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M-Sport Ford World Rally Adds New Co-Driver After Retirement

The M-Sport Ford World Rally team recently announced a change to its roster, adding James Fulton to the lineup to replace Paul Nagle, who has elected to retire from his position as Craig Breen’s co-driver. Ford Performance reported that Fulton will take his post as co-driver of Breen’s Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid racer at Rally Japan on November 10th, 2022. Nagle’s retirement was not unexpected, leaving the M-Sport Ford team to search for a competitor to replace him, and Fulton was selected for his experience competing in the WRC2 Championship. Fulton has also spent time at several WRC events this year with Breen and Nagle in preparation for his new position. Nagle will also attend Rally Japan to help train Fulton to take over as co-driver.

“I don’t have a huge amount to say other than that I am delighted to get the opportunity,” Fulton said. “It’s something that I have been aiming towards for a while now, naturally, like any co-driver to get to the top-level. I have been working with Craig for quite a while now and I have done a couple of tests in the Puma so I am really looking forward to developing the relationship with him and the car as well as with the team. I am looking forward to getting stuck into it and doing the best possible job.”

Breen said, “I have every confidence in James [Fulton]. He has good experience; he’s been on the most recent tests with us and he’s going to be in the car for Japan – that gives him good experience ahead of next season. Paul [Nagle] will also be joining us in Japan, just to settle everything in and give James plenty of reassurance.”

Over the course of his career with M-Sport Ford, Nagle has amassed five WRC victories and 18 WRC podium finishes.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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