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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