Chris Atkinson's new career dawn

Chris Atkinson's new career dawn

Chris Atkinson has not been in the World Rally Championship since 2009, but the Australian is still very much focused on finding a way back. David Evans rates his chances

Australia is back in the World Rally Championship this week. The big question is whether Australian rallying's favourite Australian can make it back as well.

Ever since Subaru pulled out of the sport at the end of the 2008 season, Queenslander Chris Atkinson has been benched at the sport's highest level. Apart from one self-funded Citroen C4 WRC drive in Ireland, 2009 – where he levelled a telegraph pole, finished fifth and scooped the Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award – he hasn't competed in the WRC since those troubled days in the Subaru blue.

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