Paddon: Aggression the key to Sweden success
Kiwi forced to adapt his style
The 26-year old joined the Hyundai squad in January as test driver and was also promised at least four WRC outings this season in an i20 World Rally Car.
But his competitive debut came earlier than expected last week, when works driver Dani Sordo withdrew injured before Sweden and Abbring made his first team appearance with just one day of testing under his belt.
Despite his inexperience - this was his first event in a World Rally Car, and his first attempt at Rally Sweden - Abbring kept out of trouble to bring his car home 11th and take a fastest time along the way.
“When you consider we really were starting from the beginning, with no experience in a World Rally Car and no experience on snow, I think we should be very pleased.” Abbring told wrc.com
“I really hope to be in the car again soon. Exactly when depends on the development of the the new one, but I already appreciate the mileage I had in Sweden. I think they were the most productive kilometres in my life.”
Abbring had not tackled Rally Sweden before, but said the challenge of the snow and ice stages was easier than adjusting to the speed of a World Rally Car.
“Okay, the rally was difficult, but when you are not pushing on the limit you discover things without problems,” he said. “But I found that when you are doing the recce at 70kph, and not feeling the potential speed, it’s really hard to make decent pace notes. That, combined with driving the WRC car for the first time, was more difficult than the snow!”