The Jordan Rally sees participation from 26 drivers from across Middle Eastern countries, and ran through May 9th –11th. Champion Nasser Al Attiyah faces tough competition in trying to retain his Jordan title. The participants list sees 11 drivers from Jordan, 4 from Qatar, 7 from UAE, 3 from Lebanon, 2 from Kuwait, and 1 each from Italy, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
The Rally was flagged off by HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein, chairman of Jordan Motorsport from Martyr’s Memorial in Al Hussein Sports City on Thursday evening and over the next 2 days traverse Jordan Valley. Friday morning saw rallyists tackle the first gravel special stage at Suwayma. On Friday, Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Italian co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini managed a 1min 11.2sec lead at the end of 8 special stages in the Dead Sea area. He ended the rally at the top of the podium. While Al-Attiyah led by 68 secs, Roger Feghali came in 2nd.
Friday, also saw Abu Dhabi Racing’s Mohamed Al-Salhawi and co-driver Ulsterman Allan Harryman hang on precariously in the first stage of the Jordan Rally in their Citroen DS3. Car 14 (Abdullah Al-Kuwari) and Car 22 (Majed Al-Shamsi with Irish co-driver John Higgins, Subaru Impreza) left the road in SS5. At one stage Marouf Abu Samra passed a troubled Khalid Al-Suwaidi, who almost went off the road.