Khalid Al Qassimi places second in Jordan

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After already earning podiums in Qatar and Kuwait, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson take second place in the Rally of Jordan in their Citroën DS3 RRC.

More each year rally fans came in droves to witness the departure of the Jordan Rally, with a special first fought in the streets of Amman. On a track very dusty earth, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson settled their Citroën DS3 RRC second in the overall standings.

Throughout the first day, the crew of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi Rally Team consolidated his position with the highlight being a best time in SS4. "The roads are slippery. They require a different driving style of other rounds of the Championship in the Middle East, "Khalid Al Qassimi stressed. "Our pace was good and the Citroën DS3 RRC was efficient. But we opted for hard tires which do not allow us to benefit from maximum grip and traction. We preferred to keep a good balance between attack and security. "

More competitive in the second day with three additional scratches, Khalid Al Qassimi retained second place overall and scored important points for the rest of the championship.

"I am very satisfied with the Citroën DS3 RRC," he concluded. "Citroën Racing's engineers have done a remarkable job to adjust the settings to my driving style. I was confident in the opening stages of the day. We lost some time at the end of the rally to avoid a large stone placed in the middle path, but it was better to drop a few seconds rather than risk abandonment. "

The side of Abu Dhabi Racing - Citroën Trophy Middle East, the start was marked by the release of Mohamed Al Sahlawi road. Committing an error in the ES2, it damaged the right rear suspension of his Citroen DS3 R3. More cautious, his teammates feared difficulties Jordanian route reaching the finish of the third race of the season.

As Qatar and Kuwait, Mohamed Al Mutawaa was needed in its category: "Thanks to the experience gained last year, I was able to go a notch higher in terms of performance. I must once again thank Abu Dhabi Racing for the implementation of this program, which allows young drivers to show their abilities. Also thank you to the Citroën Racing that always gives us competitive cars team. "

At the wheel of the Citroën DS3 R3 other Saeed Juma Al Falasi Bintouq and completed the podium of the 2WD class. Mansoor Bel Helei finished fourth before Mohamed Al Sahlawi.

After the first three rounds, Khalid Al Qassimi is second in the championship of the Middle East with 51 points. The season will now mark a long summer break. The next round of MERC is scheduled to Lebanon at the end of August.

Citroën Racing Media

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Tags chris patterson, citroen, jordan, khalid al qassimi, rally