Former Subaru WRT number two driver , Chris “ATKO” Atkinson will be joining Ken Block’s Monster World Rally Team for their first WRC appearance of 2012

“I’m really excited about the fact that we were able bring ATKO on for Mexico,” said Block. “We’ve been friends for a few years, and he’s an amazingly talented driver, so we’re stoked to be able to have him join on as part of the team for this race. He brings a lot of experience to the table, being a former factory driver for Subaru, as well as having taken two 2nd place WRC podiums in 2008 and a handful of other podiums as well. Obviously, when Subaru stopped racing in the WRC, Chris was left without a ride, so it’s nice to see him getting back to the level where he belongs. He’s taken 2nd overall here in Mexico before, so it should be an exciting race for us as a team.”

Atkinson has already completed a test in the U.K. in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and came away from the experience feeling very good about the car. “It felt great to be back in a WRC-level car,” said Atkinson. “All of the cars have changed a lot since 2008, but the Fiesta felt really good and I think I’ll be able to get some good stage times out of it this weekend during the rally. I’ve had a great finish here before, so I’m feeling pretty confident about this race. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to join up with MWRT for this race, it’s going to be a lot of fun

Story & Pictures Courtesy Monster World Rally Team

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