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Strong Omani participation in Qatar international rally
March 13, 2019 | 11:19 PM
Eight rally drivers will represent Oman in Qatar International Rally today. — Supplied picture
 
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Qatar: Eight rally drivers will represent Oman in Qatar International Rally (Munawala) as the first round of Middle East Rally championship, which will be hosted in different places in Qatar for next 3 day starting on Thursday.

The rally, which consists of 10 stages including super special stage in Al Wakrah will be for total distance of 810 km around Qatar and most of famous names in the region will attend the rally including the champion Nasser Al-Attyah and other Qatari drivers like AbdulAziz Al-kuwari.

Oman will be represented by eight drivers, most of them in category “N”, Hamid Al-Qasimi with his co-diver Yaqdhan Alrashidi will participate in this rally on EVO 8 who has long experience in local rallies, but this will be his first attempt in Qatar.

Meanwhile the leader of Oman rally championship Zakaria Al-Aufi with Navigator Ammar Albalushi on EVO 9 will do his best to end the rally in one of the top positions.



On other side, Abdullah Al-Rawahi with experienced Jordanian navigator Atta Hamoud on Subaru N14 will definitely do his best to be in front row at the end of the rally, as he has good mechanical

support team.



The young driver, who showed an improvement in his skills during current local rallies and his last participation in rally of Jordan, will try to improve his experience also. Humaid Alwaili with co-driver Ghaith AlQasimi who is participating for the second time in Qatar after last, is looking for better performance this year to finish the with positive result on his EV7, Saif AlHarthi who accompanied by Navigator Saif Alhinai on Evo 10 and after winning last year’s local Qatar Rally is putting his eyes on podium finish this years and relish to start

on Thursday.

Young driver Jarrah AlToqi and his assistant Issa Alwardi will work hard to put himself at front place at the end of the rally on Saturday despite his retirement last year from Qatar rally, this will depend on the quality of the car and the driver performance.

Zakaria AlAmri and co-driver Abdullah AlAmri on Subaru N12 who just retired from Ras Al-Khaimah rally in UAE this month due to technical problem in the car is looking forward to another fresh experience in Qatar and this will add more to his current total experience specially his participation in UAE rally championship this season.

An English driver from Oman will be a part of this rally where driver Shaun and his navigator Neth on Subaru 12 will join this rally for first time.

The rally starts on Thursday with 2-kilometer special stage in Alwakra and on Friday another two stages in Algharbah and Alruwais will be attended by the drivers which will be repeated two times, followed by three stages on Saturday.

First stage is in Ouridah, where it will be repeated for two times, followed by another stage in Aldhukhairah and the rally will end in Alkhor where the last stage will be conducted.

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