Breen Brings on the Rallyday Legends

World Rally Championship star Craig Breen will make his Rallyday debut on September 21.

The Irishman, who will drive his own MG Metro 6R4 on September 21, is the first of a host of legends to be named for the Castle Combe event.

Breen said: “Rallyday’s an event I’ve always wanted to get to, but the timing has never worked out. This year it’s in the diary. 

“I think everybody knows how much rallying means to me, it’s everything. So, the chance to come along and spend the day among like-minded people, catch up with some friends and drive some pretty special cars… Rallyday’s my kind of day!”

And the MG Metro 6R4 is Craig’s kind of car.

“I grew up with my dad (Ray Breen) driving one of these at home in Ireland. It was so special – and still is. I remember when dad used to start the Metro up in the garage at home, it was so loud all the trophies I’d won from karting that were on the shelves in my room would start shaking.

“These Metros are so, so special and the chance to bring it along and show it to a good few folk at Rallyday is fantastic. 

“I understand there’s going to be some really nice cars with great history from BGMsport, so I’ll be talking nicely to Ian [Gwynne] to see if I can’t get the chance to drive one or two of those as well!”

Rallyday organiser Tom Davis is delighted to welcome Breen as the first Rallyday Legend.

“Earlier this year we revealed a new addition with the Rallyday Legends,” said Tom. “We’ve created a new stage for the Rallyday Legends, with the plan being to put legendary drivers and cars on a slightly different, more challenging stage in front of the fans for an hour in the middle of the day. 
 
“It’s fantastic news to be able to announce Craig as our first Rallyday Legend and we’re thrilled he’s going to be bringing his 6R4 along as well. We’ve got plenty more cars and drivers qualifying as legends to announce in the coming weeks.

“Having one of the world’s fastest and finest rally drivers with us for the day is fantastic news. But it’s even better when that driver is as much of a rally fan as Craig is. We’ve all seen how much enthusiasm he brings to the sport and we’re looking forward to making him very, very welcome when he joins us for the first time in September.”

WRC star Breen’s participation at Rallyday is just one of the highlights for the 2019 event.

The Rallyday Legend stage incorporates sections of the track not used by rally cars since Castle Combe’s last appearance on the RAC Rally itinerary in 1983, the first year of the Group B category. As ever, Group B – including Breen’s MG Metro 6R4 – will be at the heart of the event.

In addition to that, Davis has confirmed the life and legend of Pentti Airikkala will be remembered 10 years on from his death, 30 years on from his sole World Rally Championship win on the 1989 Lombard RAC Rally and 40 years on from his British Rally Championship win.

Current Toyota Gazoo Racing star and Rallyday regular Jari-Matti Latvala is one of many drivers who benefitted from Airikkala’s tuition earlier in his career.

Latvala said: “I would like to come to Rallyday this year to help remember Pentti, he was a very special guy. He helped me when I first came to the UK to drive – he taught me about left-foot braking and the benefits of wearing yellow glasses for the driving.

“We have Rally GB testing around the time of Rallyday, so we have to look to the schedule, but for sure, if I can be there, I would really like to.”

Tom added: “Pentti was a Finn, but at the same time he lived in Britain for so long – and he was a huge hit with British fans. The chance to remember him here is something very important to us and, obviously, we’ll do all we can to make sure we have Jari-Matti with us for that occasion.

“This year’s event is really taking shape now and it’s looking very exciting. As well as the new standalone addition of Rallyday Legends, we will still have the feature cars which are always such a hit with the fans.

“As usual for that display section, we would direct people to rallyday.com for the online entry and selection process. Having these very special cars – whether as static or driving the stage – is so important to us.”

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