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Ypres victor Breen back for Belgium attack

- TOM HOWARD

Craig Breen will join Hyundai’s World Rally line-up for Belgium’s Ypres Rally next month.

The Irishman will drive the third factory i20 Coupe at the 13-15 August event in place of Spaniard Dani Sordo, who has contested the last three events held on gravel roads.

As previously reported, Breen has been drafted back in for this week’s Rally Estonia, which will be his first WRC event since April’s Rally Croatia, where he finished eighth.

The asphalt roads of Ypres hold plenty of positive memories for Breen, who won the event when it was last held in 2019, when it was not a WRC round.

“It is a rally I have good memories of so I’m looking forward to making more,” said the 31-year-old.

Nine events have been revealed on a partial 2022 World Rally Championsh­ip calendar released last week. The 2022 campaign, which could extend to 13 events, will begin at Monte Carlo on 20-23 January, followed by Sweden on 24-27 February. Events in Portugal, Italy, Kenya, Spain, Japan, Estonia and Greece will also feature, although dates and the order are still to be announced.

 ??  ?? Paul Nagle and Craig Breen won Ypres Rally in 2019
Paul Nagle and Craig Breen won Ypres Rally in 2019

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