Middle East Rally Championship

The Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) is a motor rally championship run under the auspicies of the FIA. First held in 1984 the championship encompasses a series of rallies held across Western Asia. The championship has featured long-running events like Rally of Lebanon, Rally Oman and the Troodos Rally in Cyprus as well as World Rally Championship event Jordan Rally. Many of the rallies in the region pre-date national independence, mostly from the United Kingdom.

Middle East Rally Championship
CategoryGroup N
R5
CountryMiddle East
Inaugural season1984
Drivers' championQatar Nasser Al-Attiyah
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The championship has been dominated by remarkably few competitors. Both Mohammed bin Sulayem and reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah has won 14 titles. Between them they have won over 60% of events in the history of the championship.

The championship features events in Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The championship has also visited Bahrain, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

List of eventsEdit

SeasonsEdit

2019 seasonEdit

2018 seasonEdit

2017 seasonEdit

2016 seasonEdit

2015 seasonEdit

2014 seasonEdit

2013 seasonEdit

2012 seasonEdit

The 2012 events and winners:

Event Date Winner
Qatar 27 – 28 Jan 2012 Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari
Kuwait 22 – 24 Mar 2012 Khalid Mohammad Al-Suwaidi
Lebanon 7 – 9 Sep 2012 Roger Feghali
Syria 27 – 29 Sep 2012 Cancelled
Jordan 11 – 13 Oct 2012 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Cyprus 2 – 4 Nov 2012 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Dubai 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2012 Nasser Al-Attiyah

2011 seasonEdit

The 2011 events and winners:

Event Date Winner
Qatar 3 – 5 Feb 2011 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Kuwait 10 – 12 Mar 2011 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Jordan 14 – 16 Apr 2011 Rashed El-Ketbi
Cyprus 1 – 3 July 2011 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Lebanon 16 – 18 Sep 2011 Roger Feghali
Syria 6 – 8 Oct 2011 Cancelled
Dubai 1 – 3 Dec 2011 Nasser Al-Attiyah

2010 seasonEdit

The 2010 events and winners:

Event Date Winner
Qatar 21 Jan – 23 Jan 2010 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Kuwait 5 Mar – 8 Mar 2010 Khalid Al Qassimi
Jordan 1 Apr – 3 Apr 2010 Yazeed Al-Rajhi
KSA 20 Apr – 22 Apr 2010 Yazeed Al-Rajhi
Lebanon 17 Sep – 19 Sep 2010 Roger Feghali
Syria 7 Oct – 9 Oct 2010 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Cyprus 5 Nov – 7 Nov 2010 Nasser Al-Attiyah
Dubai 2 Dec – 4 Dec 2010 Nasser Al-Attiyah

ChampionsEdit

Year Driver Car
1984   Saeed Al-Hajri Porsche 911 SC RS
1985   Saeed Al-Hajri (2) Porsche 911 SC RS
1986   Mohammed bin Sulayem Toyota Celica CTC
1987   Mohammed bin Sulayem Toyota Celica CTC
1988   Mohammed bin Sulayem Toyota Celica CTC
1989   Mohammed bin Sulayem Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1990   Mohammed bin Sulayem Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1991   Mohammed bin Sulayem Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1992   Mamdouh Khayat Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1993   Hamed Al-Thani Mitsubishi Galant VR4
1994   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1995   Abdullah Bakhashab Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1996   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1997   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1998   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Escort WRC
1999   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Focus RS WRC
2000   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Focus RS WRC
2001   Mohammed bin Sulayem Ford Focus RS WRC
2002   Mohammed bin Sulayem (14) Ford Focus RS WRC
Subaru Impreza WRC
2003   Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRC
2004   Khalid Al Qassimi Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2005   Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2006   Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2007   Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2008   Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2009   Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2010   Misfer Al Marri Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta S2000
2012   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC
Peugeot 207 S2000
2013   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC
2014   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC
2015   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC
2016   Nasser Al-Attiyah Škoda Fabia R5
2017   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta R5
2018   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta R5
2019   Nasser Al-Attiyah (15) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5

Rally winnersEdit

206 Rallies (after Cyprus 2019), 38 different winners, following are the winners stats:

Driver Wins
  Nasser Al-Attiyah 73
  Mohammed bin Sulayem 60
  Roger Feghali 14
  Saeed Al-Hajri 11
  Khalid Al Qassimi 8
  Andreas Tsouloftas 4
  Abdullah Bakhashab 3
  Björn Waldegård
  Jean-Pierre Nasrallah
  Yazeed Al-Rajhi
  Suhail bin Maktoum 2
  Khalifa Al-Mutaiwi
  Michel Saleh
  Abdulaziz Al Kuwari
  Charalambous Thimotheou 1
  Amjad Farrah
  Andreas Peratikos
  Chris Thomas
  Samir Ghanem
  Abdullah Al-Qassimi
  Abbas Al-Motaiwi
  Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah
  Hamed Bin Eid Al-Thani
  Maurice Sehnaoui
  Tony Georgiou
  Alex Fiorio
  Piero Liatti
  Russell Brookes
  Alain Oreille
  Nizar Shanfari
  Nicos Thomas
  Rashed El-Ketbi
  Khalid Al Suwaidi
  Nicolas Amiouni
  Tamer Ghandour
  Rodolphe Asmar
  Rashid El-Naimi
  Vojtěch Štajf

Wins per nationalityEdit

As after Cyprus 2019

Driver Wins
  Qatar 91
  United Arab Emirates 74
  Lebanon 25
  Cyprus 8
  Saudi Arabia 6
  Sweden 3
  Italy 2
  Oman 1
  Jordan
  France
  United Kingdom
  Czech Republic

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