DOHA: Qatar rally star Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah will hope to continue his brilliance this season and win the title of the Middle East Rally Championship early at the 50th edition of the Cyprus International Rally, the fourth round of the 2021 season, today.
The rally’s activities started yesterday with the exhibition stage and the opening ceremony with the participation of 32 crews from the host country Cyprus, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and France.
Al Attiyah, accompanied by his French navigator, Mathieu Baumel, in a Volkswagen Polo GTIR Rally2 car, will be the most prominent candidate to win the title of the rally, which will witness the participation of 6 drivers and 3 Arab navigators.
Al Attiyah leads the overall standings for the drivers of the Middle East Championship with 120 points, which he gained from two wins in Qatar and Jordan, and his second place in the Lebanon Rally behind the Lebanese title winner Roger Feghali.
In addition to Al Attiyah, the rally will witness participation of Omani Hamad Al Wahaibi, who won the Middle East Championship for Group N cars in 1997, and who returned to competition after an absence of 10 years, as well as Qatar’s Nasser Khalifa Al Atya, and Kuwaiti Meshary Al Dhafiri with his
Qatari navigator Nasser Saadoun Al Kuwari in the championship ERC2 for Group N cars, Abdullah Al Rawahi with his regular Jordanian navigator Atta Al Hamad, and Jordanian Asim Aref with his compatriot Ahmed Jan Khout.