Rally Jordan eyes return to WRC calendar

Rally Jordan organisers are currently negotiating a return to the World Rally Championship calendar potentially as soon as next year, Motorsport.com has learned.

The FIA has issued a 2016 WRC calendar comprising 14 rounds several weeks ago, albeit without official confirmation of the France and Monte Carlo Rallies, which are subject to finalising contract terms and conditions with the FIA and WRC promoters.

Jordan, which previously hosted a World Championship round for three years in 2008, 2010 and 2011, expressed its full willingness to host the WRC again next season.

Rally Jordan, acting as the sixth round of the Middle East Rally Championship, took place last weekend and earned plaudits for its organisation from the competing drivers.

Commenting on the potential return of Jordan to the WRC calendar, Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein, Chairman of the Jordanian Motor Sport Executive Council, said: "We are currently negotiating with the FIA, and the WRC promoters, and our discussions revolve around our return next year or in 2017."

After winning his 11th title in the Middle East Rally Championship in Jordan last Saturday, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah commented: “It is important for us to have a rally in our region in the WRC.

"Jordan has really great roads, and I really hope the rally will return to the WRC in 2017."

Story by Khodr Rawi

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Drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah
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