Overdrive: Five Toyota Hilux in Qatar

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel

Overdrive Racing is sending five Toyota Hiluxes to the Qatar Cross-Country Rally, round four of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, on April 17-22.

Defending FIA World Cup champion Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah will be joined on his home event by former Dakar winner Giniel de Villiers, Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Seaidan, Poland’s Aron Domzala and Dutchman Erik van Loon.

 

Qatar’s round of the FIA World Cup joined the series in 2012 and Al-Attiyah has won every year except for 2013, taking the last four wins with his regular navigator Matthieu Baumel. This year’s event takes on extra significance for the Qatari, who missed the last two rounds of the series in the UAE and now trails series leader Martin Prokop by 63 points heading to the start of the event at the Katara cultural centre, north of Doha, on Tuesday, April 17.

Sixty points are available to the winner of the five-day challenge through the remotest parts of the State of Qatar, on an event where precise navigation is just as important as speed across the varied sandy and rocky terrain.

« It’s always important for me to win at home, but this rally is very important to the defence of my championship,

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