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Wales Rally GB: Al-Attiyah withdraws from season finale

Nasser Al-Attiyah forced out of Wales Rally GB with hand injury
Nasser Al-Attiyah is to miss the final round of the World Rally Championship following the announcement that he has withdrawn his entry into Wales Rally GB.

The Qatar World Rally Team driver had been due to contest the event at the wheel of his regular M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta WRC but has failed to recover from an incident in the previous round of the season in Spain.

That incident saw Al-Attiyah roll out in dramatic fashion on the eighth stage of the event, with the 42-year-old Dakar winner being left with pain in his hand as a result.

Having failed to recover sufficiently, Al-Attiyah and co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini have now been forced out of the event on the advice of medics.

No replacement has been named by the team.



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DafyddLarcombe

November 13, 2013 10:15 AM
Last Edited 238 days ago

Its a shame for Al Attiyah, I like him, hes a good guy. I would suggest that if Malcolm was looking at a new driver signing for next year who is not already competeing on Rally GB (I.E. Tanak) he would quickly pop them in the car for this event at short notice, but if they are not already doing the recce today then I dont think they will persue that plan on safety grounds. If I were Malcolm I would now upgrade Elfyn Evans to the WRC Car of Al Attiyah for his home event and see if he could maybe get a Top 5 overall result, at least he could gauge how well he goes against Kubica (also in a WRC Car for Rally GB) If there were a it more notice I am sure that you would of seen someone like Haydon Paddon fill in for Al Attiyah, Lappi is still under contract for Skoda so that would not be possible, and im not even sure if Malcolm is taking to Lappi anyway. I am just assuming he must be, based on his Huge potential and his age.



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