(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Shaikh khalid to leash his citroen ds3 rrc with co-driver chris
shaikh khalid al qasimi looks forward to reap the highest points possible at jordan rally. — supplied photo
the 2014 season of middle east rally championship is halfway through and now sees contenders en route to jordan after qatar and kuwait rallies.lead by shaikh khalid al qasimi and co-driver chris patterson the citroen total abu dhabi rally team make way to participate in the third round of middle east rally championship on board the citroen ds3 rrc from may 1 to 3.abu dhabi racing-citroen middle east trophy team is also getting prepared to take on a new evolution curve through their participation in this year’s rally with mohamed al motawaa mohammed al sahlawi saeed bintouq juma al falasi and mansoor belhelei racing their 2wd citroen ds3 r3 in the battle to claim title of “abu dhabi racing-citroen middle east trophy” for rookie drivers.middle east emirati champion shaikh khalid is getting set to hustle at jordan rally this weekend where he takes leash of his citroen ds3 rrc (regional rally car) with co-driver chris patterson by his side. this year jordan rally will also witness the participation of five “abu dhabi racing-citroen middle east trophy” rookie drivers in the 2wd category on board citroen ds3 r3 namely: saeed bintouq juma al falasi and mansoor belhelei who face the rally jordan challenge for the first time while mohammed al sahlawi and mohamed al motawaa took the challenge and availed winners with mohamed al motawaa last year.
regarding preparations of shaikh khalid who currently ranks second in the temporary overall standings of middle east rally championship he noted that: “rally jordan enjoys a unique persona with an international zest and tenacious participants; i look forward to compete with the intention to reap as many points as possible and vie to battle for the top three ranks as usual.”al qasimi added: “many factors have to be taken into account at jordan rally specifically the high temperature which could negatively impact the tyres performance and although jordan rally consists of 20 relatively short stages it comes packed with challenges. we will perform enough tests prior to the rally and adjust the cars settings to best commensurate with the rally’s terrain which sees a mix of gravel and slippery surfaces”. world rally jordan consists of 20 special stages (10 stages daily). first day stages (friday 2nd may) stretch over 123.10km while second day stages (saturday 3rd may) make an overall length of 148.34km. jordan rally commences with a super special stage held at al abdali area in the capital amman on thursday may 1 stretching 1.01km.