One other Kevin is becoming a member of this yr’s FIA World Rallycross Championship. Competing towards Kevin Hansen of Hansen Motorsports this yr will likely be Kevin Abbring. Abbring (32) will race below the UNKORRUPTED staff banner, behind the wheel of a Renault Mégane R.S. RX ready by French engineering outfit FORS Applied sciences. Abbring turns into the primary Dutchman to compete in a full World RX season, and he couldn’t be extra delighted;
“I’ve been engaged on some unbelievable tasks, and I’m actually enthusiastic about the way forward for motorsport. To get the prospect to contest a whole championship at world degree in parallel this season is one thing I’ve been engaged on for such a very long time now.”
“Due to the newest tasks and take a look at actions I’ve been concerned in, I really feel quicker than I’ve ever been. I’ve labored with each staff member carefully earlier than and I’m beginning to perceive the Mégane higher and higher. I can’t wait to push for victories collectively!”
‘Quicker than ever,’ feels like an ominous warning to these but to announce their dedication to this yr’s World RX season, as Abbring comes into the class with huge expertise in a wide range of collection. That have started within the enviornment of Rallycross, the place Abbring loved enormous early success, profitable the Dutch and Belgian titles thrice by the age of 16. He switched to Rallying in 2007 and obtained an additional accolade within the type of the youngest ever driver to win a spherical of the Junior World Rally Championship. He noticed additional success in 2013, profitable the French Peugeot 208 Rally Cup. This noticed him earn a manufacturing unit drive within the following yr’s European Rally Championship, a yr that was blighted by retirements however did carry two podium finishes. Abbring adopted this up by turning into a key member of the event staff behind Hyundai Motorsports i20 WRC automobile.
One other notable a part of Abbring’s background is his dedication to environmentally aware motorsport. He turned the primary Dutch driver ever to enter and win a rally in a automobile run on bio-methanol in 2010. He has additionally been part of GCK Motorsport since final yr as a growth driver for the outfits dedication to greener motorsport.
Lately Abbring has made a return to the Rallycross scene. In 2019 he competed in two rounds of World RX, ending in 4th place in Norway and Sweeden in an ES Motorsport Škoda Fabia, famously main the ultimate on his debut in Hell. Following his partnership with GCK, Abbring competed in World RX Finland final yr in a Renault Clio below the GCK UNKORRUPTED banner.
Abbring will likely be hoping his huge off-road expertise and transient prospers of World RX brilliance will put him in good stead all through the 2021 World RX season. Rallycross followers will have the ability to see how he stacks up towards the remainder of the sphere when the eight-round collection will get underway at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya on 23-24 July.