(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Jordan Rally will kick-start the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) for the first time on April 26-28. Organised by the Jordan Motorsport, the event has switched from its traditional date at the start of May and will now run a week earlier over 15 special stages through the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley areas.
With the Qatar International Rally switching to a new date in November, the spotlight will firmly be on the Hashemite Kingdom to see who will be hoping to topple multiple champion Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah at the top of the championship standings in 2018. Qatar's al-Attiyah has won the last six Jordan rallies and taken 11 wins in total on his way to 13 MERC titles.
Jordan Motorsport has laid on 234.20 competitive kilometres in a compact route of 504.27km. The event gets underway with a timed super special stage of two kilometres on the shores of the Dead Sea from 16.24hrs on Thursday, April 26th.
Friday, April 27th features two runs through the Mahes (20km), Palms (36km) and Baptism Site (8.55km) special stages and the action concludes on Saturday, April 28th with two runs through the Suwayma, Rawda, Amar and Ma'in specials.
This year's Jordan Rally is running with the support of Kroon Oil, VESTEL, Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Spa, the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre managed by Hilton, Guarantee travel group, Hala and Bliss FM.