The Qatari gives Overdrive Racing the first FIA World Cup Drivers’ Championship title
Overdrive Racing’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah continues his dominion on the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies securing his third personal drivers’ title after winning last weekend weekend’s Columna Medica Baja Poland, round seven of the nine-event series, at Szczecin in northwestern Poland
Navigated by Frenchman Matthieu Baumel on the Toyota Hilux, Al-Attiyah adds the 2016 FIA World Cup title to the pair he earned in 2008 and 2015 giving Overdrive Racing the first ever FIA World Cup Drivers’ Championship title.
The Belgian team can rejoice also on the third place of the Polish duo of Marek Dabrowski and Jacek Czachor, that returned to action in the Team Orlen Toyota Hilux and stepped on the podium in their home race.
“This is a very nice feeling to have two cars on the podium and to take our first major FIA title here,” said a delighted Overdrive Racing’s CEO Jean-Marc Fortin. “This month is the 10th anniversary since we started Overdrive Racing with our first event being the Dakar in 2007. Some of the mechanics have been here since the start, since the creation of the company, and this is a superb result for all of us.
“We knew it would not be easy here. The Polish drivers know the stages well and they know where to cut and where to put the wheels. It is always like this. But Nasser was superb as usual and Marek claimed third place. That is a great result for him to be the best of the ‘unbeatable’ drivers.
Al-Attiyah laid down the gauntlet with the quickest time through the opening 7.08km super special stage in the militarised area, near Szececin, and edged into a lead of 12 seconds over local hero Holowczyc. On Saturday the Qatari managed to increase his advantage winning the second special stage of 176.33km apiece in the militarised area around Drawsko Pomorskie.
On Sunday, Al-Attiyah had to face the attacks by Holowczyc, who reduced his gap and putting pressure on the two-times Dakar winner. However, the Qatari managed to keep is advantage clinching the victory in Poland and giving himself and the team an unassailable lead in the FIA World Cup Drivers’ Championship standings with two rallies to go in Morocco and Portugal in October.
Source: Overdrive Racing