Chris Atkinson has said he will definitely give it a "good crack" when he returns to the WRC and takes in his home event next week, Rally Australia.

Atkinson was last in action on Rally Mexico, when he finished in seventh, and since then he has been helping Hyundai develop the i20 WRC in its first season of competition, as well as contesting a few other non-WRC events.

"There's been a bit of a gap between events, but that hasn't stopped me before and I'll definitely give it a good crack," Atkinson told the official WRC site on his return to Australia from Europe this week.

"My aim is to drive well all weekend and be as fast as possible. I'll be happy with that.

"I haven't driven the latest car yet and I don't know what the conditions are like. But, for sure, I want to be well up in the points and you never know what can happen."

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His confidence coming into Australia has been boosted by Hyundai's debut win in the most recent round in Germany. Thierry Neuville took a historic victory there, followed in second place by team-mate Dani Sordo, whose seat Atkinson will take over 'Down Under'.

Although Atkinson lives on the Queensland Gold Coast, less than 400 km from Coffs Harbour, he doesn't have any experience of this year's gravel stages.

He last contested Rally Australia in Perth in 2006 as a member of the Subaru World Rally Team, but believes that just competing on home soil will stand him in good stead.

"It's all new because I've never done the rally there. But I should have a good idea about the terrain and fast gravel suits me," he added.

"Knowing the nature of the Australian roads should play into my hands. I just need to write some good pace notes and drive to them."

The pressure on Atkinson is sure to be increased as he goes head-to-head in the Hyundai team with New Zealand's Hayden Paddon. Paddon will drive the 'third' i20 WRC.

Both men will also be vying for the right to call themselves Australasia's top World Rally driver.

Atkinson knows the threat the up-and-coming Paddon poses, but he's focusing on driving his own rally.

"It's great to have two people from that part of the world in World Rally Cars," he added.

"Hayden's obviously driving well and has been given a good opportunity with the team. But I've got more experience of the WRC.

"It's going to be interesting and I'm sure he'll be quick. I just need to pull my finger out and go as fast as I can."