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FIA MIDDLE EAST RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP – OMAN INTERNATIONAL RALLY (ROUND 1/5)
The regional rally collection launched into motion earlier this month with the opening occasion of the five-round FIA Center East Rally Championship, Oman Worldwide Rally (6-Eight February). The Sultanate hosted the occasion for the primary time since 2015, with eighteen groups tackling three days of aggressive motion on demanding gravel particular phases within the Al-Hajar mountains.
Defending regional champion Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah started the defence of his title in emphatic fashion with a convincing start-to-finish victory. The Qatari and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel gained every of the 12 particular phases (SS9 was cancelled) of their Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and romped to a successful margin of over 5 minutes. The success was Al-Attiyah’s sixth in Oman as he tries to interrupt Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s document of seven wins within the Sultanate. Baumel has now gained the occasion twice (2015 and 2020).
Oman’s Abdullah Al-Rawahi delivered a strong efficiency on his Rally2 debut to safe second place with Jordanian co-driver Ata Al-Hmoud in a Ford Fiesta, whereas Qatar’s Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah and Italian co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini rounded off the rostrum locations within the third of the Ford Fiesta R5s.
In fourth total, the Omani pairing of Zakariya Al-Ofi and Ammar Al-Balooshi sealed the victory within the FIA MERC2 class, benefiting from technical points affecting Abdullah Al-Zubair and Meshari Jarah Al-Tauqi, who needed to retire on the second loop.
The FIA Center East Rally Championship resumes with the Manateq Qatar Worldwide Rally on 9-11 April.
FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP – BANDAMA RALLY, IVORY COAST (ROUND 1/7)
This weekend, the rally motion strikes from the Arabian Peninsula to West Africa for the kick-off spherical of the FIA African Rally Championship.
The Ivory Coast’s 46th Bandama Rally (21-23 February) will run over 12 particular phases – all on gravel apart from the Tremendous Particular stage that features ten per cent of asphalt roads – totalling 2 legs and 273.22 aggressive kilometres round Yamoussoukro.
South Africa’s nationwide rally champions Man Botterill and co-driver Simon Vacy-Lyle prime the 14-car entry record with a Toyota Etios and can battle it out towards rivals from the Ivory Coast and one French crew.
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