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2019 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round 2
QATAR’S NASSER SALEH AL-ATTIYAH TOPS IMPRESSIVE ENTRY FOR JORDAN RALLY
· Rally officials make changes to route and stage timetable for MERC round
AMMAN (JORDAN): The resurgence of interest in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship continues to gather pace with the news that the Jordan Rally has attracted 18 entries and an additional five crews for a national rally.
Jordan Motorsport officially announced today that competitors from 10 nations will take part in the second round of the regional rally series on April 25-27.
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah is the defending champion and a winner of the Jordan Rally on a dozen occasions and he tops the entry list in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver Matthieu Baumel face competition from a further three R5 cars in the hands of fellow Qataris Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (ŠKODA) and Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah (Ford) and Jordan’s Marouf Abu Samra (Ford).
The 2019 Jordan Rally will be based at the Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort and gets underway with a ceremonial start at Abdali Boulevard in Amman from 19.00hrs on Thursday, April 25th.
Rally officials have made changes to the route and special stages that teams will tackle on the second round of the regional series. The rally will now be fought out over 22 special stages and 247.20 competitive kilometres in a route of 563.38km.
Teams will face 11 special stages on Friday (April 26th) and a further 11 on Saturday. The Dead Sea super special stage of 2.59km will now round off the competitive action on both days after two loops of five gravel specials each day.
Support for the event comes from Abdali Boulevard, Mountain Dew, Hala and Bliss FM.
Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, International Press Officer, 2019
Jordan Rally Media Service, Facebook Group: MERC
Facebook Group – Jordan Motorsport (الأردنية لرياضة السيارات)
April 17th, 2019