Dakar Rally winner to race in WTCC
Nasser Al-Attiyah, Dakar Rally double winner and Olympic medalist will take part in the last two rounds of World Touring Car Championship in Qatar.
The 44-year-old racing driver will make a debut in WTCC in his homeland, at Losail International Circuit which will host the first WTCC night race. Al-Attiyah will drive Campos Racing’s Chevrolet Cruze and will have a chance to meet with his former teammate and rally champion Sebastien Loeb who made the switch from WRC to WTCC in 2014.
“It will be great honour to represent my country when it hosts WTCC for the first time. Qatar have great reputation of staging racing events and I was proud when I heard WTCC would be coming. I will have plenty to learn as I never raced at circuit and never in a front-wheel drive car. That’s why my objectives will be different to my rivals,” Al-Attiyah commented.
Al-Attiyah was production World Rally Champion, an eight-time Middle East Rally Champion, 2014 WRC2 champion and the 2011 and 2015 Dakar Rally winner. In shooting, Al-Attiyah won the bronze medal in men’s skeet event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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