Hyundai Motorsport confirmed that Australian WRC driver Chris Atkinson would be joining its test team for the 2013 program. He is an experienced member of the FIA World Rally Championship community and the reigning FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Champion. His knowledge of the events and terrains, and experience with current WRC specifications will be asset to the team.
Atkinson will be driving a Hyundai i20 WRC for the first time as he starts next week. He flew from Australia to Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany to look at the rally car and undergo other protocols. His participation will support the team’s main test drivers Juho Hanninen and Byran Bouffier at selected tests until the end of the year. The skills and knowledge of these three test drivers should benefit Hyundai at every test session.
“It is such an exciting project. After visiting the Hyundai Motorsport factory three weeks ago, I am simply impressed by the team’s commitment and achievements so far. I have a lot of experience of many different WRC cars and events, and I will utilise this knowledge to support the development of the 2014 i20 WRC car,” said Atkinson on his joining the Hyundai team.