MERC: Muhamed Bin-Sulayem to retire from rallying

Thirteen time Middle-East Rally champion Muhamed Bin-Sulayem held a press conference in Dubai and told the press that he is retiring from rally driving. Bin-Sulayem, who won more then 60 rallies in his Middle-East career, decided to retire after...

Thirteen time Middle-East Rally champion Muhamed Bin-Sulayem held a press conference in Dubai and told the press that he is retiring from rally driving.

Bin-Sulayem, who won more then 60 rallies in his Middle-East career, decided to retire after Ford, his main sponsor, had to change their plans and drop the Middle-East program due to financial reasons.

Mohammed said: "I am stopping not for lack of enthusiasm but purely for lack of sponsors. Everyone knows the financial problems that recently hit Ford Motor Company, my main sponsor in the last few years, and that had a negative effect on my career. I had strong links with them and it's very difficult to find a sponsor of their caliber overnight, especially with the limited time I had since I heard the news of their withdrawal just before the New Year. The love for the sports runs deep inside me, and I want to continue in the Middle-East Rally Championship that launched me to the limelight of the international scene. But I am realistic too and I know I cannot go on without sponsorship money."

The motor-sport in the Middle-East are still in shock after Bin-Sulayem announcement of retiring. he was a strong favorite again for this year title.

- duby miller

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