Kevin Abbring

Kevin Abbring (born 20 January 1989) is a Dutch rally driver. His father, Edwin Abbring, is also a well-known former rally driver.

Kevin Abbring
Kevin Abbring 2013-12-01.jpg
Kevin Abbring in 2013
Personal information
NationalityNetherlands Dutch
Born (1989-01-20) 20 January 1989 (age 31)
World Rally Championship record
Active years20072012, 2014–present
TeamsKNAF Talent First, Hyundai
Rallies39
Championships0
Rally wins0
Podiums0
Stage wins1
Total points10
First rally2007 Rallye Deutschland
Last updated on: 22 August 2018.

CareerEdit

Abbring started his motorsport career in Rallycross with a 60 bhp strong buggy for newcomers, winning the 2005 and 2006 titles of the Dutch Ford RST series. In 2007 he competed in the Dutch Rally Championship with a Mitsubishi Colt. He also made his World Rally Championship debut in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX. In 2008 he began competing in the Junior World Rally Championship in a Renault Clio R3, with backing from KNAF Talent First. He took his first JWRC win on the 2009 Rally Poland, on his way to fourth in the final standings for 2009.[1] In 2010 he won the JWRC in Portugal. He has also competed in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, winning the 2WD category in Ypres and Zlín. In October 2011 Abbring won the Driver of the Academy award for the inaugural FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.

After a successful trial rally for Volkswagen Motorsport driving a Škoda Fabia S2000 car at 2011 Wales Rally GB he signed with Volkswagen for the 2012 WRC season driving one of their Fabia's, sharing the second seat alongside Sebastien Ogier with Andreas Mikkelsen. Sadly, he was offered very few outings by VW in 2012 and didn't rally in the WRC at all in 2013.

In 2013 he won the French Peugeot 208 Rally Cup, leading to Peugeot Sport offering him a drive in the European Rally Championship in their new Peugeot 208 T16 R5 car.

Plagued with technical issues, Abbring took the lead in 5 ERC events, but was forced to retire with engine trouble on all event except Azores, (where he finished 2nd after falling back from the lead with mechanical issues) and the Tour de Corse, where he finished 3rd.

In January 2015, it was announced he would be the main testdriver for Hyundai Motorsport in the World Rally Championship. While his main focus would be the development of the new Hyundai i20 WRC, Abbring and Seb Marshall were also entered on selected WRC events later in the year.[2]

He took his first stage win and first points at the 2016 13º Rally d'Italia Sardinia. He won his first international rally at the wheel of a Hyundai i20 R5 at the French Rallye du Var in 2016. In 2017, he was the first Dutchman ever to win the biggest rally of Belgium, the Ypres Rally, at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 R5.

ResultsEdit

WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2007 KNAF Talent First Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MON
SWE
NOR
MEX
POR
ARG
ITA
GRE
FIN
GER
41
NZL
ESP
FRA
JPN
IRE
GBR
NC 0
2008 KNAF Talent First Renault Clio R3 MON
SWE
MEX
ARG
JOR
Ret
ITA
Ret
GRE
TUR
FIN
33
GER
34
NZL
ESP
40
FRA
30
JPN
GBR
NC 0
2009 KNAF Talent First Renault Clio R3 IRE
22
NOR
CYP
POR
19
ARG
ITA
Ret
GRE
POL
11
FIN
Ret
AUS
ESP
27
GBR
NC 0
2010 KNAF Talent First Renault Clio R3 SWE
MEX
JOR
TUR
15
NZL
POR
21
BUL
21
FIN
GER
Ret
JPN
FRA
Ret
ESP
GBR
NC 0
2011 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
12
NC 0
2012 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
12
SWE MEX
Ret
POR
DNS
ARG GRE NZL FIN GER GBR
25
FRA ITA ESP NC 0
2014 Peugeot Rally Academy Peugeot 208 T16 MON SWE MEX POR ARG ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA
14
ESP GBR NC 0
2015 Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 WRC MON SWE
11
MEX ARG POR ITA POL
15
FIN GER
11
AUS FRA
Ret
ESP GBR NC 0
2016 Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 WRC MON SWE MEX ARG POR
Ret
ITA
15
POL FIN
9
GER CHN
C
ESP
7
AUS 16th 10
Hyundai i20 R5 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
2017 Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 R5 MON
31
SWE MEX FRA ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER ESP GBR AUS NC 0
2018 Kevin Abbring Ford Fiesta R5 MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
MEX FRA ARG POR
Ret
ITA FIN GER TUR GBR ESP AUS NC 0

WRC-2 resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2016 Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 R5 MON SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER CHN
C
FRA
Ret
ESP GBR
Ret
AUS NC 0
2018 Kevin Abbring Ford Fiesta R5 MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
MEX FRA ARG POR
Ret
ITA FIN GER TUR GBR ESP AUS NC 0

JWRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 JWRC Points
2008 Knaf Talent First Renault Clio R3 MEX JOR
Ret
ITA
Ret
FIN
6
GER
6
ESP
11
FRA
8
13th 7
2009 Knaf Talent First Renault Clio R3 IRE
5
CYP POR
2
ARG ITA
Ret
POL
1
FIN
Ret
ESP
4
4th 27
2010 Knaf Talent First Renault Clio R3 TUR
3
POR
1
BUL
7
GER
Ret
FRA
Ret
ESP 5th 46

ERC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2014 Peugeot Rally Academy Peugeot 208 T16 AUT LVA GRC
Ret
GBR
Ret
PRT
2
BEL
Ret
EST CZE
Ret
CYP ROU CHE
Ret
FRA
3
6 63

Overall rally victoriesEdit

Year Event Car Championship
2016   Rallye du Var Hyundai i20 R5 French
2017   Rallye de Wallonie Peugeot 208 R5 Belgian
2017   Ypres Rally Peugeot 208 R5 TER, Belgian, British

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kevin Abbring". Results. ewrc-results. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Hyundai signs Kevin Abbring to part-time WRC deal for 2015". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2018.

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