Date of Birth:28 Aug 89
Car:Ford Fiesta R2
With backing from the Dutch motorsport association KNAF’s Talent First initiative, which helped Kevin Abbring and Hans Weijs Jr break onto the world stage, returns to the WRC Academy for a second season. Van der Marel’s rallying career began in 2008 and his debut in the world championship followed in Germany the same year when he took victory in the N3 class. He is a member of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy and lists Tommi Makinen as his all-time rallying hero.