MERC: Qatar: Bin-Sulayem is back and wins first event

Qatar International Rally 2002 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round 1 of 7 Bin Sulayem is back & gains early advantage in Middle East series! Thirteen-times regional champion Mohammed Bin-Sulayem emerged victorious from the thrilling ...

Qatar International Rally
2002 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round 1 of 7

Bin Sulayem is back & gains early advantage in Middle East series!

Thirteen-times regional champion Mohammed Bin-Sulayem emerged victorious from the thrilling two-day event, although he had been hard-pushed on the opening stages by Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Bakhashab and then by the Qatari Hamed Al-Sowaidi, running a Subaru Impreza WRC for the first time in the series.

Bin-Sulayem gave backa little of his six and a half minute advantage at the end of the rally, but drove at a sensible pace sufficient to give him a maximum 10 points from the opening round of the series.

Sowaidi finished second overall and Sharjah's Abdullah Al-Qassimi completed the top three in Sulayem's 2000 Ford Focus WRC. Group N winner Khaled Al-Qassimi, Misfer Al-Marri and Abdullah Al-Kuwari completed the top six in a trio of Mitsubishis.

<pre> 1 1 Mohd Ben Sulayem Mohd Ben Sulayem(UAE) John Spiller(UK) A8 1 Ford Focus WRC 01:56:22

2 3 Qatar Rally Team Hamad Al Sowaidi(QA) Michael Morrisey(IRL) A8 2 Subaru Impreza WRC 02:02:24

3 4 Abdulla Al Qassimi Abdulla Al Qassimi(UAE) Fred Gocentas(LTH) A8 3 Ford Focus WRC 02:07:25

4 12 Khaled Al Qassimi Khaled Al Qassimi(UAE) Tareq Warshaw(UAE) N4 1 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI 02:16:22 00:01:30

5 11 Kuwait Rally Team Mohammed Al Sarraf(KT) Hamoud Al Jabri(OM) N4 2 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI 02:22:10 00:00:50

6 16 Misfer Al Marri Misfer Al Marri(QA) Hamad Al Mirri(QA) N4 3 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI 02:23:31 00:00:50

7 7 Qatar Rally Team Abdulla Al Kuwari(QA) Nasser Al Kuwari(QA) N4 4 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 02:25:51 00:00:10

8 14 Abdulrehman Ghuloom Abdulrehman Ghuloom(BH) Ester Ghuloom(BH) N4 5 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO V 02:47:13

9 19 Essa Al Dossary Essa Al Dossary(KSA) Ahmad Al Kuwari(QA) N4 6 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO III 02:51:59 00:00:30

10 17 Ron Oakley Ron Oakley(UAE) Jamie Turner(QA) N2 1 Subaru Impreza 1600 03:41:56 00:02:10

- duby miller

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Series Other rally
Drivers Fred Gocentas , Misfer Al Marri