Posted on April 23, 2016

Nasser Al-Attiyah’s perfect start to the defence of his FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup title continues at a fierce pace with a second win of the new season collected in his native Qatar. Nasser and co-driver Mathieu Baumel blasted into an early lead at the Sealine Cross Country Rally with victory on the first stage and held top spot until the chequered flag fell at the Losail International Circuit. 

Qatari driver Nasser and Frenchman Mathieu were given a rapturous reception at the start of the Sealine Rally as they arrived in Doha fresh from winning the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. If they could achieve their mission objective of a second victory in a month it would put them in pole position to retain their World Cup.

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The desert racing duo picked out the fastest path possible for their Toyota Hilux on stage one of the Sealine Rally to take early control of the contest. A second successive stage win on the following day of the race extended Nasser and Mathieu’s lead and gave them the chance to dictate the race pace from the front of the field. Despite opening the road amid plenty of technical navigational challenges a third stage victory on the bounce was secured on the middle day of the Sealine Rally as the 2015 Dakar Rally winners gave their fans plenty to cheer. Expectations of Nasser landing another win on home soil grew further with a fourth consecutive stage win.

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The final day of action in Qatar brought to a close 1,650km of timed racing in harsh desert conditions. A victory lap of the Losail International Circuit awaited Nasser and Mathieu as they celebrated an imperious victory – winning four out of five stages on route to a convincing overall win. This latest victory makes it two wins from two in the 2016 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and leaves Nasser and Mathieu sitting on maximum points as they look to successfully defend their title. Nasser now takes a break from racing as he heads to his Olympic training camp before a trip to Rio de Janeiro where he aims to improve on his bronze medal for skeet shooting won in London four years ago.

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