Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC. co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) had a competitive run through Saturday’s seven stages to head into the final day in third place overall.
Atkinson, Sordo, Hanninen, Neuville announced as drivers.
For the first time in 10 years, the FIA World Rally Championship trophy has two new names engraved on it.
"M-Sport and Qatar took Nicolas and I under their wing"
Sebastien Ogier elects to start second after setting fastest qualifying time. His Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala will start first on the road.
Having amassed eight podium finishes throughout the course of the 12 rounds to date, the UK-based team will be determined to add to that tally next week.
Thierry Neuville finished the event in fourth position with Evgeny Novikov fifth, Mads Østberg sixth and Hayden Paddon completing his competitive debut in a new-generation world rally car in eighth place respectively.
For Thierry Neuville, it is first time in the lead on tarmac.
In his Volkswagen Polo R, Sebastien Ogier only has one day left in Australia to notch another WRC victory.
Thierry Neuville and Mads Østberg were initially hampered by the unfamiliarity of the stages.