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Sealine Rally Qatar: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Buggy star attractions in Qatar.



Nasser Al Attiyah was given a rapturous reception by his home fans as he prepares to embark on the daunting 1,500km rally across the sands of southern Qatar. Nasser and co-pilot Lucas Cruz took the time to meet a multitude of their supporters ahead of Tuesday's opening stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally.

Nasser and Lucas have returned to defend their title with one significant change from the previous edition of the rally. Last year's victory was secured behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux but this time around the duo will be racing the Qatar Team's V8 Buggy.

The Sealine Cross-Country Rally is the V8 Buggy's second competitive race and the first FIA event the Team vehicle has entered. This added extra pressure to Monday's rigorous scrutineering checks but expert preparation from the team's mechanics saw the Buggy pass it's inspection with flying colours.

The scrutineering checks ahead of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally took place at Losail International Circuit, home to the curtain-raising event of the 2013 MotoGP season earlier this month. Once the Buggy had met all of the necessary technical specifications it was time for the team to attend the Ceremonial Start of the race.

However, Nasser and the Team were careful not to get carried away by the party atmosphere that swept over the Doha Corniche. Tonight is all about resting up ahead of a ruthless test of endurance for both man and machine.

The route for this year's Sealine Cross-Country Rally encompasses 1,500 km of competitive track over four stages. The race for the lead will be fought over perilous rocky sections as well as the trademark desert dunes of southern Qatar.

Tuesday's opening stage is over 400 km in length and a real baptism of fire for all the competitors entered into this third round of the 2013 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

Nasser Al-Attiyah: It was a fantastic feeling to get the car through all the scrutineering checks this morning. This is the first FIA event for our Buggy so we have been working hard to ensure we complied with all the necessary technical specifications.

Now that scrutineering is out of the way we can put all of our attention on winning this race. There was a great energy coming from our fans here in Doha throughout the day and this helps us to focus on securing the right result.

Even though our Buggy is still very new we want to start winning races with the Team, hopefully we can enjoy a strong finish at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally. Of course I know the terrain in Qatar very well but desert is desert wherever you are in the world. The potential hazards at this race are the same for everybody, including myself.

Along with my co-pilot Lucas (Cruz) we will try our best to make a good time on Tuesday's opening stage to put us in a position to start controlling the race. Lucas has also raced on this terrain before and he brings all of his other rally experience with him as well.

2013/04/22 | 20:45 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SCROUR











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