MERC: Lebanon: Final report

2002 Toyota Race for Champions - Roger Feghali retain his title for the second year in a row !!! A repeat of last year's final saw a terrific performance from Lebanon's rally Champion Roger Feghali who stormed in his WRC Corolla in ...

2002 Toyota Race for Champions - Roger Feghali retain his title for the second year in a row !!!

A repeat of last year's final saw a terrific performance from Lebanon's rally Champion Roger Feghali who stormed in his WRC Corolla in an astonishing timing quicker than his younger brother Abdo Feghali to retain his title for the second year in a row.

In its thrilling and exciting day, the 2nd Toyota Race for Champions concluded its activities on Thursday night with the attendance of 20 thousand rally fans who lined the track limit to see the top international Arab rally drivers at Dallah Al Barakah on Al Malik road.

Following his victory of the first round of race for professional, Nasir Al Atiyah from Qatar made another impressive performance and qualified to the quarter final along with Roger Feghali, Abdo Feghali, Michael Saleh, Jean Pear Naserallah (Lebanon), Salah bin Aidan (Kuwait), Nizar Al Shanfri (Oman) and Bashar Bastami (Jordan).

The top experienced drivers Nasir Al Atiyah, Roger Feghali, Abdo Feghali, and Nizar Al Shanfri outscored everybody with their skills and reached the semi final to set one of the most exciting race.

The two Lebanese brothers who hoped to repeat last year's final made their hope come true as they outscored the two GCC rally drivers to face each other in a dramatic final which was cheered by hundreds of Lebanese fans.

In his crucial race against Roger Feghali, Nasir Al Atiyah who was rated as one of the best drivers this year led after the opening but lost time with a power steering problem when he hit the side of the track during the halfway of finish line.

Finally the two Lebanese brothers remained in the midst of the battle for the top two positions but the older Roger ended the race in favor when he crossed the line in 57.22 seconds while his brother reached the final line in 57.47 minutes.

In conclusion of the most exciting event of Jeddah summer festival, Prince Abdullah bin Fahad presented awards to winners and also presented the best Saudi rally driver award to Majed Al Ghamdi.

Abdullah Bakhshab, organizer of the event expressed his satisfaction of the success of the race .

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Series Other rally
Drivers Roger Feghali