Former Subaru driver Chris Atkinson has become the latest driver to be signed to Hyundai’s expanding test team.
The Australian joins Juho Hanninen and Bryan Bouffier in the development of Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 WRC for the rest of the season. The 33-year-old reigning Asia-Pacific Rally champion will test the i20 WRC for the first time next week, but was present in Alzenau, Germany to meet the team and see the car last month.
Atkinson said: “This is such an exciting project and to be a part of Hyundai’s push back into the WRC by helping develop the i20 is a massive thing to be a part of.
“After visiting the Hyundai Motorsport factory three weeks ago, I am hugely 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.”
Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan added: “It is great to be able to integrate Chris into Hyundai Motorsport testing lineup for this season and I am convinced he will bring a lot of valuable WRC experience.
“Chris will support the work of our main test drivers Juho and Bryan. With the combined expertise of all three test drivers, we will be able to benefit from thorough and comprehensive input at every test session.”