Nasser Al-Attiyah

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Nasser Salih Al-Attiyah
Nasser saleh al attiyah2.jpg
Al-Attiyah in 2011
Personal information
Full name Nasser Salih Nasser Abdullah Al-Attiya
Born (1970-12-21) 21 December 1970 (age 43)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Website Official website
Sport
Country  Qatar
Sport Rallying, shooting

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, an eight-time Middle East Rally Champion and the 2011 Dakar Rally winner.[1] He currently competes in the World and Middle East Rally Championships for the Qatar World Rally Team.[2] In shooting, Al-Attiyah won the bronze medal in the men's skeet event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Career[edit]

Al-Attiyah won the PWRC in 2006,[3] 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 continued competing in both the PWRC and the Middle East Rally Championship.[4]

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.[5][dead link] 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.[6] He finished second in the Rally dos Sertões from Goiânia to Natal in Brazil (24 June-3 July 2009) behind Carlos Sainz of Spain.[7]

In the 2010 Dakar Rally, Al-Attiyah finished second, 2'12" behind Carlos Sainz, the smallest gap in the history of the race.[8] On 15 January 2011, Al-Attiyah won the legendary Dakar race ahead of fellow Volkswagen drivers Sainz and Giniel de Villiers,[9] making him the only Arab to ever win the difficult race.[10]

In the World Rally Championship, Al-Attiyah scored his first points during the 2009 season, finishing eighth in the Rally Argentina. In 2010 and 2011, he drove for the Barwa Rally Team in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, a WRC support championship for Super 2000 cars, 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.[11]

In shooting, Al-Attiyah came in fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in clay pigeon shooting[12] and 15th overall in the 2008 Olympic Games, missing out on qualification for the final round by 2 points.[13] In the 2012 Olympics Games he won the bronze medal after a shoot-off against Valeriy Shomin.[14][15]

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

Career results[edit]

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
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

PWRC results[edit]

Al-Attiyah drives a Subaru Impreza WRX STI at the 2006 Acropolis Rally
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 results[edit]

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

IRC results[edit]

Dakar Rally results[edit]

Year Class Vehicle Position Stages won
2004 Car Mitsubishi 10 0
2005 BMW DNF 0
2006 DNF 0
2007 6 1
2008 Event cancelled – replaced by Central Europe Rally
2009 Car BMW DSQ 2
2010 Volkswagen 2 4
2011 1 4
2012 Hummer DNF 2
2013 Demon Jefferies DNF 3
2014 Mini 3 2

References[edit]

  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. ^ World Rally Championship – Statistics
  4. ^ "Competitors – Nasser Saleh Al Attiya". Merc-fia.com. 20 December 1970. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Dakar Rally 2009 – Naser Al-Attiyah Disqualified". Motorward. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Rally dos Sertões 2009". Webventure.com.br. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  8. ^ "Breaking news". Dakar. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  9. ^ Al-Attiyah claims first Dakar win
  10. ^ "Al-Attiyah wins Dakar Rally". Al Jazeera. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "World Rally Championship – Drivers & Teams – Nasser Al-Attiyah". Wrc.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  12. ^ Dakar 2010
  13. ^ "08.30.04". CNN. 
  14. ^ "Vincent Hancock wins gold in skeet". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  15. ^ Olympic medal for WRC star Al-Attiyah

External links[edit]

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
2005-09
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
2011-13
Succeeded by
incumbent
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Khaled Habash M. Al Suwaidi
Flagbearer for  Qatar
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Bahiya Mansour Al Hamad