Organizers of Croatia Rally were thinking of cancelling their event after Breen's death

The Chairman of Croatia Rally organizers, Daniel Saskin, says that they were considering of cancelling their WRC round after Craig Breen's fatal crash, but they changed their mind after their discussions with Hyundai.

Craig Breen had a fatal accident on Thursday 13 April when he was testing his i20N for Croatia Rally near Lobor. The incident happened at 12:40 on the afternoon when the Irishman went off the road and his car hit a wooden pole with the front left end which eventually was passed via his side window and hit him on the head. He died on the spot and his death shocked the motorsport community as rallying was his passion and showed it with his emotions and his participations. His funeral took place in Ireland, two days before the start of the Shakedown session in Croatia while the organizers of the fourth WRC round paid tribute to him by organizing some special events honoring his life and his career in rallying.

"We were in the final days of our preparation when we got the news", Saskin said. 

"Like you can imagine, nobody ever thought this would happen. 

"Honestly, I never thought I would be so close to somebody’s death like this, it was terrible.

"A complete tragedy.

"I talked with the 10 or 12 people in the organizing team here and we talked, of course with the FIA and WRC Promoter. 

"We were seriously thinking to stop the event.

"In the end, Hyundai was talking to us and told us what they were thinking from their side".


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