Simply days after the season finale at FORUM8 Rally Japan – the place Breen completed twenty fourth total after a Friday crash – each events have reached an amicable determination to go their separate methods.
Breen was chosen to guide M-Sport’s line-up for the 2022 season and joined the British squad from Hyundai Motorsport, the place he had beforehand been driving on a part-time foundation.
Podiums in Monte-Carlo and Italy in addition to a number of stage-winning performances confirmed Breen’s potential aboard the Puma Hybrid Rally1, nevertheless, quite a few incidents at six of the 13 rallies have led M-Sport to hunt a extra constant crew chief and the choice was taken to finish Breen’s contract a yr early.
“I wish to prolong an enormous thanks to M-Sport and the entire crew for every thing they’ve performed for me this yr,” Breen stated. “It has been an vital season as my first full-time drive and to finish that in a Puma has been implausible.
“It has been an excellent expertise for me to be a part of the crew, however in the end, it’s time to maneuver on. I’m trying ahead to the longer term and persevering with to construct my partnership with James (Fulton, co-driver).”
M-Sport Ford crew principal Wealthy Millener revealed his crew can be taking a brand new method heading into the 2023 season.
“Craig is a really gifted driver and I’ve little doubt that he has extra but to attain in his profession,” he defined. “However the crew really feel we want a brand new method for 2023.
“We want Craig and James the perfect of luck for the longer term, and we now flip our attentions in the direction of subsequent season and securing a aggressive line-up for the Puma Hybrid Rally1.”
Malcolm Wilson, Managing Director of M-Sport added: “I wish to thank Craig for his yr with the crew. He delivered some strong outcomes all through the season with two podiums and stage-winning performances on quite a lot of surfaces, however sadly the consistency wasn’t there to guide the crew into 2023.”