Craig Breen will take a step back in time when he leads the line-up at the Killarney Historic Rally this weekend.
Breen will swap the all-new Puma he tested out over the past few weeks for a ’70s-style Ford Escort for its second appearance, leading them into the hybrid era of the 2022 World Cup on his home soil in two years.
The 31-year-old from Waterford has been part of the Hyundai WRC team for three seasons, but only competes in selected rounds of the series in addition to European Championship events. He really wanted a full program to become world champion.
And now Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle have landed two-year contracts with Ford and will present the hybrid Puma at the Monte Carlo Rally in January.
Always keen to support Irish rallying – he’s a two-time Circuit of Ireland winner and still reigning Tarmac champion – Breen enjoys the opportunity to get back to his roots and took the chance to join his father Ray on the starting list for Killarney .
They’re just two of the leading names setting off this weekend for the classic Kerry stages of an event officially listed as the start of the revived Tarmac series in 2022.
Jonny Greer will follow Breen off the start line on Saturday and will switch from the R5 Citroen, in which he finished second at the Ulster Rally last weekend, to the family’s Ford Sierra Cosworth, while his father David drives an Opel Manta 400.
Former Tarmac champion Donagh Kelly, who won the historic Ulster Rally category, is also on the grid in his BMW.