Date of birth : 21/12/1970
Who is he? Dakar winner, World Rally Championship class title winner, Olympic Games medallist in skeet shooting, multiple Middle East champion… you name it, this all-round sporting colossus has pretty much done it.
He’s unbeatable in Cyprus, right? He’s won the Cyprus Rally a table-topping five times and notched up eight Troodos Rally victories, the country’s former Middle East championship counter.
Anything else? He’s a winner in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. In fact, his record-breaking fifth Cyprus Rally in June 2017 came on the back of Al-Attiyah’s first-place finish on Rally Kazakhstan.
What makes him so good in Cyprus? “There is no secret but I work very hard and we have the experience,” he says. “The rally is a mix between slow stage, medium stage and fast stage and we need to manage the speed on the different stage. The hot weather is no problem because we do a lot of race like the Dakar Rally where we stay 12 hours inside the car in hot temperatures. But we know this race is really hard and very hot. It’s my favourite rally.”
Azores Airlines Rallye: DNE
Rally Islas Canarias: DNE
EKO Acropolis Rally: DNE
Cyprus Rally: 4
Rally di Roma Capitale: DNE
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNE
Rally Poland: DNE