The Irishman had joined the British squad on a two-year deal beginning this season, however as we speak the staff has confirmed an amicable choice between each Breen and the operation has been reached to half methods.
Breen has endured a tough season behind the wheel of the Fiord Puma that has been stricken by crashes, leading to a run to seventh within the championship.
The partnership began on a promising word due to Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle delivering a third-place end in Monte Carlo, however the one different look on the rostrum got here at Sardinia with a run to second in June.
Breen’s future on the staff subsequent 12 months had been in query with the 32-year-old being linked to a return to Hyundai’s third automotive, which he shared from 2019-2021. Hyundai is predicted to disclose its 2023 driver-line-up this week.
“I wish to prolong a giant thanks to M-Sport and the entire staff for every part they’ve carried out for me this 12 months,” mentioned Breen.
“It has been an essential season as my first full-time drive and to finish that in a Puma has been implausible.
“There have been a number of enjoyable occasions and laughs collectively on this albeit, brief journey. M-Sport has an actual household really feel and it is going to be unhappy to go away that behind.
“It has been an incredible expertise for me to be a part of the staff, however in the end, it’s time to maneuver on. I’m wanting ahead to the long run and persevering with to construct my partnership with James [Fulton]. I want the staff all one of the best for subsequent season.”
Craig Breen, James Fulton, M-Sport Ford World Rally Workforce Ford Puma Rally1
Photograph by: Purple Bull Content material Pool
M-Sport staff principal Richard Millener added: “It’s been a pleasure working with Craig, and I used to be personally very completely happy to get him and Paul [Nagle] within the staff this 12 months after a number of onerous work making it occur.
“I believe all of us knew the potential that was there, and I’ll all the time keep in mind a number of highs from the 12 months – not least the double podium he secured for the staff alongside Sébastien Loeb at the beginning of the 12 months. Sadly, although, generally issues simply don’t fairly click on, and that is the truth of the state of affairs we face.
“Craig is a really gifted driver and I’ve little question that he has extra but to attain in his profession, however the staff really feel we want a brand new method for 2023.
“We want Craig and James the perfect of luck for the long run, and we now flip our attentions in the direction of subsequent season and securing a aggressive line-up for the Puma Hybrid Rally1.”
Workforce boss Malcolm Wilson mentioned that whereas Breen delivered some strong outcomes in the end the consistency wasn’t there to steer the staff into 2023.
“I wish to thank Craig for his 12 months with the staff. 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 steer the staff into 2023,” mentioned Wilson.
“I would like nothing however success for individuals who have progressed via our Ladder of Alternative, and Craig has been an ideal instance of that. After making his WRC debut within the Fiesta Sporting Trophy he went on to safe each the FIA WRC Academy and S2000 Championship crown earlier than making his world rally automotive debut – all behind the wheel of a Fiesta.
“I’m happy with the position M-Sport have had in making him the driving force he’s as we speak, and we had hoped to see him safe his first WRC victory with a Ford too. Sadly, that wasn’t to be, however I want him each success and all the perfect for the long run.”
M-Sport is but to substantiate any drivers for 2023 however has been closely linked to signing 2019 world champion Ott Tanak, whereas it additionally hopes to see Sebastien Loeb return on a part-time foundation.
Gus Greensmith, Adrien Fourmaux and Pierre-Louis Loubet are additionally within the combine to land drives.
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