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Nasser Salih Nasser Abdullah Al-Attiyah (Arabic: ناصر صالح ناصر عبدالله العطية‎; born 21 December 1970 in Doha) is a Qatari rally driver and sport shooter. He was the 2006 Production World Rally Champion, a 13-time Middle East Rally Champion, 2014 and 2015 WRC-2 champion, three times winner of FIA cross-country rally Cup (2008,2015 and 2016) and the 2011 and 2015 Dakar Rally winner.[1] He currently competes in the World Rally Championship and Middle East Rally Championship for the Qatar World Rally Team.[2] His 2011 and 2015 victories in the Dakar Rally make him the only Middle Easterner to win the competition twice.

Nasser Al-Attiyah
Nasser saleh al attiyah2.jpg
Al-Attiyah in 2011
Personal information
Full name Nasser Saleh Nasser Abdullah Al-Attiyah
Born (1970-12-21) 21 December 1970 (age 47)
Doha, Qatar
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Website Official website
Sport
Country  Qatar
Sport Rallying
shooting
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • Dakar 2011
  • Dakar 2015
  • WRC2 2014
  • WRC2 2015

In shooting, Al-Attiyah won the bronze medal in the men's skeet event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Contents

CareerEdit

RallyingEdit

Al-Attiyah has competed in the Middle East Rally Championship since 2003, having claimed 65 race wins and 13 titles. He drove a Subaru Impreza until 2009 and a Ford Fiesta since 2010, except in 2012 when he drove Peugeot 207 in two rounds, and in 2016 when he drove a Škoda Fabia.[3][4]

The driver also competed at the Production World Rally Championship from 2004 to 2009. He won the title in 2006,[5] his third year in the championship alongside co-driver Chris Patterson, driving a Subaru Impreza. He gained the championship lead after finishing second in the PWRC class in the Rally Mexico and afterwards won the following two rounds, Rally Argentina and Acropolis Rally. He also finished runner-up in 2005 and third in 2009. He scored his first points during the 2009 season, finishing eighth overall in the Rally Argentina.

In 2010 and 2011, Al-Attiyah drove in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship for the Barwa Rally Team, classifying seventh overall in both years. For the 2012 season, Al-Attiyah moved to compete in the top division for the Qatar World Rally Team. He secured a career-best fourth place at the Rally de Portugal.[6] In 2013 he switched to a Ford Fiesta WRC. He finished fifth overall at three races, and ranked 11th in the final standings.

Al-Attiyah stepped back to the WRC-2 in 2014. Driving a Ford Fiesta RRC, he scored four wins and won the championship. In 2015 he defended the championship with three wins.

Cross-country rallyEdit

Al-Attiyah debuted at the Dakar Rally in 2004 with Mitsubishi, finishing 10th overall. He entered the next three editions with an X-Raid BMW, finishing sixth in 2007.

After winning the 2008 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup in a BMW, he took part alongside Swedish female co-driver Tina Thorner in the 2009 Dakar Rally in Argentina.[7] He was among the frontrunners until he got disqualified on 8 January 2009 after he had missed 9 checkpoints, the rules stating that 4 missed checkpoints are the maximum.[8] He finished second in the Rally dos Sertões from Goiânia to Natal in Brazil (24 June-3 July 2009) behind Carlos Sainz of Spain.[9]

In the 2010 Dakar Rally, Al-Attiyah finished second, 2'12" behind Carlos Sainz, the smallest gap in the history of the race.[10] On 15 January 2011, Al-Attiyah won the legendary Dakar race ahead of fellow Volkswagen drivers Sainz and Giniel de Villiers,[11] making him the only Arab to ever win the difficult race.[12]

The driver claimed the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup driving a Mini All4 Racing X-Raid with five wins, and the 2016 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup for Toyota with six wins.

ShootingEdit

 
Nasser Al-Attiyah (left) posing for a picture with Mutaz Essa Barshim after winning bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics

In shooting, Al-Attiyah came in fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in clay pigeon shooting[13] and 15th overall in the 2008 Olympic Games, missing out on qualification for the final round by 2 points.[14] In the 2012 Olympic Games he won the bronze medal after a shoot-off against Valeriy Shomin.[15][16]

Olympic results
Event 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Skeet 15th
120
6th
122+23
4th
122+25
15th
117
3rd
121+23+6
31st
111

Career resultsEdit

WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts
2004 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE
32
MEX
Ret
NZL
20
CYP GRE TUR ARG
14
FIN GER JPN GBR ITA FRA
22
ESP AUS
13
NC 0
2005 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE MEX NZL
16
ITA CYP
18
TUR
16
GRE ARG
17
FIN GER GBR
21
JPN FRA ESP AUS
13
NC 0
2006 QMMF Subaru Impreza WRX Spec C MON
30
SWE MEX
10
ESP FRA ARG
15
ITA GRE
17
GER FIN JPN CYP
19
TUR AUS NZL
26
GBR NC 0
2007 QMMF Subaru Impreza WRX Spec C MON SWE
27
NOR MEX
Ret
POR ARG
Ret
ITA GRE
19
FIN GER NZL ESP FRA JPN IRE
17
GBR NC 0
2008 QMMF Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE
40
MEX ARG
Ret
JOR ITA GRE
Ret
NC 0
Subaru Impreza STi N14 TUR
23
FIN GER NZL ESP FRA JPN GBR
Ret
2009 Autotek Subaru Impreza STi N14 IRE NOR CYP
11
18th 1
Barwa Rally Team POR
16
ARG
8
ITA
9
GRE
DSQ
POL FIN AUS ESP GBR
Ret
2010 Barwa Rally Team Škoda Fabia S2000 SWE MEX
Ret
JOR
18
TUR NZL
13
NC 0
Ford Fiesta S2000 POR
25
BUL FIN
29
GER JPN FRA ESP GBR
2011 Barwa Rally Team Ford Fiesta S2000 SWE MEX
EX
POR JOR
Ret
ITA
11
ARG GRE
16
FIN GER
16
AUS FRA
Ret
ESP
11
GBR NC 0
2012 Qatar World Rally Team Citroën DS3 WRC MON SWE
21
MEX
6
POR
4
ARG
9
GRE
Ret
NZL FIN GER
8
GBR
10
FRA
Ret
ITA ESP 12th 28
2013 Qatar World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE MEX
5
POR
5
ARG GRE
5
ITA FIN GER
13
AUS FRA ESP
Ret
GBR
WD
11th 30
2014 Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC MON SWE MEX POR
9
ITA
Ret
POL FIN GER
17
AUS
11
FRA ESP
10
GBR
17
22nd 4
Drive DMACK ARG
10
2015 Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC MON SWE MEX
7
ARG POR
11
ITA
12
POL
Ret
FIN AUS
10
FRA 16th 7
Škoda Fabia R5 GER
17
ESP
12
GBR

PWRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PWRC Points
2004 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STi SWE
7
MEX
Ret
NZL
7
ARG
3
GER FRA
7
AUS
5
7th 17
2005 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STi SWE NZL
4
CYP
5
TUR
3
ARG
1
GBR
3
JPN AUS
5
2nd 35
2006 QMMF Subaru Impreza WRX Spec C MON
3
MEX
2
ARG
1
GRE
1
JPN CYP
5
AUS NZL
7
1st 40
2007 QMMF Subaru Impreza WRX Spec C SWE
7
MEX
Ret
ARG
Ret
GRE
5
NZL JPN IRE
3
GBR 9th 12
2008 QMMF Subaru Impreza WRX STi SWE
17
ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
NC 0
Subaru Impreza STi N14 TUR
10
FIN NZL JPN GBR
Ret
2009 Autotek Subaru Impreza STi N14 NOR CYP
3
3rd 31
Barwa Rally Team POR
4
ARG
1
ITA
1
GRE
DSQ
AUS GBR
Ret

SWRC resultsEdit

 
Al-Attiyah drives a Ford Fiesta S2000 at the 2010 Rally Finland
Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SWRC Points
2010 Barwa Rally Team Škoda Fabia S2000 SWE MEX
Ret
JOR
4
NZL
5
7th 34
Ford Fiesta S2000 POR
7
FIN
7
GER JPN FRA GBR
2011 Barwa Rally Team Ford Fiesta S2000 MEX
EX
JOR
Ret
ITA
4
GRE
6
FIN GER
2
FRA
Ret
ESP
2
7th 56

WRC-2 ResultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WRC-2 Points
2014 Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC MON SWE MEX POR
1
ITA
Ret
POL FIN GER
5
AUS
1
FRA ESP
1
GBR
6
1st 118
Drive DMACK ARG
1
2015 Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC MON SWE MEX
1
ARG
POR
1
ITA
5
POL
Ret
FIN AUS
1
FRA 1st 112
Škoda Fabia R5 GER
4
ESP
3
GBR

ERC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2014 Qatar World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RRC JÄN LIE GRE IRE AZO YPR EST CZE CYP
Ret
VAL COR NC 0
2017 Autotek Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 AZO CAN GRE
Ret
CYP
1
POL ZLI RMC LIE 8th 45

Dakar Rally resultsEdit

 
Al-Attiyah's Hilux from 2017
Year Class Vehicle Position Stages won
2004 Car   Mitsubishi 10th 0
2005   BMW DNF 0
2006 DNF 0
2007 6th 1
2008 Event cancelled – replaced by Central Europe Rally
2009 Car   BMW DSQ 2
2010   Volkswagen 2nd 4
2011 1st 4
2012   Hummer DNF 2
2013   Demon Jefferies DNF 3
2014   Mini 3rd 2
2015 1st 5
2016 2nd 2
2017   Toyota DNF 1
2018 2nd 4

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2015 Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 ARG
1

ARG
2

MAR
1

MAR
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

GER
1

GER
2

RUS
1

RUS
2

SVK
1

SVK
2

FRA
1

FRA
2

POR
1

POR
2

JPN
1

JPN
2

CHN
1

CHN
2

THA
1

THA
2

QAT
1

16
QAT
2

14
NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Al-Attiyah clinches first Dakar Rally title
  2. ^ "WRC: Thierry Neuville og Nasser Al-Attiyah i Citroen | Racemag". Racemag.dk. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Competitors – Nasser Saleh Al Attiya". Merc-fia.com. 20 December 1970. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  4. ^ "The Peninsula Newspaper". The Peninsula Newspaper. 
  5. ^ World Rally Championship – Statistics
  6. ^ "World Rally Championship – Drivers & Teams – Nasser Al-Attiyah". Wrc.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 3 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Dakar Rally 2009 – Naser Al-Attiyah Disqualified". Motorward. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Rally dos Sertões 2009". Webventure.com.br. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Breaking news". Dakar. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  11. ^ Al-Attiyah claims first Dakar win
  12. ^ "Al-Attiyah wins Dakar Rally". Al Jazeera. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Dakar 2010
  14. ^ "08.30.04". CNN. 
  15. ^ "Vincent Hancock wins gold in skeet". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  16. ^ Olympic medal for WRC star Al-Attiyah

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mohammed bin Sulayem
Middle East Rally Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Khalid Al Qassimi
Preceded by
Khalid Al Qassimi
Middle East Rally Champion
2005-2009
Succeeded by
Misfer Al-Marri
Preceded by
Carlos Sainz
Dakar Rally
Cars Winner

2011
Succeeded by
Stéphane Peterhansel
Preceded by
Misfer Al-Marri
Middle East Rally Champion
2011-2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Robert Kubica
World Rally Championship-2
Champion

2014-2015
Succeeded by
Esapekka Lappi
Preceded by
Nani Roma
Dakar Rally
Cars Winner

2015
Succeeded by
Stéphane Peterhansel
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Khaled Habash M. Al Suwaidi
Flagbearer for   Qatar
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Bahiya Mansour Al Hamad