Jordan Rally

Henning Solberg after a stage in 2008.

The Jordan Rally (Arabic: رالي الأردن‎) 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 (MERC). The 2008 rally was held from 24–27 April with the event headquarters located just outside the capital city of Amman.

StagesEdit

The 2008 Jordan Rally had 21 stages centred on 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]

WinnersEdit

Edition Year Championship Driver Co-driver Car
1st 1981   Michel Saleh   Tony Samia Toyota Celica GT
2nd 1982   Michel Saleh   Tony Samia Toyota Celica GT
3rd 1983 MERC   Saeed Al-Hajiri   John Spiller Opel Manta 400
4th 1984 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Hasan Bin Shadour Toyota Celica Twin Cam Turbo
5th 1985 MERC   Saeed Al-Hajiri   John Spiller Porsche 911 SC RS
6th 1986 MERC   Saeed Al-Hajiri   John Spiller Porsche 911 SC RS
7th 1987 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   John Spiller Toyota Celica Twin Cam Turbo
8th 1988 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Toyota Celica Twin Cam Turbo
9th 1990 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
10th 1992 MERC   Abbas Al-Mosawi   Benny Smythe Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
11th 1993 MERC   Sheikh Hammad Al-Thani   Abdullah Al Mari Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
12th 1994 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Phil Mills Ford Escort RS Cosworth
13th 1995 MERC   Abdullah Bakhashab   Bobby Willis Ford Escort RS Cosworth
14th 1996 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Ford Escort RS Cosworth
15th 1997 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Ford Escort RS Cosworth
16th 1998 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Ford Escort WRC
17th 1999 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Ford Escort WRC
18th 2000 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Ronan Morgan Ford Focus RS WRC
19th 2001 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   Khalid Zakaria Ford Focus RS WRC
20th 2002 MERC   Mohammed Bin Sulayem   John Spiller Ford Focus RS WRC
21st 2003 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Steve Lancaster Subaru Impreza WRC
22nd 2004 MERC   Amjad Farrah   Khalid Zakaria Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII
23rd 2005 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRX STi
24th 2006 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRC
25th 2007 MERC   Khalid Al-Qassimi   Michael Orr Subaru Impreza WRC
26th 2008 WRC   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 07
27th 2009 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza WRX N15
28th 2010 WRC   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC
29th 2011 WRC   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Citroën DS3 WRC
30th 2012 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC
31st 2013 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC
32nd 2014 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC
33rd 2015 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Matthieu Baumel Ford Fiesta RRC
34th 2016 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Matthieu Baumel Škoda Fabia R5
35th 2017 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Matthieu Baumel Ford Fiesta R5
36th 2018 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Matthieu Baumel Ford Fiesta R5
37th 2019 MERC   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Matthieu Baumel Volkswagen Polo GTI R5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jordan Rally preview". Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  2. ^ a b "Rally Jordan service area takes shape". WRC.com. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-16.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Jordan Rally guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-01-17.[dead link]

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