Former Subaru star Chris Atkinson will contest next month's Rally Mexico in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, driving for the Monster World Rally Team.
Atkinson has been close to concluding a deal to partner Ken Block for some time and is delighted to have reached agreement for the third round of the World Rally Championship on March 8-11. The Australian, who drove a factory Subaru for four years, has not competed at the highest level of the sport since finishing fifth in a one-off outing in a Citroen C4 WRC on Rally Ireland in 2009. The Queenslander tackled the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship with Proton last year, winning three rallies and narrowly missing out on the title to his teammate Alister McRae.
"I'm stoked to be back in the WRC and teaming up with Ken and the Monster World Rally Team for Rally Mexico," said Atkinson. "I've finished second in Mexico in 2008 and this year I'll be competing in the same spec car that won the last round in Sweden so I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with the best gear and guys around me."