Hyundai confirms no i20N issue on Breen's fatal crash

Hyundai Motorsport announced today that there was no issue with the i20N last week during Craig Breen's pre-event test for Rally Croatia, but FIA is still investigating the incident.

Craig Breen lost his life at the age of 33 years old when he went off the road during his tests in Croatia and a wooden pole hit him on his head when a wood passed throughout his side window. The Croatian authorities have already completed their investigations for this accident while FIA and Hyundai will continue their research. According to the press release of Hyundai, the i20N did not carry any mechanical or tyre issue in that day. Last but not least, the statement mentions that Breen was driving at slow speeds and there were wet conditions on the road while he was transferred immediately to the hospital after his crash. His co-driver, James Fulton, was unhurt after their accident.

"Regarding the accident, we can say that Craig was participating in the pre-event test in Croatia", Hyundai's statement says. 

"Road conditions were slippery and the car slid off the road at a relatively low speed and made contact with a wooden fence. 

"A post from this fence intruded into the cabin through the driver’s side window.

 "The stage was closed immediately and the on stage medical team was rapidly on the scene.

 "We must mention that James Fulton was unhurt in the crash and our hearts go out to him. 

"We are doing everything we can to support James at this time.

 "Craig was taken to hospital from the stage. 

"As far as can be determined, Craig’s passing was instantaneous.

 "Hyundai Motorsport and the FIA are working together to review all aspects of the incident. 

"As far as can be ascertained, there was no issue with any element of the car, the tyres or the safety equipment. 

"The local police completed a report at the scene".

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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