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Kevin wins in his first Monte Carlo

23 january 2012

Volkswagen Junior Kevin Abbring (23) and his co-driver Lara Vanneste (21) produced a fantastic performance on their way to taking victory in the S2000 class for Volkswagen in the 80th Rally Monte Carlo. The rally classic in the principality on the Cote d’Azur is part of the FIA World Championship for the first time since 2008.

Kevin Abbring and Lara Vanneste were awarded the winner’s trophy in the square overshadowed by the Royal Palace in Monaco after a total of 1772 kilometres and 18 demanding special stages, which included the infamous run to Col de Turini. For the young Dutchman and his Belgian co-driver it is the second S2000 class victory after taking the spoils at the Rally Great Britain in November 2011. At the same time Abbring, who celebrated his 23rd birthday in the cockpit on Friday, gave himself his favourite present. "I’m delighted. To win the ‘Monte’ is simply an indescribable feeling. Lara and I are very proud,” beamed Abbring during the victory ceremony at the Royal Palace. "We improved from stage to stage and implemented the team’s instructions. My heartfelt thanks to the entire Volkswagen team for the support, we worked perfectly together.”

"A big complement to our driver teams and the entire team because in rallying a win is always a win for the complete team,” emphasised a satisfied Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen (51). "Kevin put in a fantastic performance, we are proud of him and his co-driver Lara. He impressively demonstrated what a huge talent he is and why we support him as Volkswagen Junior.”

 


 


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Volkswagen talent clinches class victory in Wales

14 november 2011

At the Great Britain Rally in Wales the Dutchman Kevin Abbring with co-driver Lara Vanneste impressed as the winner of the S2000 classification, and in twelfth place overall clinched the so far best result for the Volkswagen team.

“The Great Britain Rally with fast gravel stretches and unpredictable weather represents one of the biggest challenges in the WRC. Kevin Abbring showed a very strong driving performance and did a good job of presenting himself together with his co-driver Lara Vanneste,” said an obviously pleased Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “But Sepp Wiegand convinced us as well. He continually improved throughout the weekend and proved his talent. We’ll continue to observe both drivers.”

At the fourth test run across a total distance of 354 kilometres of special stages the Volkswagen factory team had again sent two Fabia S2000 cars from the Group’s Škoda brand across the starting ramp in order to evaluate young talents. From 2013 on, Volkswagen will compete in the top category of rally sport with the Polo R WRC that is concurrently being developed. Nissen: “The first rally runs in Finland, Germany, Spain and Great Britain have given us important findings for our WRC entry in 2013 with respect to fielding the vehicles, the organisation of the team and the related logistics.”

Kevin Abbring (22) together with his Belgian co-driver Lara Vanneste (21) piloted the four-wheel drive 270-HP Fabia S2000 to first place in the S2000 classification. Overall, the pairing occupied an outstanding twelfth place in the Great Britain Rally. The young Dutchman merely lost the lead in class briefly after the eleventh leg in heavy fog. “I’m very happy. The car was running superbly and had very good balance, which was important on the slippery ground. I felt that the team trust me and hope that I haven’t disappointed them. It’s a great opportunity to be driving in such a professional squad as the Volkswagen team.”



 

 


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Kevin Abbring takes 2011 Institute Award

28 october 2011

FIA Institute presents 2011 Driver of the Academy award to rally driver Kevin Abbring.

Dutchman Kevin Abbring has won the Driver of the Academy award for the inaugural FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.


The 22-year-old rally driver was presented with the trophy at a graduation ceremony following the final Academy workshop in Teesdorf, Austria last night.


Abbring’s ability on the track and his understanding of the safety elements of the Academy’s curriculum impressed the Institute throughout the year. He has already expressed his commitment to be an ambassador for the Institute, advocating the Academy-learned safety messages.


As part of his prize, Abbring will be taken to a World Rally event with Academy Performance Managers Robert Reid and Alex Wurz, who will ensure he has the opportunity to meet some of the World Rally Championship’s most influential people to help him progress his career.


As well as participating in the 2011 Academy, Abbring has performed exceptionally well in his championship this year. The former Junior World Rally Championship frontrunner has been one of the stars of the French Gravel Championship, regularly placing his Citroen DS3 R3 in extraordinary overall positions and winning the two-wheel-drive category.


Abbring is one of 12 motor sport competitors, who have all now graduated from the Academy. Each driver was given a certificate to mark this achievement and a specially engrave watch from Formula One sponsor TW Steel.
Programme managers Robert Reid and Alex Wurz – both of whom have competed at the highest level of global motor sport – picked Abbring out of an exceptional bunch of Academy graduates.


Reid said: “This has definitely been a very difficult decision – all of the guys have been very good. Kevin has undoubtedly got a huge amount of talent and he has engaged with the Academy programme exceptionally well. From the outset, he took everything in, both from a theoretical and practical perspective. He’s going to be a great ambassador both for the FIA Institute and for the Academy itself.”


Richard Woods, FIA Institute Director General, said: “Kevin’s natural ability in a car helped him to get onto the programme, but his determination to learn more about the safety aspects of motor sport, allied with great leadership and motivation, have earned him the Driver of the Academy award.”


Abbring himself is in no doubt about the benefits brought to him through the Academy programme this year. He said: “The FIA Institute Academy really has helped me to develop as a driver. We came here, thinking we could drive and, of course, we could, but there is so much more to the sport before you are able to get to the top. And this is where the Academy helps; it enhances your strong points and enables you to overcome your weak points, allowing you to develop into a complete package.


“The safety aspect of the programme is vital as well. It doesn’t matter if you are competing or driving on the road, safety remains paramount. This programme instills those safety messages in us and arms us with the ability to teach others.”

 


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