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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)
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.
On the quest for excellence, but always with a smile, Nasser Al Attiyah is an exceptional talent whether it is in a race car or with a rifle. The Qatar native has won the nine races he has raced in since the 2017 Dakar, taking his third FIA Cross-Country title. In his other sport, clay pigeon shooting, the bronze medal winner from the London Olympic Games recently set a new Asian record that will never be broken : 60 from 60. After making his debut on the Dakar in 2004 in a Mitsubishi Pajero to finish in 10th place, Nasser went on to win the 2011 and 2015 Dakars, collecting 27 stage wins along the way. After having driven for all the major teams in the sport (BMW, Volkswagen, Hummer and Mini), he is now part of the Overdrive team and his goal is take Toyota to victory on the Dakar. He still hasn’t gotten over his failure last year. Penalised after ripping off a wheel on stage 3, he then retired from the Dakar. This disappointment will certainly motivate him even more so in his objective to take a third win. To do this, he will rely on his long-time co-driver Mathieu Baumel, who is always by his side, in the cockpit of his Hilux. The Frenchman also joined Nasser at the Parc des Princes in Paris last August when Nasser had the chance to encourage his favourite team, Paris Saint-Germain when made his first trip to a football stadium to meet with a certain Neymar in the player’s locker room.
N. A. A.: “In 2017, I was perhaps too fast and undoubtedly attacked too hard and I made a small mistake that cost us a lot. Paradoxically to win the Dakar, you have to always attack especially against faster and faster adversaries. We tore off our rear wheel and then I was given a big penalty. I was discouraged, so I decided to quit the rally. It was my fault and I know I shouldn’t have left. I am very happy with Toyota and the team. On the Morocco Rally we showed that we are ready for the Dakar by beating all of our rivals that will also race in the Dakar. To be honest, the Peugeot is the best car but we have what we need to beat them. The fact that there will be a lot of dunes is an advantage for me. I will be able to establish my own strategy.”
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A two times winner of the Dakar, Al Attiyah has added a third second-placed finish in his career to his CV.
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Nasser Al Attiyah is the main beneficiary of the setbacks suffered by Stéphane Peterhansel and has gained a place to find himself in 2nd behind Carlos Sainz just 24 hours before the finish of the rally.
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With Bernhard ten Brinke exiting the rally, Nasser Al-Attiyah is now out alone in front on the special. The Qatari now boasts a lead of 8’26’’ over Giniel de Villiers and Lucio Alvarez, who both reached WP5 with the same time. Carlos Sainz is in cruise mode, 10’37’’ behind the stage leader.
Nasser Al-Attiyah’s vehicle is moving again, but the Qatari has lost plenty of time after 19 kilometres of the special. Perhaps his place on the podium could be in danger today!
Shortly after the cars started the day’s special, Nasser Al-Attiyah (who is opening the way) is already in difficulty. The Qatari’s Toyota has been immobile for more than 10 minutes.
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