NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(qat) 1.7m / 85kg
Shooting, horse riding, fishing, moto bikes
RedBull, Qatar, Rebellion time pieces, On-Running • Mathieu sponsors: RedBull, Qatar, Rebellion time pieces, On-Running, Skidress, Gt2i
2019: 1st (3 stage wins, Toyota)
2018: 2nd (4 stage wins, Toyota)
2017: Ab. Stage 4 (1 stage win, Toyota)
2016: 2nd (2 stage wins, Mini)
2015: 1st (5 stage wins, Mini)
2014: 3rd (2 stage wins, Mini)
2013: Ab. Stage 9 (3 stage wins, Buggy Qatar)
2012: Ab. Stage 9 (2 stage wins, Hummer)
2011: 1st (4 stage wins, Volkswagen)
2010: 2nd (4 stage wins, Volkswagen)
2009: Ab. (3 stage wins, BMW X Raid)
2007: 6th (BMW X Raid)
2006: Ab. (BMW X Raid)
2005: Ab. (BMW X Raid)
2004: 10th (Mitsubishi)
2019:, Qatar Rally (1st), Kazakhstan Rally (1st), Silk Way Rally (1st), Morocco Rally (Ab.); MERC championship (4 races); Baja 1000
2018: Russian Baja (1st), Kazakstan Rally, Qatar Rally, Silk Way Rally (2nd), Morocco Rally (1st); MERC champion (14th title)
2017: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Rally (1st), Rally Kazakhstan (1st), Spanish Baja (1st), Hungary Baja (1st); Poland Baja (1st), Morocco Rally (1st); Winner of the FIA Cross-Country World Cup
2016: Morocco Rally (1st) , Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Rally (1st), Italian Baja (1st), Spanish Baja (1st), Poland Baja (1st); Winner of the FIA Cross-Country World Cup
2015: Morocco Rally (1st), Qatar Rally (1st), Egypt Rally (1st), Italian Baja (1st), Baja Hungary (1st), Baja Poland (2nd); Winner of the FIA Cross-Country World Cup + 11th MERC title + WRC2 title
2014: Qatar Rally (1st), Egypt Rally (2nd), Morocco Rally (1st), Baja Portalegre (2nd)
2013: WRC (Middle-east), Super Boat World Championships (2nd)
2012: Bronze Medal Skeet Olympic Games, IRC Cyprus (1st), Sealine Cross-country Rally Qatar (1st), WRC season with Citroen
2010: Silk Way Rally (2nd)
Morocco (twice), Transiberico, Dos Sertoes, Egypt, etc.
“Yes, I am the favorite”
Three Dakar titles are not enough for Nasser Al Attiyah. The hunger for success and the pleasure of competition is what has driven him for decades. The Qatar native splits his year between two passions: motor racing and of course shooting. The bronze medallist in skeet at the London Olympics, also won the team championship at the Asian Championships, has qualified for his seventh Olympic Games in Tokyo ( not too far from the record of 10 participations held by Canadian equestrian competitor Ian Millar between the 1972 Munich Games and the 2012 London Olympiad!) where he will go for gold. Since his first Dakar as an unknown in a Mitsubishi Pajero that he drove to 10th place in Senegal in 2004, Nasser has enjoyed tremendous success with Dakar victories in 2011, 2015 and last year, with three different cars, matched with 34 stage wins. After racing for all the major teams in the sport (BMW, Volkswagen, Hummer and Mini), he joined the Overdrive team to bring Toyota its first triumph. This season, once again, and in the company of long-time co-driver Mathieu Baumel, Al Attiyah was nearly unbeatable, winning nine of the ten rallies he competed in. Only the Morocco Rally eluded him due to electrical issues after he hit a large rock. This was a blessing in disguise because this concern will have been fixed for the Dakar. The 49-year-old also had the pleasure of taking part in the Baja 1000, where he shared a Trophy Truck with another Dakar champion, Toby Price. If we take into consideration that Al Attiyah knows Saudi Arabia very well and especially the type of dunes that the competitors will face in January, well he says it himself: yes, he is the favorite for edition 42.
N. A. A.: “My first Dakar win will always be the greatest, but the third victory was special. We dominated from start to finish and to give Toyota its first victory was really special. I had an excellent 2019 season with nine wins from 10 rallies. I only retired in Morocco, but it was actually a good thing we had electric problems that way we could better prepare the car and anticipate other problems for the Dakar. It was also fantastic to race in the Baja 1000, to discover another discipline and the American specialists were thrilled to see us. I am ready for the Dakar and quite excited. It is going to be completely different. I know the terrain very well. I took part in and won races in 2008 and 2011 in this country. I know exactly what to expect. The dunes are very tricky and totally different than those in South America. It is more like Mauritania. We have the same kind of dunes in Qatar and I grew up driving them with my father. There are only 110kms between the dunes in Qatar in those in Saudi Arabia. The terrain suits me to a tee. So, yes, I believe that I am the favorite. And it's not the best car that wins, it's the best driver. "
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING
- Mark : TOYOTA
- Model : HILUX
- Performance tuner : Toyota Gazoo Racing
- Assistance : Toyota Gazoo Racing
- Class : T1.1 petrol modified A-T 4x4
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"I'm coming back to win next year"
The 2019 champion opened his 2020 account on the very last day and finished second overall, 6′13″ behind Carlos Sainz.
"I'm quite happy, we did a good job to finish second even though we wanted to win. We made two or three mistakes along the way and had loads of punctures, but I'm rather happy. I'm elated that we are racing here....
Al-Attiyah takes the finale
Nasser Al-Attiyah has won the last special of the 2020 Dakar, leaving his first stage win to the very last day. Yasir Seaidan put in a solid performance to finish second at 1'32" and Orlando Terranova rounded off the top 3.
Al-Attiyah home and dry
Nasser Al-Attiyah, the first driver to finish today's special, gained 3'56" on Stéphane Peterhansel and will therefore finish the 2020 Dakar in second place. The Frenchman will have to settle for third in his 31st Dakar.
Al-Attiyah and Sainz hold on to their places
Nasser Al-Attiyah is still leading the special by a sizeable margin over Stéphane Peterhansel at km 119, so his second place overall should be safe. Overall leader Carlos Sainz is taking no risks at 2 minutes back.
Al-Attiyah catches Peterhansel!
For Nasser Al-Attiyah, who started the last stage in second place overall with a wafer-thin 6-second lead over Stéphane Peterhansel, the best defence is a good offence. The Toyota driver is making a difference from the get-go and has caught his Mini rival after 69 km. Al-Attiyah can afford to ease up a bit, now that he is leading the special by over 3 minutes!
"We'll battle Stéphane for second place"
The defending champion, gallant in defeat, will have to settle for second place… provided that his six-second margin is enough to keep Stéphane Peterhansel at bay.
"We paid dearly for our mistake yesterday. Now we'll battle Stéphane for second place. Making it so far is already great, there's one stage to go and we'll see how it...
Peterhansel still ahead of Al-Attiyah
Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah are still going at it after 271 km, with the Frenchman leading by 1'16". Carlos Sainz is 7 minutes back, which is no reason for concern for the overall leader..
Al-Attiyah losing 2 minutes
Nasser Al-Attiyah is conceding two minutes to Stéphane Peterhansel at km 162 —enough for the Frenchman to topple the Qatari from second place overall if the stage ends like this.
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