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Nasser Al-Attiyah, surprise participant in the Princess of Asturias

Nasser Al-Attiyah is the registered surprise of the Rally Princesa de Asturias, a test that will be held on October 12. Nasser enrolled in the test on the theoretical penultimate business day to do so, but the organization decided that same day to extend the deadline to September 2.

The test is held this year in a single day, on October 12, it will have 11 specials and 152 timed kilometers, although the day before, October 11, the usual previous events will be held.

The Qatari driver will take part in it with a VW Polo GTI R5 from Galician coach Amador Vidal. And then he plans to take part in the Terra da Auga Rally, this one on gravel, also with the same car.

Nasser’s intention is to stay in Spain until the Rally of Andalusia, a new test that this year replaces the Rally of Morocco as a mandatory prior to the Dakar.

The Andalusian event, which will be held from October 6 to 10, will be organized by ODC, Organization David Castera, the rally organizing company owned by David Castera who has also been Dakar race director since last year. Castera decided to suspend Morocco and replace it with a test in Andalusia.

The Andalusian test, if the covid-19 does not prevent it, must have the presence of the official Toyota and Mini drivers in preparation for the Dakar and it is also expected that the new car that Prodrive is preparing will debut. Details of it should be announced in early September. In any case, it is already known that it will have four stages, the first two and the last with two stages over 150 kilometers and the second with a single stage of 300. Apparently it will run through three provinces: Seville, Malaga and Cádiz.

Al-Attiyah’s purpose is to ‘get hands on’ in the two Spanish rallies, since he has not raced for a long time. And also be here in case any quarantine comes into force for tourists from some countries.

Source: explica.c0