Citroën Racing is delighted to announce the arrival of Nasser Al-Attiyah in its team. From RallySweden onwards, the driver from Qatar will be at the wheel of a Citroën DS3 WRC identical tothose of Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen.
In addition to the two cars entered by the Citroën Total World Rally Team for Sébastien Loeb / DanielElena and Mikko Hirvonen / Jarmo Lehtinen, Citroën Racing will run another DS3 WRC for Nasser Al-Attiyah / Giovanni Bernacchini.
Nasser Al-Attiyah, winner of the 2011 Dakar, is no stranger to the WRC. The Qatari has raced in 46rounds since 2004, and in 2006 he won the P-WRC title for production cars so he has considerablerallying experience, which he hopes to put to good use with Citroën Racing. Nasser Al-Attiyah has justwon his seventh FIA Middle East Rally Championship title. Nassar, who is also a distinguishedsportsman, will make his debut in Rally Sweden after defending his Dakar title. In addition, he willrepresent his country in the London Olympic Games in clay pigeon shooting.Olivier Quesnel, Citroën Racing Team Principal: “We’re pleased to announce the
arrival of Nasser Al-Attiyah at Citroën Racing. He’s a complete all-round driver who already has considerable experience asproved by his impressive results. We’re delighted that he’s chosen our team to make his debut in aWorld Rally Car, and we’re determined to put all our support behind him to help him move up to the toplevel.”
Nasser Al-Attiyah : “I’m very happy to fulfill what’s been both a dream and a sporting objective. We’vedone a lot of work on this project in the past few months and I’d like to thank Raouf Menhem for hisinvolvement alongside me. I can’t wait to get to know the team better and to test the DS3 WRC. It’s stilla bit early to fix myself objectives as I’m counting on acquiring experience not only with the engineeringsquad, but also with drivers as talented as Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen. I think I’ll be able toscore good results in the toughest rallies like Greece, for example. I also feel it’s a very positive step thatthe WRC is being opened up to longer events. The experience I’ve gained in the Dakar will certainly bevery useful as endurance skills are of supreme importance in these rallies.”