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ŠKODA Australia have signed up professional Rally Driver, Chris Atkinson, to their team of brand ambassadors in line with ŠKODA’s longstanding global history in motorsport.

Chris Atkinson has been part of the local racing scene since 2002 when he first competed in the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) in a privately-entered vehicle, finishing every round he contested to win the Australian Privateers Cup.

Atkinson has been going from strength to strength since competing globally in the World Rally Championship (WRC) as well as the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). He has contested 68 WRC events with six podiums and 41 stage wins to his name and currently leads the 2012 APRC with two rounds remaining.

He currently is part of the MRF ŠKODA Rally Team and competes in his ŠKODA Fabia S2000 in the 2012 Asia Pacific Rally Championship. He comfortably leads the table by 45 points with two stage wins this season in New Zealand and Australia as well as second places in New Caledonia and Malaysia.

Chris Atkinson describes the partnership with ŠKODA Australia as the perfect fit. “The ŠKODA brand fulfils my requirements when it comes to racing, but also in my personal life. Their product range is at ease in both the racing world as well as my personal garage.”

Chris has chosen a ŠKODA Octavia RS on a day-to-day basis as it has all the things he is looking for in a car.

Matthew Wiesner, Director – ŠKODA Australia, is looking forward to a successful partnership: “Chris Atkinson has proven himself as a young Australian racing talent in recent years and certainly is one to watch over the next few years. The ŠKODA Fabia S2000 should assist him in achieving top results and in extending his lead this season. Chris is the perfect ambassador to demonstrate just how capable our vehicles are equally on the race track and on the road.”

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