MERC KMRC announces second round of FIA Middle East rally series in Kuwait

2014 KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL RALLY, March 20-22, 2014
FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round two

For immediate release
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


· Three-day event set to take place on March 20-22 from Julai’a
· Kuwait’s new Sirbb race circuit to host ceremonial start and stage

KUWAIT CITY (Kuwait): The Kuwait Quarter Mile Auto & Motorcycle Club (KMRC) is putting the finishing touches to the format of the Kuwait International Rally, round two of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), which will take place on March 20-22.

Run in co-operation with the Kuwait International Automobile Club (KIAC), the now traditional second round of the regional series returned to the championship calendar in 2009 after running as a candidate rally the previous year. It was an integral part of the MERC before the first Gulf War in the late 1980s and, thereafter, only ran twice between 1989 and 2007.

Held across traditionally smoother desert surfaces than the opening round in Qatar last weekend, the Kuwait International has seen four different drivers earn outright success in the past six years.

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi won the candidate event in 2008 and Qatari Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah secured the first of his three wins the following year. Emirati Khalid Al-Qassimi was victorious in 2010 with Ulster co-driver Michael Orr and Qatar’s Khalid Al-Suwaidi won his only ever MERC event in 2012 with British co-driver Nick Beech. Al-Attiyah was on the top of the podium in 2011 and 2013.

Held under the chairmanship of Sheikh Athbi Nayef Jaber Al-Sabah, this year’s rally will feature 13 special stages in a three-day format. The rally headquarters will be based at the Seashell Julai’a Hotel and Resort, south of Kuwait City, and the pre-event press conference and ceremonial start will take place at the nearby Sirbb circuit.

Rally director and clerk of the course Meshari Al-Sabti said: “Everything has come together nicely and we have a new super special stage for Thursday evening at the new Sirbb race circuit and then two legs of gravel special stages on Friday and Saturday.”

The closing date for entries is Saturday, March 6th. Reconnaissance of the special stages will be permitted on Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th and scrutineering will take place on Thursday, March 19th.

For further information contact the Kuwait Quarter Mile Auto & Motorcycle Club (KMRC), South Surra, Zahra Area, P.O. Box 33134, Al-Rawda, Kuwait, Tel/Fax: + 965 25395468, E-mail: rally@kmrc.com.kw.


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English: Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, international media officer, 2014 Kuwait International Rally, Mobile: + 44 7831 123153, E-mail: ndppublicity@googlemail.com,
www.ndp-publicity.com (press releases).

Arabic: Firas Nimri, Arabic media officer, Mobile: + 962 777 282000, E-mail: nimrifiras@yahoo.com.



Date issued: 26/02/2014

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