Hyundai Motorsport continue to forge forward with their FIA World Rally Championship programme and will add young Dutchman Kevin Abbring to their line-up for 2015.
After a promising debut season which included a 1-2 victory lead home by Thierry Neuville at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the South Korean manufacturer will be looking to make further progress and have added a number of new affiliates to the team including Hyundai Mobis and Hyundai Steel.
As further commitment to their motor sport programme the manufacturer will be bringing in Abbring for testing duties, a role that he took part in last year, taking part in a number of pre-event roll-outs.
Alongside taking part in development tests of the new generation i20 WRC the 26-year-old will compete in selected WRC events alongside co-driver Sebastian Marshall.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Hyundai Motorsport driver line-up in 2015 in the role of test driver” said Abbring.
“I watched the team’s debut season in WRC with interest and they really surpassed everyone’s expectations. I look forward to making a contribution to the ongoing development of the car and working with a very talented team of people.”
Team Principal Michel Nandan added “We are pleased to include Kevin in our driver line-up for 2015, He is an extremely talented young driver and definitely one to watch for the future.
“We take our role as a WRC manufacturer seriously and have to invest in the talent of tomorrow. He impressed us with his approach and his ability in some roll-outs last year and we followed his progress in ERC and Rallye de France closely.
“He has vast experience with different rally cars and his contribution to the development of our New Generation i20 WRC will be valuable. It’s great to have him as part of our driver roster.”