MERC: Jordan International Rally preview

Jordan international rally - preview The Organizing Committee of the Jordan International Rally announced that this year's event will take place during the period May 17-19, Clerk of the Course, Malcolm Neill, said this year's event ...

Jordan international rally - preview

The Organizing Committee of the Jordan International Rally announced that this year's event will take place during the period May 17-19, Clerk of the Course, Malcolm Neill, said this year's event will incorporate several new features including a new Organizing Committee, new 1040-km all-desert route, 5 special stages each repeated twice, and a 2-km super special stage.

Neill pointed out that the Jordan International Rally will adopt a series of measures aimed at providing maximum safety for the participants and spectators alike. "We hope to establish the Jordan International Rally in its rightful place in the Middle East Rally Championship", Neill said.

Chairman of the Rally Organizing Committee, Bashar Bustami, announced that this year's Rally will have several new features including the use of new timing equipment with accuracy of up to the tenth of a second, a feature being introduced for the first time in the Middle East Rally Championship. The Organizing Committee will also utilize a new communication system which will guarantee a quick and accurate flow of information, Bustami added.

Deputy Clerk of the Course, Ziad Loza, said all stages will take place in the south of Jordan. Some of the stages will be used for the first time while others will utilize old routes that have been altered, Loza added.

The Federation Internationale de L'automobile (FIA), the governing body of motor sport worldwide, agreed to readmit the Jordan International Rally in the Middle East Rally Championship series. HRH Prince Faisal Bin Al-Hussein, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Motor Sport Council, ordered the policy-making body of motor sport in Jordan to be restructured. The new measures aim at revitalizing motor sport in Jordan and strengthening the Jordan International Rally within the Middle East Championship series as a step towards possible inclusion in the World Rally Championship in the future.

Jordan Television will provide live coverage of the 2-km super special stage, which will start on Thursday May 17 in the afternoon. The venue of this stage was carefully selected adjacent to the Amman International Fair at Marj Al-Hamam. Deputy Clerk of the Course, Ziad Loza, pointed out that the stage would allow spectators to follow the participants closely. He added that the venue has several viewing locations overlooking the stage, which will allow the crowds to enjoy the action from a safe distance.

-Rally-Net

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