Gold Coaster Chris ‘Atko’ Atkinson will drive the No. 8 Hyundai i20 WRC at Rally Mexico in March as a part of the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team — round three of the championship.
The 34-year-old Australian will be joined by his co-driver Stéphane Prévot in the second Hyundai i20 WRC entered into Rally Mexico and will compete alongside the team’s lead driver Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC No. 7) in one of the toughest rounds of the WRC season
The talented Australian first joined Hyundai Motorsport as a test driver in July 2013 bringing a wide knowledge of the WRC to support the development of the car in only six months. After being confirmed in early December as one of the drivers to share the second Hyundai i20 WRC at selected events during 2014, the 34-year-old will make his competitive debut with the car at Rally Mexico in early March, an event where he scored his best ever WRC finish (second place in 2008).
“It has been a great pleasure to have been involved in the testing of the Hyundai i20 WRC but to have the opportunity to contest Rally Mexico with the team is fantastic,” Atkinson said. “I have had several good results in Mexico, including my best WRC finish of second place in 2008, so I have some great memories of this event and the Mexican fans. It will be the competitive debut of the Hyundai i20 WRC on gravel so it will be interesting to see how we can perform. I know how hard everyone has been working to prepare for this season so I hope we can repay them with a good result.”