MERC: Lebanon championship preview

The 2001 Lebanon Rally Championship will kick-start on the 4th of May at the Rally du Printemps. This is a 3 round national championship that includes the Intl. Rally du Liba, part of the FIA middle-east rally championship and a top contender ...

The 2001 Lebanon Rally Championship will kick-start on the 4th of May at the Rally du Printemps.

This is a 3 round national championship that includes the Intl. Rally du Liba, part of the FIA middle-east rally championship and a top contender for WRC status. The event runs at the end of June.

The last round of the championship is the Rally des Cedres in October.

One of the great names of Lebanon rally is Jean Pierre Nasralla. Nasralla is keen to take part in all of the 3 rounds with a Grifone prepared Toyota Corola WRC-approved and sponsered by Cyberia. Nasralla also intends to rally in the Cyprus round of the WRC.

Another big favorite for the Lebanon championship is young Abdo Feghali in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo-6, sponsered by Fiberlink. Feghali will try hard this year to win the championship and make a step closer to the world rally championship; as his brother Roger did with the new Mistarl racing team. Roger won last year the Intl. Rally du Liban, after the retirments of Nasralla & Muhammed Bin-Sulayem.

More top Lebanon rally drivers that will take part in the championship are: Doumit Bou Doumit, Elie Dib, Philip Kazan. <pre> 2001 calender :

4-6 May                   Rallye du Printemps
28-30 June - 1. July      25th. Marlboro Rally of Lebanon
5-7 October               Rallye des Cedres

-duby miller

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