MERC: Toyota Race of Champions rally report

In the 26 & 27 of July some of the great rally drivers in the Middle-east meet in Jeddah , Saudi-Arabia for the first ever International. rally-sprint race in the middle-east . The race were organized by the bin-laden group and managed by the ...

In the 26 & 27 of July some of the great rally drivers in the Middle-east meet in Jeddah , Saudi-Arabia for the first ever International. rally-sprint race in the middle-east .

The race were organized by the bin-laden group and managed by the great Saudi rally driver A.Bahashab , who drive in the world championship teams cup with Toyota Corola World Rally Championship.

The race was on a special circuit built only for this event . In the first day the drivers drove on a rally-built Toyota RAV-4 and 10 drivers qualify for the next round lead by Lebanon driver R.Feghali . 2nd was Hamed Al-Wahibi from Oman and 3rd was another Lebanon driver , J-P Nasrallah . A.Bahashab only came in 7th place .

In the quarter final there were 8 drivers that were lead by the Feghali brothers , A.Bahashab ,J-P Nasrallah , H.Al-Wahibi , N.Shanfari . to the semi-final , in a Toyota Corola WRC arrived the 4 fastest drivers and it was R.Feghali -vs- J-P Nasrallah in all Lebanon fight and in the other semi-final it was all Oman fight with H.Al-Wahibi -vs- N.Shanfari.

In the Lebanon fight the winner and through the final was Roger Feghali and in the Oman dual it was Hamed Al-Wahibi in front . Roger Feghali , to those of you who don't know him is a young and talented rally driver who start this year to compete in the WRC ranks with a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO-6 in group-N class , he start his season in the Catalunya Rally and did it very well there in a Mistral-Racing car , took 2nd place in class in his first rally . He also took part in his home rally , the Lebanon round of the Middle-East Rally Championship but had to retire there , his next target is the rallies of San-Remo & Corsica in the WRC .

Hamed Al-Wahibi , from Oman , driving this year in the all-star team of Subaru pro-drive in his racing for Oman colors . his season is going not so well till now scoring points only in the 2nd round of the championship , in the Portugal rally . In the final R.Feghali in line-A started better and this gave him the win from the lane-B H.Al-Wahibi .

This great event was organized very well and show all the motor-sport fans that there is another forms of race types , also it gave the fans a chance to see all their heros from close distance . We all hope that this event will become a tradition in the middle-east and may be we could form a rally-sprint championship of this type.

Official results can be shown on the Mistral racing web-site at: http://www.mistralracing.com

- duby miller

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Series Other rally
Drivers Roger Feghali