Jordan Rally

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Henning Solberg after a stage in 2008.

The Jordan Rally is a rallying competition held in Jordan. It was a new addition to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar for the 2008 season, and the first occurrence of a WRC event in the Middle East.[1] The rally was previously part of the Middle East Rally Championship. The 2008 rally was held from 24–27 April with the event headquarters located just outside the capital city of Amman.

Stages[edit]

The 2008 Jordan Rally had 21 stages centred around the Dead Sea area (in 40 km radius[2]). The stages all fell within a 75 km area, making it one of the most compact rounds of the season. All stages except one had sections below sea level.[3]

The service area was constructed from scratch, involving the Jordan's Army and Ministry of Housing Public Works. An area of 50 thousand square meters was to be dedicated solely to the purpose of this WRC event, one of the biggest sporting events Jordan has ever held.[2]

Winners[edit]

Edition Year Championship Driver Co-driver Car
1st 1981 Lebanon Michel Saleh Lebanon Tony Samia Toyota Celica GT
2nd 1982 Lebanon Michel Saleh Lebanon Tony Samia Toyota Celica GT
3rd 1983 MERC Qatar Saeed Al-Hajiri United Kingdom John Spiller Opel Manta 400
4th 1984 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem United Arab Emirates Hasan Bin Shadour Toyota Celica Twin Cam Turbo
5th 1985 MERC Qatar Saeed Al-Hajiri United Kingdom John Spiller Porsche 911 SC RS
6th 1986 MERC Qatar Saeed Al-Hajiri United Kingdom John Spiller Porsche 911 SC RS
7th 1987 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem United Kingdom John Spiller Toyota Celica Twin Cam Turbo
8th 1988 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Toyota Celica Twin Cam Turbo
9th 1990 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
10th 1992 MERC Qatar Abbas Al-Mosawi Republic of Ireland Benny Smythe Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
11th 1993 MERC Qatar Sheikh Hammad Al-Thani Qatar Abdullah Al Mari Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
12th 1994 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem United Kingdom Phil Mills Ford Escort RS Cosworth
13th 1995 MERC Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bakhashab Republic of Ireland Bobby Willis Ford Escort RS Cosworth
14th 1996 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Ford Escort RS Cosworth
15th 1997 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Ford Escort RS Cosworth
16th 1998 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Ford Escort WRC
17th 1999 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Ford Escort WRC
18th 2000 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Republic of Ireland Ronan Morgan Ford Focus RS WRC
19th 2001 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem Jordan Khalid Zakaria Ford Focus RS WRC
20th 2002 MERC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Sulayem United Kingdom John Spiller Ford Focus RS WRC
21st 2003 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah United Kingdom Steve Lancaster Subaru Impreza WRC
22nd 2004 MERC Jordan Amjad Farrah Jordan Khalid Zakaria Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII
23rd 2005 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah United Kingdom Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRX STi
24th 2006 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah United Kingdom Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRC
25th 2007 MERC United Arab Emirates Khalid Al-Qassimi United Kingdom Michael Orr Subaru Impreza WRC
26th 2008 WRC Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 07
27th 2009 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza WRX N15
28th 2010 WRC France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC
29th 2011 WRC France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën DS3 WRC
30th 2012 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC
31st 2013 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC
32nd 2014 MERC Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordan Rally preview". Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Rally Jordan service area takes shape". WRC.com. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Jordan Rally guide". Retrieved 2008-01-17. [dead link]

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