Kevin Abbring will continue under the umbrella of Hyundai Motorsport in 2017 or at least that is what is inferred from the tweet posted by the team Korean to confirm the participation of the pilot Dutch in the first rally of the WRC. Without options, to compete with one of the three Hyundai i20 WRC 2017 that will be in the running for the team Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon, the dutchman Kevin Abbring will compete with Hyundai i20 R5 in the Monte carlo Rally, , in what is understood as the first stop of a program with a R5 official of the firm.
Kevin Abbring was taken over by Hyundai in 2015 as a pilot test with the clear goal of working in the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC, although his good work enabled him to have a programme of four rallies during that season. In similar terms was moved by the dutchman this year, all time that had a program of three rallies with a i20 WRC for 2015, although the Dutch also have the opportunity to replace Dani Sordo in Finland. All in all, the great work of Kevin Abbring has been the development of the Hyundai i20 R5, a model that made its debut in France and Wales.
Now, Abbring will compete with the Hyundai i20 R5 in Monte carlo, being reasonable to think that Hyundai Motorsport will offer a program in WRC2 with a view to fight for wins and more importantly, to promote the benefits of the i20 R5 in the more competitive environment possible. However, this model has a clear vocation of ‘race-client’ and must be economic support of the program of Hyundai Motorsport in the WRC. A strategy similar to the one that will Hyundai Spain in the WAX with the presence of two units to Surhayen Pernía and Ivan Ares.