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Kevin with strong performance at Mexico debut

21 march 2012

Kevin Abbring with strong performance and misfortune at Mexico debut

Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia (F/F) finished ahead of three more powerful WRC cars and scored the first four championship points. Volkswagen Junior Kevin Abbring (NL) and his new co-driver Frédéric Miclotte (B) were struck by misfortune. After having set good initial times they were forced to retire in the second Škoda Fabia S2000 due to technical problems on the 16th special stage.

As in Monaco, Volkswagen Junior Kevin Abbring showed a strong driving performance. The young Dutchman at times was similarly quick as his team-mate Ogier until technical problems thwarted any hope of scoring a good overall result. The Škoda S2000 first stopped due to a fuel supply problem after the fifth special stage on Friday which caused Abbring/Miclotte to receive a total of 25 penalty minutes and made them drop to the bottom of the standings. After the re-start according to the Rally 2 regulations engine failure on the 16th special stage forced them to retire. "Obviously, I’m disappointed,” said Abbring. "My times weren’t far from those set by Sébastien and in my book he’s one of world’s three best rally racers. And despite the fact that he had some disadvantages due to the unfavourable starting positions I’m proud of having been quicker on three special stages. The collaboration with my new co-driver Frédéric Miclotte was superb. Now I’m looking forward to Portugal because that rally suits me well.”

"The extremely stony gravel tracks at an altitude of over 2,000 metres make the Mexico Rally one of the most demanding rallies for ‘man and material,’” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "We’ve gathered conclusive measurements for the development of the Polo R WRC. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia did a very good job. It’s a shame that Kevin Abbring and Frédéric Miclotte suffered a bit of misfortune as they’d been running at a nice, fast past up to that point in time. The enthusiasm of the Mexican rally fans is fantastic. And it’s a good feeling to note that the Volkswagen brand has so many fans in Mexico.”

 



 



 


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Kevin is keen on another great result

20 march 2012

Two runs, two wins in the S2000 class of the FIA World Rally Championship – the start into the season was very successful for the Volkswagen Motorsport squad. An extreme challenge is now awaiting the team at Rally Mexico, the third WRC round held from 08 to 11 March. At an altitude of over 2,000 metres the special stages are the geographically highest ones of the whole season. The first gravel event of the year will see the Volkswagen factory team run with the Dutchman Kevin Abbring and his new co-driver Frédéric Miclotte from Belgium alongside Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F).

Kevin's return

As planned, the Dutchman Kevin Abbring is running in the second Fabia S2000 fielded by Volkswagen Motorsport in Latin America. The 23-year-old driver is a member of the Volkswagen Junior Team and taking turns in the cockpit with the Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen this season. At his most recent run at Rallye Monte Carlo, Abbring clinched S2000 class victory. "For me, this rally is totally new,” says Abbring who is running with his new Frédéric Miclotte for the first time. "That’s why the recce is even more important for me. This will be the first rally with my new and highly experienced co-driver Freddy Miclotte. We practised together in the past few weeks and optimised our road-book.” The young Dutchman is set on continuing the good performance he showed in Monte Carlo: "The many gravel stages are good for me, not least due to my experiences in the 2010 French Gravel Championship. I am looking forward to the spectator stage through the tunnels in Guanajuato on Thursday, with tens of thousands of spectators.”





 

 


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Kevin makes hard career decision

30 january 2012

Abbring makes difficult choice for the next step of his rally career.
 

After winning the French 2wd Gravel championship title last year as well as two S2000 class wins in the Rally GB and Rally the Monte Carlo, Kevin Abbring (23) and codriver Lara Vanneste (21) will not continue as a team. Frederic Miclotte from Belgium will take over.

Of course this was a difficult but important decision for Kevin Abbring.

“ This point in my career is probably one of the most important! “ Although VW chose me for their Junior program i do not have a huge WRC experience if you compare to some other youngsters, so there is not a lot of time to adjust.

Together with Lara they were the youngest team in the WRC in Rally GB and Monte Carlo, with which they earned a lot of respect.

So why this choice?. “ Despite her young age Lara was already used to rallying. She started her first rally some years ago in a Corolla WRC. She proved her skills with Dominique Bruyneel and Pieter Tsjoen which are good references”. Kevin was surprised how quickly she adapted when they did their first rally together in Holland end 2010. Inside the car she is really good, if you imagine to get into a works team this year so quickly you have to be able to adapt very fast and she did. I really thank her for the effort and dedication she showed over the last year and i am shure she will be very succesfull in the future.

“ On the other side i have to be honest to myself. Many chances like this will probably not follow soon, so to make the best out of it, everything has to be as good as possible, together with someone who can coach me. This is only possible by means of experience, if you take notice of the available time we have. That is why i chose to team up with Frederic Miclotte”.

“ This is someone with the ideal combination of age and experience ( 33 WRC events done as well as a lot of other international rally’s). This experience he gained with Freddy loix and Dennis Kuipers he is willing to share with me”.

As Frederic said; “ i am really motivated to help this young driver in the WRC, and i have a lot of confidence that we will make a good team. I feel sorry for Lara at this moment as we also get along very good but that is the way some things happen. I would also like to thank Freddy Loix and Dennis Kuipers for the fantastic time we spend as they were the people who were a big help in my career.

Because of them i have a bag of experience now and i am very much looking forward tot his new adventure “.

Coming weekend Kevin and Frederic will leave to do the recce of Rally Sweden which is a good opportunity to get used to each other. After that Rally Mexico will be their first outing together in the rally car.

 


 


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