After dominating OiLibya Rally of Morocco, Nasser Al-Attiyah is once again crowned world champion: it is the second consecutive title for Overdrive Racing’s Toyota Hilux with DakarCorse wheels.
Nasser Al-Attiyah secured the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title in stunning fashion by clinching his fourth outright victory in a rain-affected OiLibya Rally of Morocco, the 10th and penultimate round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The Qatari, driving a Toyota Hilux with DakarCorse wheels, won the series in 2008, 2015 and 2016 and gave Overdrive Racing a second successive series win with his seventh victory of a dominant 2017 campaign with French navigator Matthieu Baumel.
The crew had to fight hard to overcome a fierce early challenge from multiple WRC champion Sébastien Loeb over a six-day event where large chunks of the competitive route were cancelled because of flooding. Al-Attiyah’s winning margin was 7min 55sec and gave him an unassailable lead of 109 points in the FIA World Cup with one event remaining.
“This was a hard-earned victory and a very important one for me and the whole team,” said Al-Attiyah, who had already claimed outright wins this season in Dubai, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Spain, Hungary and Poland. “This is a great result for Toyota, my country Qatar, Overdrive Racing. Matthieu and myself and we can look ahead to the Dakar with great confidence.”
“This is a significant achievement for the whole team and something for which we can be extremely proud,” said a satisfied Jean-Marc Fortin, Overdrive Racing’s CEO. “To win the FIA World Cup two years running is no mean feat and it was even more difficult this time against a very strong field with Loeb, Sainz and Hirvonen pushing very hard. We have fulfilled three objectives: we have won the rally, clinched the World Cup and worked on further evolutions with the Toyota for the Dakar. We still have two months to go and we can enjoy this moment. Sometimes, when we are busy, we forget that this is our best ever season and we should appreciate these times.”
For EVO Corse – official wheel supplier of Overdrive Racing – this is the second consecutive World Champions title, which comes just few days after the victory of the European Junior Rally Championship clinched by the Opel Rallye Team in Latvia. “We are extremely proud to partner Nasser Al-Attiyah – probably the best rally raid driver overall in this moment – and Overdrive Racing. Jean-Marc (Fortin) and his team have trusted us for many years, and we are really happy to be part of their success,” said engineer Luca Meneghetti, CEO of EVO Corse. “We hope to be able to help Overdrive Racing to collect a great result also in the next Dakar Rally, which is undoubtedly the most fascinating off-road competition in the world.”
Source: Overdrive Racing