West Australian Glenn Macneall will join Queenslander Chris Atkinson aboard his Prodrive-built Subaru WRX Sti for the final round of the World Rally Championship at Telstra Rally Australia that begins in Perth on Thursday.
Macneall replaces Atkinson's long-time co-driver and brother, Ben. The new partnership is anticipated to focus heavily on overseas events, in addition to the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship during 2005.
Macneall debuted on the rally scene in 1990 and has since built an impressive record in the co-drivers seat, both in Australia and on the international circuit, having competed for works teams in both the World and Asia Pacific Rally Championships.
With the Telstra Rally Australia event held in Macneall's home state it provides the perfect platform for the 32-year-old to assist Atkinson in his debut in the event.
During 2004 Atkinson has been the rising talent in Australian rallying, Macneall has also starred on the International scene as a co-driver winning with Dean Herridge in the opening round of the Asia Pacific Championship in Canberra, along with the Group N victory in Rally New Zealand.
Both Macneall and Atkinson have been a part of successful privateer teams with Macneall winning the Australian Privateers Cup in 2000. Atkinson claimed this honour two years later with his brother Ben as co-driver.
Since 2002 Macneall has co-driven with Herridge as a part of the Subaru Rally Team Australia with much success.
Macneall looking for his next challenge and is delighted to be a part of Atkinson's quest to move into the international spotlight.
"I am looking forward to the new challenges that working with Chris presents, especially with the plans that are on the table for the international scene," said Macneall.
Atkinson echoed Macneall's thoughts "We have always had a good relationship out of the car now it is all about making it work inside the car to take on every challenge presented to us."
"Glenn is very similar to Ben in many ways with his meticulous approach towards his rallying. This is something that I have become accustomed and allows me to purely focus on driving.
"Glenn's experience in overseas events will be very beneficial next year considering our plans to move to the next level of world rallying."
Telstra Rally Australia begins on Thursday November 11 with the Perth Super Special stage before heading to the forests on Friday morning to continue the first of three legs.