Hyundai Motorsport confirms first 2016 WRC events for Kevin Abbring in Portugal and Italy
Hyundai Motorsport has announced its test driver Kevin Abbring is to take part in Portugal(May 19~22) and Italy(June 9~12) rallies as part of a four-car entry for the team
Abbring will run the latest specification 2015 Hyundai i20 WRC for these two events, which will be the first of three events in this year’s WRC
Abbring has helped to develop both the New Generation i20 WRC and R5 Customer Project car, running a combined programme of test and competitive kilometres.
March 15, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport has today revealed that its test and development driver Kevin Abbring will compete in three rounds of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in a fourth car, starting with Rally de Portugal and Rally Italia Sardegna.
Kevin Abbring will drive the latest specification of the 2015 Hyundai i20 WRC, the same car that Hayden Paddon used in the Monte-Carlo 2016 season opener, wearing the #10. Alongside co-driver Seb Marshall, Abbring competed in five WRC events last year, showing his potential as he memorably ran as high as second place in the France Rally.
Abbring hopes to accelerate his learning curve across successive events while striving to achieve the best possible overall result for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team. His third competitive rally of 2016 has not yet been decided.
Abbring said: “I am very excited to have the first two of my three rallies this year in Portugal and in Sardinia. The two rallies are right after one another so I should benefit from the momentum going from one event to the next. My objective for Rally de Portugal will be to get into the rhythm as soon as possible and then achieve a top-ten classification. We will be starting with the 2015 car, but that won’t matter for these events. I have rallied in Portugal and Sardinia twice each, four or five years ago. It has been a while so I am very excited to be back in the car again. One of my future targets is to do all rallies in the Championship but, for the moment, I have a huge job with developing two cars - the New Generation i20 WRC and the R5 car.”
Abbring has spent the start of 2016 carrying out development of the New Generation i20 R5 customer motorsport car for Hyundai Motorsport’s new Customer Project. He has also been instrumental in development of the New Generation i20 WRC that has taken two podium results in the three opening rounds of the new WRC season. -Ends-
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany. In its second season, the team was involved in a closely fought battle for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship, adding more podiums and stage wins to its tally. For its third season in WRC, Hyundai Motorsport has developed a brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, which made its rally debut with a podium finish in Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2016.
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