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Al-Attiyah celebrates first victory with the Polo GTI R5 in Qatar

Al-Attiyah celebrates first victory with the Polo GTI R5 in Qatar

17.03.2019: FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q) has once again set the benchmark in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. To

FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC)




Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q) has once again set the benchmark in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. Together with his co-driver Matthieu Baumel (F), the 48-year-old won the season opener in impressive fashion.





At the Qatar International Rally, Al-Attiyah won all eleven special stages and, after 203.72 classified kilometres, held a lead of 3m 29.6s over second-placed Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (Q, Škoda).



This was victory number 14 in the Qatar International Rally for the 14-time MERC champion Al-Attiyah, as well as his 70th overall win in the MERC.



This triumph from Al-Attiyah, who won the Dakar Rally with Volkswagen in 2011, is also the first overall victory for the Polo GTI R5 in an FIA competition.




“The first victory for the Polo in the Middle East is something completely special,” said Al-Attiyah, exactly 134 days after the new customer racing rally car from Volkswagen celebrated its debut at the Rally Catalunya.


“The Polo GTI R5 and my entire team were outstanding. We have learnt a great deal and actually had lots of fun along the way. Now we prepare for Jordan.”




Here, the second of a total five rounds of the 2019 MERC will take place from 25 to 27 April.





Andre Dietzel, photo QMMF

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