Qatar’s Al-Attiyah confirms “safe” after car went up in flames at rally – news from Doha

The rally driver and his French co-driver were involved in a car accident that ended their contribution to the race.

Qatar’s rally star Nasser al-Attiyah announced he was “safe” after the driver and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel were involved in a terrible accident during the sixth stage of the Cyprus Rally.

The three-time Dakar champion shared a video of his burning Volkswagen Polo GTi on his social media account after allegedly driving off-road and crashing into a tree during the competition.

Al-Attiyah confirmed that he and his partner Baumel were safe, but severe damage to the car meant they could not continue the rally.

A quick response from the fire brigade team in Cyprus prevented the spread of a bush fire.

In July, Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah secured the title of this year’s Baja Spain Aragon Rally, the fifth round of the FIA ​​World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas.

Al Attiyah and his co-driver Baumel took first place with 6 hours 32 minutes and 44 seconds. Swede Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist followed in second place with a time of 6 hours 37 minutes and 24 seconds.

Also read: Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar crosses into first place in the Spanish Baja Aragon Rally.

The champion is a force to be reckoned with in the world of rallying.

He was the 2006 Production World Rally Champion, 2014 and 2015 WRC-2 Champion, 15-time Middle East rally champion, four-time winner of the FIA ​​World Cup for cross-country rallies and three-time Dakar rally winner, who won titles in 2011 , 2015 and 2019.

With his triple victory in the Dakar Rally, he is the only person from the Middle East to have won the competition more than once.

Al Attiyah is also a star when it comes to shooting. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he won the bronze medal in the men’s skeet tournament.

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