Breen crash “did not affect” WRC Rally Croatia plans for Hyundai
Breen entered the first round of the Italian Rally Championship to bring him back to speed on the asphalt, but a promising race alongside Paul Nagle ended when they pulled off the road towards the end of the fifth test. .
Their Hyundai i20 R5 ended up on its roof, but Breen and Nagle managed to walk away unharmed – although both were taken to hospital for follow-up checks and later released.
It later emerged that a puncture picked up by the right front tire moments before the incident allowed it to free itself from the rim and compromise grip as the crew approached a tight bend at left.
Although the pair have not been confirmed for the next WRC round, which will take place on the roads around Zagreb from April 22 to 25, it is believed that they will be called up to drive the third i20 Cup WRC as part of their carpooling agreement. with series veteran Dani Sordo.
Asked if the crash affected Breen’s chances of returning to the squad in Croatia, Adamo said: “It hasn’t affected Craig’s future appearances in the WRC heats.
“I think Craig was fine before the accident. He and Paul were sure to have a great event and gained more experience on the tarmac together.
Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC
Photo by: Austral / Hyundai Motorsport
Adamo was equally optimistic in his assessment of Thierry Neuville’s performance. Although he has not been in an R5 car since the 2018 Ypres Rally, the Belgian recorded the fastest times on six of the ten stages of the meeting with a victory of 22.7 seconds with the assist of his new teammate, Martijn Wydaeghe.
He came within the context of Neuville admitting that he didn’t “really like driving” the i20 in the R5 spec and spent a full day of testing in the run-up to supermini acclimatization.
They traveled to northern Italy to work on their communication after issues arose at Arctic Rally Finland, where Neuville struggled to decipher Wydaeghe’s instructions during Saturday’s stage of the winter event, which led him to guess at the speed at which he should approach certain turns.
In his post-Rally il Ciocco comments, Neuville said he was “happy with the event” and “the job done” with Wydaeghe, who took French lessons to improve his pronunciation of words.
Adamo added: “I can certainly say it was a mission accomplished for Thierry and Martijn. Rally il Ciocco was part of a plan we have with them, to make sure they work better and better together.