Chris Atkinson, former Subaru WRT's driver & reigning APRC Champion driver from Australia is all set to return to WRC circuits again for Neste Oil Rally Finland.
Atkinson, 'Akto' as he lovingly referred by the motorsports fraternity is staging a comeback in Nasser's Qatar World Rally Team for the Finnish stages. This will be his third outing in a WRC event & WRC car since Subaru's exit in 2008. He had driven a Citroen C4 WRC in Rally Ireland & Monster WRT's Ford Fiesta WRC in Rally Mexico earlier this year.
Atko's brief stint at the wheel of Citroen C4 WRC at Rally Ireland, in which he finished overall 5th had made a very good impression with the Citroen Racing team. They were in good terms with the potential driver Atko since then, and they offered him a drive in the customer team colors. As Qatar WRT car was available since Nasser is competing in the Olympics, Citroen team offered to lease it out to Atko. He say's, "Competing in the best rally in the championship in the best World Rally Car is a superb opportunity and I can’t wait to test the car to share my feeling for it with the team and give them my initial feedback." He is also positive about a strong result on the 'f1 on gravel stages' rally. He will be co-driven by Belgian's Stephan Prevot.
We wish him the best of luck!