‘Helmet time to hang’ – World Rally Championship Co-Driver Paul Nagle Ready To Retire

‘Helmet time to hang’ – World Rally Championship Co-Driver Paul Nagle Ready To Retire

Paul Nagle announced his decision to retire as rally co-driver after the World Rally Championship round in Catalonia by the end of this month.

“I don’t feel any younger. I am 44 years old. My kids are at an age where I want to spend more time at home with them. My whole life was put on hold by my wife during the last ten years.

World Rally Championship Co-Driver Paul Nagle Ready To Retire
‘Helmet time to hang’ – World Rally Championship Co-Driver Paul Nagle Ready To Retire

“I’ve given my whole life, the last 20 years, to motorsport and this time it really is ‘Helmet time to hang’.

“I started chasing a dream as a young boy and I am lucky enough to have lived a dream and risen to the top of the game”

A contract was signed by Nagle by the end of 2023, but he explained that his racing team M-Sport and driver Breen had been made aware of his intentions and “there were never any problems”.

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The WRC-related debut was made by Nagle with fellow Kerryman Donny O’Sullivan at the Ford Focus in the 2004 Rally Catalunya.

He drove for a decade with Tyrone-affiliated native Chris Meeke, and the pair won five WRC rounds with Citron between 2015 and 2018, including the Catalunya Rally which was chosen as his final farewell by Nagle. Is.

Killarney and District Motor Club have also been co-driven by MAN for Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen and Irish champion Gareth McHale.

Nagle was teamed with Waterford man Craig Breen and his Hyundai from 2019 to 2021 and both recorded four podium finishes in that time.

Competing in the Ford Puma Rally 1 this season, they came third in the season’s inaugural Monte Carlo Rally and second in Sardinia in June.

Breen was backed by Nagle to recover from a recent disappointing performance at Rally New Zealand, prompting speculation about his future with M-Sport.

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