ABBRING HOPING SIM PRACTICE PAYS OFF
Thursday 9th of April 2020
Netherlands’ Kevin Abbring will return to a World Rallycross Championship grid for the first time since his stand out performances last year in Norway and Sweden when he joins the inaugural RX Esports Invitational next week.
But, unlike some of his rivals for the Barcelona RX Esports Invitational on Sunday, April 19 using DiRT Rally 2.0 as a collaboration between World RX, Codemasters and Motorsport Games, Abbring has substantial knowledge of sim racing, and has even created his own business around the concept.
“I have built a business in facilitating training for both professional and inexperienced drivers and racing engineers by using advanced training machines. Seven years ago the main aim was to create a realistic environment for myself to be as prepared as possible without having the opportunity of doing the same amount of events as most other rivals. That has quickly turned into a successful business where I implemented my own coaching vision, combined with working with special licensed commercial software that I can change everything needed according to what it is a client needs most at that particular point of their career,” explained Abbring.
He used his own systems to prepare for his World RX debut last year with ESmotorsports. “Looking at my own ‘sim racing’ hours, for each World RX race I did last year, I spent two full days each with my engineer and spotter to simulate every possible scenario we thought we could be facing. There was a lot to take in as it was my World RX debut and that definitely payed off big time.”
The former rally star finished P4 in Holjes and Hell, and is looking forward to taking on other World RX names and some super-quick sim racing drivers in the RX Esports Invitational. “I’m very much looking forward to the first event, first because it’s an awesome way to stay in touch with the fans.
"Competing against and amongst fans is a great initiative, and it’s going to be exciting to follow the event the same way you’d follow a real World RX event from home. Secondly, competition is always fun, especially with a mix of both drivers and fans on the same track at the same time. I am sure we will be learning from the best."
Speaking about his chances in the strong field for the first ever RX Esports Invitational, Abbring said he will work hard to do his best. “It’s hard to say how competitive I can be, and will most likely come down to the rules and settings for the event," he said.
"In my (sim) machine everything is adapted in a way it represents real life as closely as I possibly can. Meaning I would have to press the brakes as hard as I’d have to in real life, high curbs would kill my neck and the cockpit view is set to the exact same position as the real car.
"This means I have low track visibility and a massive blind spot when looking into left corners. Isn’t that just awesome?! I bet a diehard gamer or pro driver with a console and a different camera angle could potentially go faster but hey, it’s the initiative that counts and I’ll make sure I’m as prepared as I can be."
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