There was heartbreak for Waterford World Rally driver Craig Breen (pictured above) this morning in New Zealand as he and Kerry co-driver, Paul Nagle, crashed out of contention when in second position overall.
The Irish pair led after three stages and when they crashed they were just 2.6 seconds behind Welsh driver Elfyn Evans.
Fans helped Breen back on the road after their crashed during the Whaanga Coast stage but they lost 18 minutes before clutch damage forced the Déise driver to retire between stages.
“I know it’s a famous place, I know I shouldn’t be making all these mistakes, but it’s f****** tough,” Breen said afterwards, referring to the fact that it was the corner which the legendary Colin McRae crashed at 20 years ago.
M-Sport team principal Richard Millener said, “It’s one thing doing it getting individual times, but it’s another thing finishing after three days, and it’s a mistake that Craig will remember for a long time and I’m sure he’ll be very upset with himself.”