MERC: 30 Teams to compete in the Jordan International Rally

30 teams will compete in the Jordan International Rally which will be held during the period May 17-19, Rally Organizing Committee said. The deadline for receiving entry forms elapsed and there will be no new participants. The unofficial list of...

30 teams will compete in the Jordan International Rally which will be held during the period May 17-19, Rally Organizing Committee said. The deadline for receiving entry forms elapsed and there will be no new participants.

The unofficial list of participants includes 13 teams from Jordan, 2 teams from the UAE, 3 from Qatar, 3 from Cyprus, 3 from Bahrain, 2 from lebanon, 2 from the Czech Republic, 1 from Saudi Arabia and 1 from the UK.

Rally Organizing Committee Chairman Bashar Bustami expressed satisfaction with the number and caliber of the competing teams. He said this year's Rally will include big names in the Middle East Rally Championship 6 of whom are FIA seeded, a record number for the Jordan International Rally. "This will ensure an exciting and competitive performance", Bustami added.

Jordanian driver Marouf Abu Samra will compete in a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V along with his co-driver Amjad Shamayleh. Abu Samra expressed his readiness for this year competition and is looks forward to the reconnaissance period, which starts on Monday. He said he intends to "go on the offensive" from the early start because of the heavy competition in this group. "Winning Group N is like winning the whole Rally", Abu Samra added.

Rallyart of Belgium equipped Abu Samra's car. The car placed fifth in Group N in the Swedish round of the World Rally Championship last February. The car was modified to compete in the desert environment of Jordan. A technical team from Sweden will arrive in Amman Saturday to perform the final mapping on the car. However, Abu Samra's maintenance crew during the Rally will be all-Jordanian.

The Jordanian driver is looking forward to the long special stages particularly the stages at Hafira and Swaqa. He said that he always performed better in long stages.

"I have the ability to withstand the pressures of long stages. These stages allow the driver to make up for any lost time", Abu Samra said.

Bustami said the long stages require a "high degree of physical fitness without which the driver would not be able to concentrate on the road".

Meanwhile Jordanian driver Amjad Farrah said his new car would not be ready on time to compete in the Jordan International Rally. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI (Clubman A) is being equipped by Rallyart in Frankfurt, Germany. He expressed hope to have the car ready for the upcoming Rumman hill climb in Jordan and the all-tarmac Lebanon round of the Middle East Rally Championship which will be held on the 28th of June.

The Jordan Rally Organizing Committee extended invitation to attend this year's event to past winners. Among those invited are Said Al Hajiri, Hamad Al Thani, and Abbas Al Musawi of Qatar, and Abdallah Bakhashab of Saudi Arabia.

-duby miller

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Series Other rally , WRC
Drivers Amjad Farrah