2011 DAKAR RALLY CHAMPION, NASSER AL-ATTIYAH, WILL DEFEND TITLE IN 2012 IN A ROBBY GORDON HUMMER
Charlotte, N.C. (December 6, 2011) – Winner of the 2011 Dakar Rally, Nasser Al-Attiyah confirmed that he will join Robby Gordon and his off-road team in the 2012 edition of the Dakar Rally. Driving one of the highly-modified HUMMERs sponsored by his native country of Qatar, Al-Attiyah will compete for his second consecutive overall Dakar Rally victory. Should he conquer the South American desert once again, he will be only the second driver to triumph in two different manufactures; Ari Vatanen did so in 1990-1991.
Al-Attiyah has an impressive racing resume and is an accomplished cross-country and classic rally racer. He has won seven FIA Middle East Rally Championships titles since 2003 and collected 13 stage wins in the infamous Dakar Rally from 2009 to 2011.
"Teaming with Robby Gordon and driving a HUMMER is fantastic because it's a new challenge for me. I'm proud of being able to represent Qatar in this year’s Dakar Rally," Al-Attiyah said.
Lucas Cruz, who sat alongside Carlos Sainz for the 2010 Dakar win, will be his co-driver.
“To have Nasser as a teammate in this year’s Dakar Rally is a huge boost for our team. He brings the excitement and experience of a champion to our team. I personally take it as an honor that he chose our team to defend his 2011 overall win. Between my SPEED Energy HUMMER and his Qatar HUMMER, we have a strong team, cars, and drivers capable of winning the Rally,” commented Robby Gordon.
I am going to say he still is affiliated with Red Bull. He is driving an RGM Hummer sponsored by QATAR , so no conflict of interest.
And Nasser is a gold medal tip for London 2012 olympics too.
Best news out of RGM in a long time.
Fantastic, I can't wait to see run unfold out. Keep lots of bearings in your truck this year. We need RGM and Nassar to be I first and second place this year.
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I hope Nassar doesn't mind some competition... that being his boss!
Really CooL News . I Have followed The Country Of Qatar Since they got involed with drag racing (Al-Anabi) There Is AloT of Money there . Maybe bring them to Nascar ? Anyway Good To Read About This ty .
Last years #2 Hummer sponsor : Chile
This years #2 Hummer sponsor : Qatar
Why look for sponsors when you can just get an entire country onboard!
Excellent for RGM, excellent for SPEED, things are looking up for DAKAR 2012
According to a couple on RDC Kellon won't be co-dawg this year. Any truth to that? If so, any news on who is riding shotgun with RG?
Keep the updates coming TOG, thanks for all the work you're doing!
Will there be a #1 Team and a #2 Team or will it just end up being let them run until things fold out? Main question being, if RG breaks will Nasser stop or vica versa?