Chris Atkinson achieved his objective by finishing on Rally Mexico last weekend, his debut event with the new Hyundai World Rally Team.

Atkinson was slowed by technical problems on the opening leg and had to run further down the order as a result, but he still came through the demanding conditions in his i20 WRC and helped the team notch up its very first two-car finish - and in only its third WRC event.

The Aussie eventually finished seventh, and with team-mate, Thierry Neuville coming home third, it was a landmark result for the young squad.

"It's not been an easy weekend [for me]," said Atkinson. "Mexico is a tough rally and I have had to deal with a few issues during the event. We had a suspension problem on Friday which put us down the order and then we had to run early in the subsequent stages which meant a lot of slippery conditions. We had to play things sensibly and drive cautiously to achieve our objective of finishing the event, which I am pleased we did comfortably."

"We made some improvements during the rally and [overall] I'm pretty satisfied with seventh and more importantly to finish," he added.

"This experience will be really useful for the team to improve the car for the rest of the year. I look forward to returning to the cockpit of the Hyundai i20 WRC later in the season and thank the team for all their support this weekend."