Craig Brain: Irish rally driver dies after crash during testing

(CNN) Irish racecar driver Craig Breen has died after being involved in an accident prior to the event ahead of next week Croatia rallyHyundai Motorsport said on Thursday.

The team did not give many details about the incident, but said it occurred after midday local time on Thursday.

“Hyundai Motorsport extends its deepest condolences to Craig’s family, friends and many fans,” statement Reading, adding that co-driver James Fulton was uninjured in the crash.

The 33-year-old had made 82 appearances in the World Rally Championship (WRC), finishing second in his last race at Rally Sweden in February.

Brin, whose father Ray was a rally driver, began his career driving go-karts before moving into racing, going full-time in 2009 and moving up through the ranks.

He quickly found success, being crowned Young Driver of the Year in Ireland in 2009, and subsequently becoming a regular on the WRC circuit.

Despite not winning a WRC race, the Irishman has achieved six runner-up finishes.

said Aidan Harper, President of Irish Motorsports, in a statement statement.

The World Rally Championship said on Twitter: “The WRC family is shocked and saddened to learn of Craig Breen’s passing.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Craig’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”

Mohamed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA, FIA, also praised Bren. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and the Gathering community at this difficult time,” he said. Twitter.

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