Østberg primed for Canaries asphalt
Holiday meeting leads to Fiesta R5 drive
The reigning WRC 2 champion had planned to start his 2016 WRC 2 campaign in Mexico, but pulled his Skoda Fabia R5 entry at the last moment this week to focus on his parallel career as a world-class sport shooter.
Al-Attiyah has represented his country in the last five Olympic Games, most recently securing a bronze medal in the men's skeet event at the 2012 games in London.
After securing the WRC 2 title in Spain last year, Al-Attiyah pledged to defend his title in 2016, however wrc.com understands that he has been instructed to give priority to preparations for August's Olympics in Brazil.
For now it is unclear if he will enter Rally Argentina, which was due to be his second WRC event this season.