Al-at­tiyah rewrites the record books

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Nasser Al-at­tiyah be­came the most suc­cess­ful driver in the his­tory of the Mid­dle East Rally Cham­pi­onship with a 12-minute win on last week­end’s Kuwait In­ter­na­tional event.

The Qatari driver’s 14th MERC ti­tle came at the wheel of a Ford Fi­esta R5 pre­pared and run by Bri­tish firm Au­totek. Al-at­tiyah’s lat­est cham­pi­onship win moves him past Mo­hammed bin Su­layem, who won 13 ti­tles – his 14th came in 1989 when only half the ral­lies were held due to the Gulf War. The FIA de­clared 66 per cent of ral­lies must run for a ti­tle to be awarded.

De­spite his re­sult, the 47-year-old Al-at­tiyah has no in­ten­tion of stop­ping. He said: “This a fan­tas­tic re­sult for me and the whole team af­ter an­other ex­cel­lent sea­son. To break the long­stand­ing record is very sat­is­fy­ing. There have been many mem­o­ries along the way and many bat­tles with some great driv­ers. Now we can look to the fu­ture and push­ing ahead with more records of our own.”

Al-at­tiyah’s win was his sev­enth in Kuwait and his 69th in the MERC.

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