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Jordan Rally Kicks off on Oct. 16
    2008-10-10 14:26:25     Xinhua
Jordan Rally 2008, the fifth round of the prestigious Middle East Rally Championship, will kick off in Jordan on October 16 with 33 professional drivers competing.

The rally gets into gear with a ceremonial start from Al Hussein Gardens on October 16. For the following two days, it will take place in and around the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley areas.

The headquarters and the service park will be at the Dead Sea. The 18 timed special stages are all located within 40 kilometers of the headquarters, presenting one of the world's most compact international rallies. Fans, organizers say, can enjoy a full programme of entertainment preceding the official launch.

"We have taken the start back to Amman to make it easier for the people to access and to feel a part of the event," said Randa Nabulsi, clerk of the course.

"There is plenty of room for spectators and, at the same time, everyone can get up close to the region's top drivers from 12 countries," she added.

Earlier this year, Jordan hosted the region's first ever FIA World Rally Championship and gained great fame. Next week's event is supposed to be another stepping stone on the road to preparing for the return of the championship in 2010.

Competing will be drivers from Qatar, the UAE, Lebanon, Cyprus, Kuwait, the UK and Jordan.

The October 16-18 event is expected to see the Middle East champion, Qatar's Nasser Al Attiyah, race to win the rally and regain his position as Jordan rally champion.

The 2007 Jordan Rally was won by UAE's Sheikh Khaled Al Qassimi whose WRC commitments prevented him from entering the regional series this year.
 
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