hurts, and I feel for all the stakeholders involved."

RTÉ Sport understands that May's Rally of the Lakes is also likely to be cancelled with discussions ongoing between organisers and sponsors of the event as to the best way forward.