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DEFENDING CHAMPION SURVIVES DUBAI RALLY SCARE AFTER CAR CATCHES FIRE

28 November, 2012

Quick action by Al Attiyah’s mechanics prevent serious damage as Qatari hunts another Middle East title

Mechanics carry out repairs to Al Attiyah’s Ford Fiesta RRC. Mechanics carry out repairs to Al Attiyah’s Ford Fiesta RRC.

                                       Mechanics carry out repairs to Al Attiyah’s Ford Fiesta RRC.

Dubai, UAE, 28th November 2012: Qatar’s defending champion, Nasser Al Attiyah, was given a scare in the final countdown to the Dubai International Rally today when the car he hopes to drive to another Middle East Championship title caught fire.

Mechanics quickly extinguished the flames after the fire broke out as a result of a battery fault in the rear of Al Attiyah’s Ford Fiesta RRC.

While they managed to prevent serious damage to the car, the fire burnt out the main part of the electrical wiring which will be replaced when spare parts being flown in overnight arrive from the UK.

The incident happened while the car was being prepared for action at the Rally HQ, at Dubai Men’s College, in the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) campus, Academic City.

Al Attiyah, chasing his sixth consecutive victory in the Dubai International Rally and an eighth Middle East title, will be the first of the competitors to be flagged away from the ceremonial start tomorrow night (Thursday) by H.H.Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and the rally’s patron.  This takes place on Emaar Boulevard, in Old Town Dubai, at 7.30pm.