FIA OBSERVERS REPORT BOOST FOR JORDAN RALLY"We are on the right track to FIA WRC": HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein

17.05.2005: FIA OBSERVERS REPORT BOOST FOR JORDAN RALLY"We are on the right track to FIA WRC": HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein

Amman, Jordan: Jordan's ambitious drive to becoming a future round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) received a huge boost last night with the publication of the official FIA Observer's Report on the 2005 Jordan Rally.

While identifying areas to be developed, the Report demonstrated that the 2005 event was a big improvement on the previous year and has underlined its reputation as the leading round on the FIA Middle East Rally Championship.

"A lot of hard work went in to organizing the 2005 Jordan Rally and the Report shows that we are on the right track towards achieving our goal of becoming a future round of the FIA WRC," said HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein.

"However, it is important that we continue to look at those areas where we need to develop to ensure that by 2006, our FIA Middle East Championship round is up to the high standards expected of the FIA if we are to be considered as a candidate for WRC."

Jordan welcomed two FIA observers for the first time instead of the usual one following the announcement earlier this year of its FIA WRC initiative, and their findings have given the organizers plenty of confidence going into the tough 12 months ahead.

The observers looked at 205 aspects of the rally and graded them between one to five. 'One' being exceptional and 'five' being unacceptable.

Jordan even received a 'one' for its government relations, a score that is virtually unheard of in the FIA Middle East Championship. It also received 25 in the 'two' category, 20 more than last year, and 147 in the 'three' category. The observers identified 31 areas in the 'four' category that need to be improved and brought up to standard. There were no 'fives' recorded.

"We can take a lot of encouragement from this report," said Tarek Tabba'a, General Manager of Jordan Motorsport which organizes and manages the Jordan Rally. "It was a team effort that we should all be proud of. While we can take credit from the areas we excelled in, we must pull together over the coming months to address those aspects of the rally which need improving. The work for 2006 has already begun and will continue unabated."

The Jordan Rally, held from May 5-7, attracted 35 starters from 13 countries. It also welcomed 207 accredited media from 26 countries including 15 television crews. A record for the regional championship.

The event was supported by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Greater Amman Municipality, Higher Council for Youth, Royal Jordanian and Jordan Tourism Board while Fast Link (Official Network Provider) Power Horse (Official Energy Drink), Chery International (Official Car), Marriott (Official Hotel), were sponsors.

- Neil Perkins -

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17.05.2005 / MaP

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