Two-time WRC2 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah will not defend his title in 2016, instead opting to concentrate on preparations for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

By: Darshan Chokhani, Editor, India

Two-time WRC2 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah will not defend his title in 2016, instead opting to concentrate on preparations for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 45-year-old won his first WRC2 title in 2014 and defended it this year, winning three rallies along the way.

However, the Qatari - a bronze medalist in the 2012 London Summer Games in clay pigeon shooting - has made his Olympics campaign a priority for next year.

While speaking to Motorsport.com, Al-Attiyah's source confirmed the Qatari driver will still be active in motorsport in 2016 - and is expected to take part in a World Rallycross rounds.

He will also compete in the Dakar Rally, the Silk Way, the Middle East Rally Championship and the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

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