Craig Breen dead at 33: Rally driver killed in horror testing crash as tributes pour in | The Sun

RALLY DRIVER Craig Breen has tragically passed away at the age of 33 following a fatal crash.

The Irish racer collided with a pole between Stari Golubovac and Lobora while testing the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 ahead of the Croatia Rally next week.

Co-driver James Fulton came away unscathed, but it has now been confirmed that Breen sadly died.

The police and Breen's team, Hyundai Motorsport, are both investigating the incident.

The authorities have confirmed the accident occurred at 12.40pm local time.

A Hyundai statement read: "Hyundai Motorsport is deeply saddened to confirm that driver Craig Breen today lost his life following an accident during the pre-event test for Croatia Rally.


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"Co-driver James Fulton was unharmed in the incident that occurred just after midday local time.

"Hyundai Motorsport sends its sincerest condolences to Craig’s family, friends and his many fans.

"Hyundai Motorsport will make no further comment at this time."

Tributes for Breen have poured in on social media from the likes of FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

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He said: "On behalf of the FIA, I extend sincere condolences to the family & friends of Craig Breen following his passing during a private testing accident.

"Our thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones & the Rally community at this difficult time."

And the World Rally Championship added: "The WRC family is shocked and saddened to learn of Craig Breen's passing.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Craig at this incredibly sad time."

One fan responded: "I'm absolutely devastated that we've lost Craig Breen so soon. One of the nicest guys you could meet. This sport is so cruel.

"I thought I'd share one of the funniest interviews Craig gave at stage end, showing his great sense of humour. Rest in peace, legend."

And another replied: "I'm lost for words… such a sad day. RIP Craig Breen."

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