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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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The Toyota driver made big losses on the stage in Belen. Now he must try to secure his place in the top three.
“The rear triangle broke all by itself. We couldn’t repair anything, so we decided to just continue for the last 70 km, but we were going so slowly. We are still in third overall. Okay, we lost a lot of time, but it is good that we are here. It just...
Nasser Al-Attiyah has experienced a difficult end to today’s stage. The Qatari seems to have had a problem with his Toyota and has finished the special 29 minutes behind the winner. As a result, he loses second place in the general standings to Stéphane Peterhansel.
The Toyota driver is currently in second place overall, but he will need more than just his talent if he is to take his third Dakar.
"I don't have any problem with altitude, but it was really long, with a lot of camel grass. We are here at the finish and quite happy and we'll try to do our best in the next six days. If Carlos makes a mistake, we can catch him, but...
Nasser Al-Attiyah is pulling out all the stops and has already put 1'10" into teammate Giniel De Villiers and 1'24" into Marin Prokop. Carlos Sainz was 1'54" slower after driving cautiously in the opening 50 kilometres.
The two-time Dakar champion (2011 and 2015) is enjoying the ups and downs of the rally… and sees himself back in contention for a third title.
"[Stéphane] had a technical problem, it's not a mistake by him. But this is the Dakar! Last week we had a lot of problems and lost a lot of hours. I've never lived a Dakar like this… We are crazy! But I'm happy...
Today is being a bad day in the office for Nasser Al-Attiyah. 147 km into the special and the Qatari is already losing 12'38" to Stéphane Peterhansel.
Nasser Al-Attiyah is setting the highest pace in the car category. The Toyota driver clocked the fastest provisional time at CP1, 16 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz and 18 ahead of Stéphane Peterhansel.
The Qatari driver went from one mishap to another on stage 4 and now lies almost one hour behind general standings leader Stéphane Peterhansel.
“It was a very difficult day. We had two flat tyres at the beginning and afterwards we took care because we didn’t have any spares. At the first dunes, we went into a big hole...
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