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Qatar driver Nasser Al Attiyah clinched his 13th FIA Middle East Rally Championship title before he started the final round, the Shiraz Rally run in Iran. This was after second placed, and the only other eligible driver, Meshari Al Thefiri, did not enter the rally. Kuwaiti Mitsubishi Evo IX driver Meshari, however, has won the 2017 MERC Group N Championship. Al Attiyah had a trouble free rally in his Fiesta R5, winning by 1m30.3s from the Czech driver Vojtech Stajf, but the Czech celebrity Daniel Landa Stajf’s fellow Skoda Fabia R5 had to retire when lying third with a broken suspension top mount. Third place eventually was Iranian Hormos Kalhor in a Kia Cerato. The rally was based at the ancient city of Persepolis. Al Attiyah now hopes he will equal Mohammed Bin Sulayem’s record of 14 championship titles next year.
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