Citroën Racing is delighted to announce the arrival of Nasser Al-Attiyah to its team. From Rally Sweden onwards, the driver from Qatar, alongside co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini, will be at the wheel of a Citroën DS3 WRC, identical to those of Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen in the works Citroën Total World Rally Team.
Nasser Al-Attiyah, winner of the 2011 Dakar, is no stranger to the WRC. The Qatari has raced in 46 rounds of the championship since 2004, and he also won the P-WRC title for production cars in 2006. With seven FIA Middle East Rally Championship titles to his name, he brings considerable rallying experience to Citroën Racing. Nassar will make his debut in Rally Sweden after defending his Dakar title. In addition, he will represent his country in the 2012 London Olympic Games in clay pigeon shooting.
Olivier Quesnel, Citroën Racing Team Principal said: “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 as proven by his impressive results. We’re delighted that he’s chosen our team to make his debut in a World Rally Car, and we’re determined to put all our support behind him to help him move up to the top level.”
Nasser Al-Attiyah commented: “I’m very happy to fulfill what has been both a dream and a sporting objective. We’ve done a lot of work on this project in the past few months and I’d like to thank Raouf Menhem for his involvement alongside me. I can’t wait to get to know the team better and to test the DS3 WRC.
It’s still a bit early to fix myself objectives as I’m counting on acquiring experience not only with the engineering squad, but also with drivers as talented as Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen. I think I’ll be able to score good results in the toughest rallies like Greece, for example. I also feel it’s a very positive step that the WRC is being opened up to longer events. The experience I’ve gained in the Dakar will certainly be very useful as endurance skills are of supreme importance in these rallies.”