A rally driver sends a message to his fans after suffering a terrible accident in Cyprus

Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah sent a message to reassure his followers after his auto caught fire during Saturday’s Cyprus International Rally, forcing him to retire from fourth round of the Middle East Rally Championship.

Al-Attiyah appeared in a video clip, after his retirement from the gathering, saying: “I assure all the fans that we are fine with my colleague Matthew and everyone”.

He added: “Praise be to God, we came out safely from the accident, which is always present in such sports and often in all competitions, and material losses can always be compensated “.

Al-Attiyah was in third place behind drivers Simos Galatariotis and Alexandros Tsolovtas at the end of the fifth stage, when his Volkswagen Polo GTI went off the track and caught fire.

Following the accident it was decided to stop the stage to preserve the safety of the participants and to put out the fire, in so that competitors return from alternative routes to the maintenance stop and do not resume the same route.

According to the Qatari newspaper, Al-Raya, it is not the first time that theauto Al-Attiyah has been exposed to fire in Cyprus since in previously he had suffered the same thing in 2003 with his Subaru Impreza WRC.

Al-Attiyah takes first place in the Middle East championship with 120 points, ahead of Kuwaiti Mishari Al-Dhafiri, who has 74 points, and was looking forward to his eighth victory in the Cyprus Rally and winning the title for the 17th time in his career.

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