Abbring wins first ever podium spot with UNKORRUPTED

Abbring wins first ever podium spot with UNKORRUPTED

22.08.2021: Round 2 of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship delivers nail-bitingly close race action to Holjes, Sweden • Abbring finishes 3rd overall at the 2nd round of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship • This marks Kevin's and UNKORRUPTE

Round 2 of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship delivers nail-bitingly close race action to Holjes, Sweden




•    Abbring finishes 3rd overall at the 2nd round of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship

•    This marks Kevin's and UNKORRUPTED's first ever podium in the FIA World Rallycross Championship

•    UNKORRUPTED Megane R.S. RX impresses with pace all weekend, pushing for fastest lap times several times and scoring the fastest qualifier time in Q3





Round 2 of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship season saw Kevin Abbring successfully build on last round’s performance to race the UNKORRUPTED team to 3rd overall, winning his and the team’s first ever podium spot in the world championship. Kevin leaves Holjes, Sweden with 37 Championship points, having moved up to 4th in the Championship standings.


 
Kicking off this weekend’s racing at one of the world’s most famous rallycross venues with a taste of what was to come, Abbring finished the first 3 free practice sessions on Saturday morning in P2.
 


Following a good start in the race weekend’s first qualifier, the first lap saw the Dutchman being urned into the barrier by Ide on the inside line of the joker. He was able to restart the car and then proceded to put the fastest lap times on the clock as he caught up to the pack, finishing in 4th with the 8th fastest time of the 1st qualifier.
 


The day’s second qualifier saw more close action, as Abbring avoided contact into the first corner to race into p3 but lost time in traffic following the joker which saw him cross the finish line in 4th. Abbring is p8 overnight and, promisingly, the fastest lap time of the day.


Starting the day as he finished the previous, Abbring posted the fastest time in the warm up as a fresh bright morning greeted the UNKORRUPTED team ahead of the third qualifier of this race weekend in Sweden.
 


A good start had Abbring in p2 of Q3 into the first corner, from where he jokered straight away to work his way through the pack. Having battled into the lead, he took the chequered flag to win the qualifier, scoring another fastest lap time as well as the fastest time of the qualifier to boost, moving up in the standings to p3 overall.
 


On pole for the 4th qualifier of the day, Abbring took another joker in the first lap coming out in 4th. He chased down the pack over the following laps, winning back two positions to cross the finish line in 2nd, securing Abbring a spot on the first row of the semi-final in Holjes.
 


Having started the final race of the weekend from the 2nd row thanks to a successful semi-final finish, Abbring pushed ahead into p2 before diving into the joker coming out in 5th. Quickly chasing down the pack, he outpaced Rytkonen and Szabo to finish the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 3rd, bagging his and UNKORRUPTED’s first ever rallycross podium.
 


“I’m super pleased with this result - the team has been working so hard, it’s great to see us convert on the track and end up on the podium, really proud of everyone. We started off the season showing promising pace and here in Holjes, kicked it up a notch again.


We put down leading times in both the semi and the final, which gives the whole team such a boost ahead of the upcoming event in France. I absolutely loved this spectacular track here in Sweden, and it was great to race in front of fans to take my first podium in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Now onto France, where I'm hoping for even better results.”, Kevin commented.




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