Nasser Al-Attiyah has been the epicenter of the program Toyota in the Dakar in the last two years. Although the qatari has not achieved the goal of adding his third ‘Touareg’ and allow the japanese manufacturer to get their first win in the raid more hard of the world, the relationship between both parties has become more solid and strong. So much so that, as reveals ‘AUTOhebdo’, Nasser Al-Attiyah is currently negotiating with Toyota’s Gazoo Racing to return to the WRC and carry out a program part of five rallies at the wheel of one of the Toyota Yaris WRC team led by Tommi Mäkinen.
According to the French weekly, Nasser Al-Attiyah wants to feel the sensations offered by the new World Rally Cars, whenever his last rally in the top category of the WRC was in 2013. This fact, coupled with its relationship with Toyota, and the desire of the brand to rent their cars can result in a quick understanding for that Al-Attiyah competes with the Toyota Yaris WRC in five rallies of this same season. It should be recalled in this respect that Nasser does not dispute a rally of the World from 2015, the year in which added their title in the class WRC2.
in The end, the understanding between the team Toyota Gazoo Racing and Nasser Al-Attiyah will depend on a lot of the decisions of the future that take both parties, especially if the manufacturer nippon puts all the meat on the grill and is involved officially in the project of the Dakar, up to now in the hands of the south african subsidiary of the brand directed by Glynn Hall. Without Peugeot Sport as the rival to beat, Toyota has in his hand to make the assault definitive to Dakar from the hand of Nasser Al-Attiyah that comes from winning the last two Cup titles in the FIA World Rally Cross-Country.