Self confident ,aware of his competence, and accomplishing victories and triumphs ,Abdo Feghali , along with Joseph Mattar , both on top of Lebanon's championship, enter the 27th International Marlboro Rally of Lebanon , the 2nd round of the Middle East Championship , that will take place this weekend.
Feghali will be driving a TOYOTA COROLLA WRC , sponsored by RED BULL , and is dead set to win the rally after ranking 3rd last year when he was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6. Feghali is highly prepared to this rally since he was participating all along the season in local and foreign rallies.
In addition to his triumph in both rallies of winter and spring , the thing that will increase his opportunity to hold the first official title , the " Promising Champion " is going through the whole program of the category of the youth cup in the world championship with the support of the Italian ASTRA team . In fact , Abdo Feghali scored two splendid points in Monte Carlo and Turkey before facing bad luck in Acropolis . Feghali started that he was fully prepared for the rally of Greece during his training in Italy.
Many necessary modifications were carried out on his car , a Ford Puma 1600 , however , he explained : "the mechanical difficulties sticked to us since the first SS , the distance of which is 24 km . The accelerator "jumped" from its place , and we were forced to slow down to the minimum speed . It was impossible to immediately solve this issue , however we scored good time " .
Furthermore , Astra team expressed its relief toward the result and "its technicians asked us to increase the pressure starting the 4th stage . Unfortunately , a disorder occurred on the filter that was removed from its place , so sand and pebbles infiltrated to the engine which lead to the breakdown of the valve . Hence , we were forced to stop the race."
Feghali seems comfortable to drive a Toyota , sponsored by RED BULL , in Marlboro Rally of Lebanon since it will benefit from the technical assistance of the professional GRIFONI team . It is worthy to mention that the latter had provided technical assistance to many champions , such as Baghera , J P Nasrallah , and Abdallah Bakhachab .
Feghali considers that the size of Toyota Corolla is suitable for the difficult mountain curves and that he is accustomed to the paved roads that distinguishes Malboro Rally of Lebanon in the Middle East Championship.
Moreover , he is expecting a severe competition from his brother , Roger. However , he announced : " I feel more prepared since I did not miss any race , unlike them".
Feghali expressed his gratitude to his sponsors this season , mainly "RED BULL" that gave him the opportunity to compete while driving an internationally ranked car . At the end he whished the best of luck to all the participants.