Kevin Abbring is fired-up to put on a show for his fans at what he describes as his ‘home’ circuit this weekend (9-10 October), as the Unkorrupted ace predicts ‘a lot of overtaking and contact’ at Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps.
Abbring might not be Belgian, but hailing from Son en Breugel less than 200km away over the Dutch border, he will actually be the most ‘local’ driver in the World RX field at Spa – and he is fast carving out an excellent reputation for himself at the international pinnacle of the discipline.
The 32-year-old raced to his maiden rostrum finish in only his sixth start in the series in Sweden back in August and backed that up with fourth place at the chequered flag in France despite a slipping clutch, but he found himself out of luck in Latvia last time out.
Spurred on by that disappointment and heading into his ‘home’ event sitting sixth in the standings, Abbring is aiming to convert the potential that he has displayed season-long behind the wheel of his Renault Mégane into another champagne celebration.
“Spa certainly feels like a home race weekend,” he acknowledged. “It’s a circuit I know well having raced there in 2016 in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, and I have great memories from my rallying moments there too.
“The rallycross track is new to me, though, and it looks like it’ll provide a lot of action with heavy gravel sections and a short lap that will likely see a lot of overtaking and contact, so it should be really fun to watch!
“Being so close to home, we’ll actually be hosting some guests at Spa for the first time this year and I’m really looking forward to seeing some of my supporters again and bringing the sport close to them – I’ve missed that this season, so it’ll be a very special weekend.”