GROUP RAL­LY­ING ED­I­TOR “Breen is ‘in’ be­cause he is quick enough”

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Hyundai team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan has told Mo­tor­sport News he will find a way to keep Kevin Abbring and his Bri­tish co-driver Se­bas­tian Mar­shall in the team for next sea­son.

Abbring’s chances of a front­line seat in next sea­son’s se­ries went south when the Korean team an­nounced Thierry Neuville would re­main in the squad for a fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son. Hav­ing com­pleted much of the test­ing on Hyundai’s 2017-spec­i­fi­ca­tion New Gen­er­a­tion i20 WRC, Abbring would have been in a strong po­si­tion to fill one of the three seats on of­fer.

In­stead, it looks like Abbring and Mar­shall could face a fur­ther sea­son of test­ing.

Nan­dan told MN: “For the mo­ment, noth­ing is de­cided for Kevin. For us he did a very good job and I would like to keep him as a test driver, but I un­der­stand he would like to do some ral­lies. We have to see if we can com­bine some­thing to try to make him happy for next sea­son. But con­cern­ing his role in de­vel­op­ing and test­ing, we know he’s good and we are re­ally happy with what he has done for us. Of course, there will be more of this work next sea­son as well, we will con­tinue to de­velop the R5 and we will

Abbring will re­main in an i20

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