According to the website of the WRC, Kevin Abbring will have a joint programme in 2016. The Dutch will continue to play the role of a test driver of Hyundai Motorsport, but also will make a few appearances competitive. As was to be expected, Abbring will take on the weight of the development of the Hyundai i20 R5 and precisely in the premiere of this vehicle can take you to play some more testing both in the World as in the ERC. Testing programs with the i20 WRC will depend on the development that may make the mark of his new World Rally Car, a model that also will debut in 2016.
The brand wants to give priority to Neuville, Sordo and Paddon, so that it will not be easy for Kevin Abbring can enjoy the i20 WRC 2016 in the first half of the year, as he explains Alain Penasse: “Abbring will continue to be the test pilot and we have come to an agreement with him to run some rallies next year. The new calendar requires us to reorganize everything, but will be very difficult for Kevin Abbring to be able to ride one of the WRC rally of new generation in the first part of the year. Later it will also be complicated because there will be a large accumulation of rallies”.
More clear seems to your role with the Hyundai i20 R5. In addition to his being the protagonist of the relevant development, also played some tests in the category WRC2, but in any case drops the official program by the volume of evidence, as it will make occasional appearances: “we Want to demonstrate that the R5 will be competitive, so I think that Kevin Abbring will be the appropriate pilot to carry out this function. Will run some rallies, but there will be a full programme in WRC2. Only certain tests. Have three World Rally Car on each rally might take us to run the European with the R5“.