Kevin Abbring is set to race in a fourth Hyundai i20 WRC machine for four rounds of this season's World Rally Championship.

The Dutch driver will compete under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team banner at the WRC events in Poland, Germany, France and Great Britain. The 26-year-old was named Hyundai's official test rally driver at the start of 2015 after spending last season racing for the Peugeot Rally Academy.

Abbring stepped into the number 20 Hyundai i20 WRC machine at Rally Sweden when Hayden Paddon filled in for the injured Dani Sordo in the number eight Hyundai car. The test driver finished a respectable 11th place on his debut at the only snow rally on the calendar.

The Dutchman will now compete alongside Paddon, Sordo and Thierry Neuville in four rounds of this year's WRC, starting at Rally Poland on the 3-5 July.

"I am excited to be returning to WRC and happy to be part of the Hyundai Motorsport's line-up at four events starting with Poland," Abbring said. "From a driver's point of view, testing is nice to get a rhythm and a feeling for the potential of a car, but there is no substitution for competitive rallying.

"It feels like a long time since Sweden and I'm looking forward to being back. The experiences of Rally Sweden were useful to get an idea for how the team works during a rally weekend but I've been working with the team for a long time now, so it really feels like family."

Abbring is fancied to be one of the hottest prospects in WRC after becoming the youngest Junior World Rally Championship event winner in Poland in 2009.

Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan hopes the four rallies will provide Abbring with the opportunity to gain valuable WRC experience as he looks to step up into the premier class.

"He [Abbring] did a good job in Sweden stepping into the car, with a very professional approach and enthusiastic attitude," Nandan said. "These four events will offer Kevin the chance to gain more experience as a WRC driver and to further enhance our aims at nurturing young driving talent in the WRC.

"We want to give Kevin the chance to compete at the highest level and to grow his skills against the most competitive drivers in WRC."



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