MERC: Lebanon: Bakhashab all set with new car, high optimism

With a new car & high optimism Bakhashab all set to repeat his 1996 title. Saudi Arabian Star Marlboro Team Rally driver Abdullah Bakhashab headed to Lebanon to prepare for the Lebanon International Rally which will be run July 4-7 & is...

With a new car & high optimism Bakhashab all set to repeat his 1996 title.

Saudi Arabian Star Marlboro Team Rally driver Abdullah Bakhashab headed to Lebanon to prepare for the Lebanon International Rally which will be run July 4-7 & is considered as one of most important & demanding rounds of the Middle East Championship.

Bakhashab, who has made the Middle East title his No. 1 target after FIA discontinued the team cup, is looking forward to continuing his success after finishing in 16th place in the famous Acropolis Rally held last month in Greece.

Before his departure to Lebanon, the Saudi driver seemed to be full of optimism & geared up for the rally fully aware of the importance of this round & describing it as a round he is really looking forward to.

"I think my participation in the Acropolis Rally gave me the strength & experience to prepare for Lebanon. I really feel ready & hope to gain a better position despite the presence of the great drivers participating," he said.

He added that the Lebanon round is considered as a very critical for Middle East Championship & he hopes he can repeat his victory of 1996.

Bakhashab declared that he will be replacing his old rally car Toyota Corolla WRC with a Ford Focus WRC, "It was a tough decision to take but I had to after the withdrawal of Toyota from rally world to join the Formula world," he said.

The Saudi Rally driver, who is officially supported by "Power Horse" , will be facing the best Middle East Rally drivers from UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon & Jordan, but rally lovers will be expecting a tough competition between the Saudi Rally drivers against the long time Middle East champion, Mohammed Bin Sulayem, in his new Subaru Impreza WRC.

Fast, twisty & tough, that's what the 1060.58 kms of tarmac roads consist of in the forthcoming Marlboro Rally of Lebanon.

The event which consists of 22 legs, begins in Beirut on July 4th, 2002 & is being held under the patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic. General Emile Lahoud.

-duby miller

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Drivers Mohammed Bin Sulayem