Hyundai to run special livery in a tribute to Craig Breen in Rally Croatia as FIA and WRC retires his number for rest of 2023.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the world for Breen, who tragically lost his life while testing last Thursday. The Irishman was preparing to drive Hyundai’s third car at round four of the FIA World Rally Championship.

In memory of Breen and with the blessing of his family and co-driver James Fulton, the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 cars of his team-mates Thierry Neuville and Esapekka Lappi will carry a special livery in Zagreb. The WRC family in collaboration with the FIA has also decided to retire the number 42, Breen’s competition number, for the remainder of the 2023 season as a further tribute to his memory.

Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul said: “After careful consideration involving all stakeholders, we have decided to participate in Croatia Rally. We will do this in memory of Craig, to honour him, his passion for rallying and his competitive spirit.

“We will enter two cars and withdraw the third entry as a mark of respect. Both cars will run with a special livery for Craig, his family, friends and fans. It is clear from speaking to everyone that the best way to honour Craig’s legacy was not to withdraw our entry, so we participate mindful of our lost team-mate, friend and incredible competitor.”

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[Note: The story is as per press release]