Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

South Sudan: President Salva Kiir names new vice president

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Leaked emails overshadow Democratic convention

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: hot hits for the summer season

Read more

FOCUS

Canada: Religious sponsorship of refugees creates controversy

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Verizon set to buy Yahoo's internet business

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

As Democrats gather, Russian subplot sparks intrigue

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Bernard Cazeneuve, the political punching bag

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Erdogan to rid Turkish institutions of ‘separatist cancer’ after coup attempt

Read more

ENCORE!

The best of summer music festivals in France

Read more

Attiyah: I would like to be the first Arab to win the Dakar

Text by Allaoua MEZIANI , Thibault LIEURADE

Latest update : 2009-01-05

BMW's Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (right in photo), who came in sixth in the 2007 rally, got off to a flying start this year with two victories in the first three stages.

Read the article about the third stage: 'Coma and Attiyah both take two of first three stages'


FRANCE 24 - What’s your first reaction after this second stage win?

Nasser Al-Attiyah -
I’m very happy. This second win on the 2009 Dakar is really comforting and it gives me motivation. I think that’s the kind of thing I need. Moreover, I climbed from ninth to sixth [in the overall standings, editor’s note]. I hope that will count when we cross the finish line.


FRANCE 24 - You ended sixth in the 2007 Dakar rally. This year, you are second after three days of racing. Do you feel your car improved?

Nasser Al-Attiyah -
Unquestionably. But I know we will have to stay competitive until the end if we want to succeed. Today’s win is a relief, but I still focus on the what really matters. The adventure is at its beginning. I won’t pretend that I don't have great hopes for the final victory. I feel things are going OK around me; there’s joy, satisfaction and determination. I would be so happy to be the first Arab to win the Dakar. And I really feel capable of doing it.


FRANCE 24 - What’s your strategy for achieving this goal?

Nasser Al-Attiyah -
There’s a specific strategy for each stage. The Dakar rally is so difficult that it would be trivial to plan the whole race from the first to the last stage. I would say my assets are determination, confidence and endurance. The rest is unpredictable.

Date created : 2009-01-05

COMMENT(S)