Al-attiyah rewrites the record books
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.