MERC: Liatti and Loubet to join Feghali and Mistral for Lebanon

Liatti and Loubet to join Feghali and Mistral Racing for the 25th Rally of Lebanon. Mistral Racing will be competing, with no less than three cars, in the 25th Rally of Lebanon - 5th round of the 2001 Middle East Rally Championship and a strong...

Liatti and Loubet to join Feghali and Mistral Racing for the 25th Rally of Lebanon.

Mistral Racing will be competing, with no less than three cars, in the 25th Rally of Lebanon - 5th round of the 2001 Middle East Rally Championship and a strong candidate for the FIA World Rally Championship. For this occasion, Mistral Racing has joined forces with two internationally renowned world Rally drivers, Piero Liatti and Yves Loubet, who will join team driver Roger Feghali.

Italian-born, Liatti, will be driving a Subaru Impreza WRC. This first time participant in the Rally of Lebanon and certainly one of the most experienced tarmac drivers in the world is expected to provide quite a unique challenge for this rally. Liatti's huge experience in World Rally Championships as well as European Rally Championships and his extended knowledge of the Subaru WRC, make of him a potential winner.

Mistral Racing's driver, Roger Feghali, is also driving a WRC Subaru Impreza. Feghali, four times Lebanese Rally Champion (1997-1998-1999-2000) and winner of the Rally of Lebanon 2000, is aiming for another victory this year, as he will battle to defend his title.

"I know this rally very well, and it will be easier than all the other rallies, because I am home. But since it will be the first time I drive a world rally car, I feel there will be a lot of pressure. Anyhow I feel confident and I think it will be a very exciting and challenging rally." Feghali stated.

Combining Liatti's huge experience with Feghali's talent and his mastery of this particular event, Mistral Racing has clearly positioned itself as a strong contender for first place.

Both cars are backed by the local Subaru distributor, "Amin Bazergi & Co." and technically supported by the Italian company PROCAR SRL.

The third Mistral Racing driver is French man Yves Loubet who will be driving a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer, technically supported by the Belgian company R-TEC SPRL. Loubet's participation is also of great importance, as this will be his third participation in the rally of Lebanon. His knowledge of this rally, and his overall rally victories make of him a favorite for victory in the Group N production category.

The Rally takes place from 29 June until 01 July and covers about 1060 kilometers. It offers 22 special stages totaling 288 kilometers.

-duby miller

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Series Other rally
Drivers Roger Feghali , Yves Loubet , Piero Liatti