Former World Rally Championship driver Chris Atkinson is lining up a move to switch into FIA World Rallycross after teaming up with Roots Management International.

The former Asia-Pacific Rally Champion says his interest has been caught by the new Rallycross series and is hunting a piece of the action for 2016.

The six-time WRC rostrum finisher is still in the initial stages of sorting a deal for next season and has given a terrific review on the new format which enjoyed its inaugural season under the FIA in 2014.

"I think the WorldRX concept is great, I've always thought Rallycross was a really sweet format and you can see that now with the way the FIA World Rallycross Championship is growing," Atkinson said. "Manufacturers are coming into it and it's evolving to the stage where it's becoming a lot more professional.

"WRC cars are incredible but these Rallycross cars are pretty much double the power of a WRC car. Everyone who's driven one says it just blows your mind - you know, 0-100km/h in 1.8-2.0sec, anytime you're doing that, it's impressive.

"Racing would be crazy fun, you're basically in a weapon with eight other lunatics hoping you come out of the first corner I can't wait to explore opportunities with the Roots team and get on the grid for 2016."

The Australian rally driver shot to fame in 2004 when he finished fifth in Rally Australia in WRC with a private team. Atkinson then signed for the Subaru World Rally Team between 2005-2008 and has recently stepped in for Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, claiming two top ten finishes in Mexico and Australia last year.