Chris Atkinson will make a return to the World Rally Championship in Mexico next month with the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total team.
The Australian was called up to stand in for Khalid Al Qassimi, who is unable to take part in the event himself. Atkinson will drive the Citroen DS3 WRC and will have no trouble adapting to the car as he drove one in Finland’s WRC event last year. He also had outings in a Ford Fiesta and Mini John Cooper Works WRC, as he drove for three different teams in 2012.
“It was a bit of a surprise. I wasn’t expecting it, but there’s a limited number of drivers who can be called on to perform at this level. Citroen will have seen what I can do, so that will have been a part of it,” the Aussie told WRC.com about the call-up to the Abu Dhabi line-up.
„I haven’t had a factory car since I was at Subaru. The support you get in a factory team is nice and I know some of the Citroen engineers, so it won’t be like I’m going in cold. We’ll be testing in Europe in a couple of weeks and then we’ll go straight to Mexico,” Atkinson added.
The Australian added he is hoping for a couple more drives this year, including one in his home country.