Overdrive Racing begins quest to win back FIA World Cup with three-pronged assault in Qatar

Overdrive Racing begins quest to win back FIA World Cup with three-pronged assault in Qatar

17.02.2019: 2019 Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally February 21-26, 2019 ē Al-Attiyah, Ten Brinke and Al-Rajhi to drive trio of Toyota Hiluxes

2019 Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally
February 21-26, 2019

•         Al-Attiyah, Ten Brinke and Al-Rajhi to drive trio of Toyota Hiluxes


Fresh from clinching victory in the gruelling Dakar Rally for the first time in January in association with Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa, Overdrive Racing has entered three Toyota Hiluxes in the Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally.

The opening round of the 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies takes place on February 21-26 and will be fought out over five stages across the length and breadth of the State of Qatar.

Overdrive Racing will be hoping to win back the FIA World Cup title it last held in 2017 and will be entering two or three cars at each round of the series this year in Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Morocco. The FIA has, this year, split cross-country events into two championships for longer distance Marathon-type rallies and the shorter Baja events.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke and Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi will drive the three Toyota Hiluxes in Qatar, the trio offering a wealth of international experience to the Belgium-based team that runs under the management of Jean-Marc Fortin.

Al-Attiyah is the Arab world’s leading off-road driver and is a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally and a five-time champion on his home event in Qatar. He and French navigator Matthieu Baumel missed out on the FIA World Cup title in 2018 and are keen to get the 2019 campaign underway with a potential sixth victory for Al-Attiyah on home sand.

“This is my home event and that is always special,” said Al-Attiyah. “It is a very difficult event and throws up numerous challenges. I have a good record here but last year shows that anything can happen and we need to be fully focused from the start to give ourselves the best chance of winning.”

Ten Brinke was Al-Attiyah’s team-mate in the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa team and is reunited with his former co-driver Tom Colsoul for the first of two Middle Eastern events in the space of less than two months.

Ten Brinke failed to finish the recent Dakar Rally, but is relishing the new challenge of the Qatar deserts and will need to call upon all his navigator’s experience to overcome the event’s notoriously tricky navigation and deceptive desert trails.

Colsoul is the defending FIA World Cup champion navigator and finished fourth overall in the recent Dakar Rally. He was also the winning co-driver in Qatar last season on the way to a memorable title success with Jakub Przygonski and is looking forward to working with Ten Brinke again.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi is Saudi Arabia’s most successful ever rally driver and returns to the Overdrive Racing team with whom he raced in the FIA World Cup in 2014.

The Riyadh driver will also have a new co-driver reading his road book and navigational waypoints, with the former Dakar-winning German Dirk von Zitzewitz replacing fellow countryman Timo Gottschalk in the passenger seat of the third Toyota.

Jean-Marc Fortin, CEO of Overdrive Racing, said:
“I am delighted to announce our programme of events to enable us to challenge for honours in the FIA World Cup this year. We will enter two or three cars at each round and have a very strong line-up for Qatar, which is, perhaps, the most challenging event in the calendar for both the driver and co-driver with the navigation and numerous tracks in the desert.

“The season got off to a perfect start with the team’s first win at the Dakar Rally, but we need to build on that success now and win back the FIA World Cup for Toyota.”

New iconic Pearl island start for Qatar event

The Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally gets underway with a ceremonial start on the iconic Pearl on Thursday (February 21).

The competitive action then fires into life with a 102km stage on February 22 and that will define the starting order for the first of four further desert selective sections.

The subsequent two timed sections run for 313km and 338km and the fourth is planned for 350km, with a short road liaison of 56km built into the day’s timetable.

The fifth and final stage takes place on February 26 and runs for 270km before the ceremonial finish on The Pearl-Qatar.

In a route of 2,059km, teams will tackle around 1,367km against the clock.

Jean-Marc Fortin - Neil Perkins - photos Overdrive



17.02.2019 / MaP

More News

Monster Energy Honda Team prepares the 2019 season
This week Monster Energy Honda Team were once again back at the French port of Le Havre to pick up the assistance vehicles and motorcycles freshly arrived back after the recent appearance in the Dakar Rally. Now back at the team’s headquarters, the mechanics are already hard at work to tackle the 2019 season. more >>
Defending FIA World Cup Champion Przygonski tops quality field for Qatar Cross-Country Rally
Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, round 1February 21-26, 2019•         Al-Attiyah and Abu Issa lead impressive more >>
Dubai International Baja takes place under patronage of Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan
Stage set for dramatic World Cup action as top drivers, riders face  battle for supremacy in Al Qudra desertCaption:     The UAE’s Mohammed Al Balooshi scored his first World Cup rally victory in last year’s Dubai International Baja more >>
Global schedule again for X-raid in 2019 season
•    Reorganisation of FIA World Cup•    Kuba Przygonski out to defend his titleJust a few weeks after the Rally Dakar, the X-raid team is preparing for the start of the 2019 cross-country rally more >>
Continental becomes Founding Partner in Extreme E off-road electric racing series
•    Races to be staged worldwide•    Off-road races designed to boost awareness of challenges of the future•    Continental to supply high-technology tyres more >>
Ourednicek adds a fifth Dakar medal to his impressive collection
The dust has already settled after the end of the 2019 Dakar Rally, it’s time to look back to the good and bad days in Peru. Although in terms of the number of race days and kilometres it was shorter, the 2019 edition of Dakar Rally is considered by most competitors as one of the toughest ever. more >>
Formula E founder launches radical new off-road racing concept Extreme E
Watch the video here   We're no strangers to electric racing - more >>
Dakar winner Al-Attiyah to begin FIA World Cup in Qatar Cross-Country Rally
Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally – February 21-26, 20192019 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, round 1 •         South Racing looks ahead to start of FIA World Cup at Qatar’s Cross-Country Rally   more >>
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2019 Dakar Rally review
The 2019 Dakar Rally was one of success for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Continuing their incredible winning streak at the world’s most prestigious rally, Red Bull KTM riders secured all three podium positions at the close of what was a highly-challenging edition of the annual event. Putting in one of the pluckiest rides in recent Dakar history, Toby Price secured the Austrian brand&rsquo more >>
Monster Energy Honda reviews the 2019 Dakar
The great Dakar challenge still eludes the Monster Energy Honda Team. The 2019 Dakar Rally may have ended, but the toughest, trickiest and most ruthless rally for both man and machine still remains the main outstanding team objective. At the 2019 Dakar, more >>
Dakar Rally podium finish for Team De Rooy on Goodyear truck tyres
...with all four trucks in the top ten Standard Goodyear truck tyres beat the sands of Peru Gerard De Rooy took 3rd place in the Truck Class of the 2019 Dakar Rally with all four of the Petronas Team De Rooy Ivecos finishing in the Top 10 more >>
Tim and Tom Coronel make it to the finish of the 2019 Dakar Rally
Tim and Tom Coronel have made it to the finish of the 2019 Dakar Rally. After one of the hardest editions in history of the endurance event, the two were allowed to drive their car over the finish ramp in Lima. The 2019 event took place within the natio more >>
Hero MotoSports Team Rally secures their second Top 10 finish at the Dakar 2019
Oriol Mena delivers another stellar performance to finish 9thComeback man Joaquim Rodrigues finishes in Top 20 with 17th position. It was a bright and sunny morning as the final stage of the Dakar 2019 went underway in Pisco. The short more >>
Comment from President Akio Toyoda
Toyota Motor CorporationGAZOO Racing Company Concerning the Outcome of the 2019 Dakar Rally The 2019 Dakar Rally has reached the finish line! Every year, many entrants choose Toyota cars to take on this tough challen more >>
The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first more >>
Selected driver quotes after Dakar 2019 finish
Nasser Al-Attiyah: “It was a very hard race. I’m really happy to win this race. It was a fantastic job from the team. There’s been a lot of people working on this car for a long time, always believing we could win the Dakar. I’m so proud of these guys right now. My job was to bring the car home in first place and I’m so glad I could do my part.&rdq more >>
Desert dominance crowns champions in four categories at the 2019 Dakar Rally
(clockwise) Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toby Price & Matthias Walkner, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content PoolAfter 10 stages across the dunes of Peru the best offroad racers in the world have emerge more >>
Positive End To Xavier De Soultraitís 2019 Dakar Rally Campaign
Bringing their participation in the 2019 Dakar Rally to a close on Thursday, the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team saw WR450F Rally mounted Xavier de Soultrait secure a highly positive sixth place result in the rally's overall standings.Claiming his more >>
Monster Energy Honda Team finishes the Dakar 2019
Nacho Cornejo narrowly missed out on a maiden stage victory on the tenth and final day of the 2019 Dakar Rally. The runner-up spot in today’s special placed him in a position which greatly improves on last year’s performance.Chilean rider Nac more >>
Toby Price and KTM win Dakar 2019
Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 10Toby Price has won the 2019 Dakar Rally. At the end of what has been an incredibly successful race for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland have rounded out the final podium positions with Price securing KTM their 18th consecutive victory at the iconic event.  more >>
Al-Attiyah completes a hat-trick of titles while gutsy Price survives extreme pain.
The 41st edition of the Dakar Rally came to its conclusion with the remaining competitors speeding into the Peruvian capital of Lima. After navigating a 247km liaison, all that was left standing between the finish line and potential victory was a 112km special stage. Here is all you need to know: more >>
Dakar Rally SS10: Great second place for Nani Roma
•    Fourth place for Kuba Przygonski•    Five MINI in the top 10The X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team celebrated a fine second place at the Dakar Rally for Joan Nani Roma and Alex Haro (both ESP) in the MINI J more >>
Chile's Francesco Lopez seals second successive side-by-side Dakar victory
... for South Racing Can-Am Team41st Dakar Rally January 7th-17th, 2019 Thursday, January 17th, 2019 ●                  more >>
Monster Energy Can-Am Team finish second, third and fourth in gruelling Dakar Rally
41st Dakar Rally January 7th-17th, 2019Thursday, January 17th, 2019•        Casey Currie wins Rookie category for Monster Energy Can-Am Team The recently formed Monster Ene more >>
Dakar Rally SS10: 100% Peru - 100% challenging
•    Fifth place for Despres•    Ten chastening days in the Peruvian desertExpectations were high for the X-raid MINI JCW team at the start of the Dakar 2019. However, Peru was a more >>
Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah wins his third title as Toyota claim first ever Dakar Rally win
•         Overdrive Racing’s Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot round off top 10Qatari rally driver Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah created a little piece of history for Toyota Gazoo Racing South Afric more >>
Dakar Rally 2019 in review
334 machines came under starter’s orders in Lima Monday 7 January, setting off on a short blast down the Pacific coast to Pisco, 102 of them being cars and it was Attiyah who struck while the iron is hot beating the Minis Sainz and Przygonski to Pisco. Ral more >>
TRUCKS Dakar 2019 -final overall standings
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 2019     1        500    E. NIKOLAEV     KAMAZ    41:01:35    0:00:00&nbs more >>
CARS Dakar 2019 -final overall standings
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 20191        301    N. AL-ATTIYAH     TOYOTA    34:38:14    0:00:00    00:0 more >>
SXS Dakar 2019 -final overall standings
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 20191        360    F. LOPEZ CONTARDO     CAN - AM    42:19:05    0:00:00  &nb more >>
QUADS Dakar 2019 -final overall standings
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 20191        240    N. CAVIGLIASSO     YAMAHA    43:01:54    0:00:00    more >>
BIKES Dakar 2019 -final overall standings
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 20191        003    T. PRICE     KTM    33:57:16    0:00:00    00:01 more >>
Made in South Africa - Toyota wins Dakar
Historic win for local team as SA bikers take rookie 1-2Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah has won the 2019 Dakar Rally driving a South African-built Gazoo Racing Toyota Hilux, while two South African champions, Ross Branch (KTM) and Kenny Gilbert (Husqvarna) took a more >>
The South Africans in Dakar Rally 2019
Multiple former South African Cross Country Moto champion but a Dakar rookie, Pretoria’s Kenny Gilbert started the week in 42nd on his Husqvarna before moving steadily up the leaderboard on his Husqvarna to end up 25th overall and third of the bike rookies by Saturday’s rest d more >>
Dakar win 4 for Eduard Nikolaev
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 2019Eduard Nikolaev has won his fourth Dakar (and his third in a row) behind the wheel of his Kamaz, 25 minutes ahead of his team-mate Dmitry Sotnikov.   more >>
Nasser Al-Attiyah wins his 3rd Dakar
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 2019 Nasser Al-Attiyah has finished the last stage on the 41st Dakar in 12th place 9 minutes behind the day’s winner. The Toyota driver his won his 3rd more >>
Carlos Sainz wins the last Dakar 2019 stage
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 2019Carlos Sainz has managed to complete what was a difficult rally for him with a stage victory. The Mini has beaten Sébastien Loeb by only 42 second more >>
Dakar SS10 Van Genuten actual on top
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 201910:00 Van Genuten starts quicklyTon Van Genugten is the quickest truck driver at WP1. The Dutchman has a slender lead over Alex Loprais and Maurik more >>
Toby Price takes bikes victory in Dakar Rally 2019 and nr.18 for KTM
Dakar Rally 2019Stage 10 from Pisco to LimaThursday, January 17th 201909:53 Toby Price wins his second Dakar!Has won the last stage of the Dakar 2019 and wins the world’s biggest rally-raid for the second time, following his more >>



Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 full copyright