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MERC Qatar International Rally set to kick-start new season of Middle East rallying


2014 QMMF Qatar International Rally
FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round 1

For immediate release
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

QMMF QATAR INTERNATIONAL RALLY SWITCHES TO FEBRUARY
AND KICK-STARTS NEW RALLYING SEASON IN MIDDLE EAST

· Rally runs in tandem with FIA Women in Motorsport Commission
· QMMF announces team incentives for 2014 season opener

DOHA (Qatar): The QMMF Qatar International Rally has moved to the new date of February 20-22, 2014, and will get a new season of FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) competition underway across the Qatar deserts.

Organised by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) under the presidency of Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah – the new FIA vice-president for sport in the Middle East – the event has been the traditional season opener for many years and will be followed by further regional events in Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus and Dubai.

The 2014 rally will also be held in conjunction with the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.

“I am delighted to announce that the rally will be held in tandem with the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission,” enthused Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah. “They will hold their seminar in Doha during the rally in the presence of Michele Mouton and Frederique Trouve.

“We have always had a lot of interest in rallying from ladies in the Middle East region and the rally is an ideal backdrop to showcase motor sport to women. For many years women have supported and competed in the Qatar International Rally.”

Officials at the QMMF are still finalising the exact timetable for the event, but the ceremonial start will take place on Thursday, February 20th, with two days of demanding loose surface special stages taking place on February 21st and 22nd.

The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission meeting on Wednesday, February 19th and a conference with the MERC’s women’s representative on Thursday morning will precede the rally.

Delegates will then join competitors taking part in the QMMF Qatar International Rally for a joint press conference at 2pm on Thursday afternoon (February 20).

The QMMF is offering a generous assistance package to international entrants. Teams will be offered five nights’ free accommodation for driver and co-driver (room and breakfast only) at the Century Hotel in Doha.

The Qatar International Rally is one of the most demanding gravel surface events in the world and always attracts a strong entry from across the GCC and the Levant. Local hero Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah won the event for the 10th time in 11 years last January at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RRC on his way to a ninth regional title in 11 seasons.

For further information about the 2014 QMMF Qatar International Rally, contact Marie-Lou Cruz, Qatar Motor and Motor Cycle Federation (QMMF), PO Box 8708, Doha, Qatar, Tel: + 974 437 9884/9885, Fax: + 974 437 9761, E-mail: marielou.cruz@qmmf.com.qa and website: www.qmmf.com
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Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, International Press Officer, 2014 Qatar International Rally, UK Mobile: + 44 7831 123153, E-mail: ndppublicity@googlemail.com, www.ndp-publicity.com (press releases)

www.qmmf.com
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Date issued: 17/12/2013

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