Rawahi finishes second in Jordan National Rally

Abdullah al Rawahi and his co-driver Ata al Hmoud compete during the Jordan National Rally recently

It has been a good week for Oman motorsports. Be it the success at the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East or the achievements at an international rally, the success of young Omani drivers augur well for the future of motorsports in the sultanate.

If Al Faisal al Zubair won the overall title in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, another young driver, Abdullah al Rawahi, was not far behind.

Rawahi, who took up rallying as a serious sport only a couple of years ago after a rewarding go-karting career, has taken to the sport just like a fish to water.

And the latest success at the challenging Jordan National Rally underscores Rawahi’s potential as he not only finished overall runner-up but also won the Group N title.

Competing with his Jordanian navigator Ata al Hmoud on Subaru Impreza N14, Rawahi finished behind veteran rally campaigner Marouf Abu Samra  and his co-driver Malek Hariri of Jordan in their Ford Fiesta R5.

Reigning champion Khaled Juma in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, came third overall with Ihab al Shurafa and Salameh al Gammaz taking fourth and fifth respectively.

Rawahi and Abu Samra were involved in a close fight across the stages and at the end of eighth and final timed stage, a mere 28-second separated the two drivers.

Rawahi used the event to familiarise himself with the stages through the Jordan Valley with the Jordan Rally, round two of the Middle East Rally Championship, less than a month away.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Rawahi said, “I am happy as I had good speed throughout. To finish second overall and first in Group N amid such high competition and challenging stages, I feel it is a good preparation for my participation for Jordan’s Middle East Rally Championship.”

“It was a different experience and I am glad that I could learn a lot during this rally along with my co-driver, Ata [al Hmoud], who is from Jordan.”

A quality entry field of 12 cars entered the fray and included Kuwait’s Mishari al Thafiri and one of the elder statesmen of the Middle East scene, Nasser Khalifa al Attiyah of Qatar.

Attiyah marked his return to competitive action in Jordan with a credible finish in sixth. The next round of the championship will be held as part of the Jordan Rally weekend from April 25-27.

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