Nasser Al-Attiyah

Nasser Salih Nasser Abdullah Al-Attiyah (born 21 December 1970 in Doha) is a Qatari rally driver and sport shooter. He participates in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC), which he won in 2006, and the Dakar Rally, which he won in 2011. In shooting, he came in fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in clay pigeon shootingand 15th overall in the 2008 Olympic Games, missing out on qualification for the final round by 2 points.
Al-Attiyah won the PWRC in 2006, his third year in the championship, with co-driver Chris Patterson. In that season Al-Attiyah entered with a Subaru Impreza. He gained the championship lead after finishing second in the PWRC class in the Rally Mexico and afterwards he won the following two rounds, Rally Argentina and Acropolis Rally. He was also in a 7-event campaign in the 2007 World Rally Championship season. He is has been competing on the Middle East Rally circuit.
He also drove in a BMW with Swedish female co-driver Tina Thorner in the 2009 Dakar Rally in Argentina. He was among the frontrunners until he got disqualified on 8 January 2009 after he had missed 9 checkpoints, the rules stating that 4 missed checkpoints are the maximum.
In the 2009 World Rally Championship season Nasser scored his first point in Argentina, the fifth stage. Nasser finished second the Rally dos Sertões from Goiânia to Natal in Brazil (24 June-3 July 2009) behind Carlos Sainz of Spain.
In the 2010 Dakar Rally, he finished second, 2'12 behind Carlos Sainz, the smallest gap in the history of the race. On January 15, 2011 Nasser Al Attiyah won the legendary Dakar race as one of four Volkswagen drivers, making him the only Arab to ever win the difficult race.
He was a driver for Barwa Rally Team in the 2010 World Rally Championship season.