WRC's Kevin Abbring to make WRX debut at Hell, Tidemand returns

Sometime World Rally Championship drivers Kevin Abbring and Pontus Tidemand will compete in next month's World Rallycross round at Norway's Hell round

WRC's Kevin Abbring to make WRX debut at Hell, Tidemand returns

Former works Hyundai WRC driver Abbring will make his WRX debut with the ES Motorsport squad.

Abbring conducted most of the allocated 1000 kilometres of development running in the 2018 off-season to prepare its Skoda Fabia.

ES Motorsport initially ran reigning European Super1600 Champion Rokas Baciuska in the opening two rounds of the year, but then parted way ways with the driver prior to the Spa round.

Ex-WRC driver Francois Duval then filled the seat for Spa but failed to make the semi-finals.

ES Motorsport then skipped Silverstone, and incurred a suspended €50,000 fine, before announcing Abbring's Hell drive.

Tidemand will also compete at Hell in an Eklund Motorsport-run Volkswagen Beetle in the Euro RX Supercar division, marking his second rallycross appearance of 2019.

The sometime M-Sport WRC driver made selected WRX appearances for Mattias Ekstrom's EKS team in 2014, notably in the first-ever event for the team at Hell.

Tidemand returned to rallycross for the Euro RX season-opener last weekend at Silverstone and ran as high as third in the final before finishing sixth.

Tidemand, the 2017 WRC2 champion, told Autosport: "We've been working to get us back in the game and to get into the final [at Silverstone], I'm happy.

"It can be possible to do more this year.

"The car has been working well, I missed one start but, apart from that, it has all be going quite good."

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