Al-Attiyah and Loeb never leave each other

Al-Attiyah and Loeb never leave each other

After competing in the next Dakar with Prodrive, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah will join Dacia in 2025. He will therefore participate in the next two Dakars in the same team as Sébastien Loeb.

Three teams in three seasons for Nasser Al-Attiyah, including two in common with his rival Sébastien Loeb. The Qatari and the Frenchman, the two leaders of the world rally-raid, are no longer apart. At the end of October, the five-time winner of the Dakar (2011, 2015, 2019, 2022, 2023) announced that he was leaving Toyota, whose colors he had worn since 2017, to join Prodrive, the team with which Sébastien Loeb joined in 2021.

The two drivers will therefore be rivals and teammates on the 2024 Dakar, which will start on January 5. But they will also be the following year! Indeed, five months after announcing the arrival of Sébastien Loeb (49 years old) in 2025, the Dacia team announced this Tuesday the arrival of… Nasser Al-Attiyah (53 years old next week)! His French co-driver Mathieu Baumel will also follow him to the Romanian manufacturer, a Renault subsidiary since 1999.

Al-Attiyah: “It’s a dream team”

“He will officially race with the brand from the test phases in 2024 and will then take to the tracks of the Dakar and the FIA ​​World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC) from 2025, alongside the Sébastien Loeb / Fabian Lurquin and Cristina Gutiérrez Herrero / Pablo Moreno Huete. From 2024, the three crews will test a prototype of the brand, running on synthetic fuel, on the tracks of the Morocco rally“, writes Dacia in its press release.

“I am really happy to join Dacia,” reacted Al-Attiyah. I think it will be a really good team, solid, and we will try to win in the first year. They’re a dream team. I have a lot of respect for Sébastien Loeb and Cristina, and I have good relationships with these two drivers. We are really very strong and our goal is to win with this magnificent brand that is Dacia. » If Dacia is currently absent from the cross-country rally world championship, there is no doubt that the team’s engineers are preparing a quality car for 2025 where, with such drivers, it should be in the running for victory in the Dakar.

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