Stage summaries with Subaru's Stéphane Prévot

24.04.2008: Stage summaries with Subaru's Stéphane Prévot

The Jordanian stages are new to everyone as this is the first time the event has been run in the WRC

It’s a strange surface in Rally Jordan, almost like tarmac it’s so hard but not with the grip of tarmac. It’s not going to clean very fast, and I think will be dirty like gravel for a long time. It’s so hard, I mean it’s like concrete, yet it’s still quite slippery.

SS1 / SS5 Suwayma (13.03km)

The beginning of the opening stage is really, really fast. It’s quite twisty and narrow, but really fast for the first eight kilometres. There’s one tricky jump on a right bend, then for the last five kilometres it’s much more square.

There are lots of long straights followed by 90 degree corners. Most of the straights are a few hundred kilometres, but the longest is 1.4km. It’s just flat out in sixth all the way!

SS2 / SS6 Mahes (20.00km)

Along with SS17 this is the trickiest stage of the rally because it’s fast, narrow and twisty but full of blind corners. The route is very undulating and there are lots of crests that mean, unlike somewhere like Finland, you can’t see or read the road ahead. It’s hard to find the line on the road, so you’re sort of driving blind. It’s even more important to be precise with the notes here.

SS3 / SS7 Mount Nebo (11.10km)

The third stage is a bit slower with more long corners and not as twisty. There is a hairpin left two kilometres before the end of the stage, after which the character of the stage changes and becomes faster and more undulating, and more similar to the first two stages of the day.

SS4 / SS8 Mai’n (13.46km)

Stage four shares the same character as stage three with slower and quite long corners. It’s quite like Sardinia in the way the stage feels. The area is very open and what you’d expect of a desert stage – no trees, just wide, open sandy tracks.

It was very hot on this section on the recce, and by the time we run this first the temperature will really start to be getting high as we approach midday.

SS9 / SS13 Turki (14.13km)

Even narrower than other stages, this is a really difficult opener to the second day. It’s very fast, and there is a downhill section for about three kilometres which is particularly quick and flowing.

As with stages three and four, the crests in the stage make it hard to pick out the line and read the road ahead. The downhill stage is quite dangerous as it comes to a tight corner at the bottom which is unsighted. It’s another one for trusting in the notes and being very precise.

SS10 / SS14 Erak Elamir (12.47km)

Again we go back to longer corners, and while this stage is similar to SS9 it is flatter which means we can find our line more easily. It’s a slightly less tricky stage because of this, and is more typical of what you might expect a desert stage to be – flat, dry, barren and very open.

SS11 / SS15 Shuna (15.19km)

The reverse of stage two, this is an immensely tricky stage because of the combination of speed, blind crests and narrow, twisty roads.

Even though we will have run SS2 before, it doesn’t really help us as when you drive in the opposite direction, everything changes. Visual markers change, and predicting the line over the crests is totally different.

SS12 / SS16 Baptism Site (13.13km)

This stage is the reverse of the opening Suwayma stage, and so we’ll have driven it before, but there are a few differences. The jump is even trickier as you cannot approach it wide because there are rocks in the road.

Also the flying finish is quite hard as you’re coming really, really fast into a 90 degree right bend and it’s lined with small trees so it’s difficult to see. It’s a very tricky stage.

SS17 / SS20 Kafrain (16.49km)

Unusually, day three is the longest of the rally and it’s also the hardest and most demanding. The day’s opening stage is a mixture of SS2 and SS11 so it has the same character with blind crests and fast, narrow routes. It sounds strange, but it’s very difficult to know where you are through the stage so you really, really need to rely on the pace notes.

SS18 / SS21 Wadi Shueib (9.18km)

Wadi Shueib is the shortest of the event but probably the busiest with the notes. It’s much more twisty and high in the mountains, so there are big drops to avoid. It’s quite similar to Cyprus, although not as slow, and its character is quite different as it takes out of the desert.

SS19 / SS22 Jordan River (41.45km)

The final stage is completely different to anything else we see in this rally. It’s very long, runs between trees and is quite green the whole way through. The stage is medium-fast I’d say, and we have a straight, then a corner, then a straight and so on. It’s quite flowing though.

The surface is full of stones and quite loose, and for sure it’s not an advantage there to be first on the road, although it’s the last day so if you are leading, ok it’s obviously not so bad!

When we run this stage for the second time, it’ll be at the hottest time of the day, and it’s the end of the rally so you’ll be tired anyway, so it will be a very tough one to end on.



24.04.2008 / MaP

More News

Conrad Rautenbach Shakedown review
Jordan Rally FIA World Rally Championship, round 5/15 Dead Sea, Jordan 24.04.08 Shakedown Weather: Sunny Temperature range: 22-38 Celsius Time difference: Jordan is GMT +2hours Shakedown report: The shakedown stage was located just north of the Dead Sea service park. At 2.5 kilometres, it wasn't complete more >>
Press conference photo from King Hussein ben Talal Conference Centre
2008 JORDAN RALLY, April 24th-April 27th 2008 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, round 5 Henning Solberg (N) back left, Per-Gunnar Andersson (S) back right, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), front left, and Sebastieb Loeb (F) front right, attended more >>
Clark makes maiden WRC voyage with Munchi’s in Jordan
FIA World Rally Championship Jordan Rally, 25-27 April 2008 Scotsman Barry Clark will contest his first ever FIA World Rally Championship event in a Ford Focus RS WRC this weekend on the Jordan Rally. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the 25-year-old who is set to contest three additional WRC events in the car this year as a part of his prize for winning las more >>
Citroën Sport - LE ‘JORDAN RALLY’ de A à Z
· 1er Jordan Rally (5/15) (24-27 avril) · Surface : terre · Où : Région de la Mer Morte · Infos pratiques : la monnaie locale est le Dinar jordanien (Jod) : 1 jod = 0,9 euros. La Jordanie est dans le fuseau horaire GMT +3. Le décalage horaire avec la France est d'une heure. Quand il est midi à Amman, il est 11h à Paris. · Technique : Le rallye de J more >>
Rallye sous le niveau de la mer pour les Citroën C4
1er Jordan Rally (24-27 avril 2008) La cinquième manche du monde des rallyes FIA fera escale pour la première fois en Jordanie à l’occasion de la cinquième manche de la saison 2008. Citroën y aligne deux C4 WRC pour Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena et Dani Sordo/Marc Martí et deux C4 more >>
Event gets underway this evening - photos
Varied photos of the leading WRC drivers enjoying a traditional Jordanian hospitality evening, prior to the start of the 2008 Jordan Rally at the King Hussein Ben Talal Convention Centre at the Dead Sea. The event gets underway this evening  at 6pm. Leading drivers more >>
Defending World Champion Loeb heads top class entry into history-making Jordan Rally
2008 JORDAN RALLY, April 24th-April 27th 2008 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, round 5 - Top manufacturers face fierce Dead Sea showdown- Jordan's Farrah leads regional drivers; Ogier tops JWRC  The 2008 Jordan Rally gets underway with a ceremonial start at the Dead Sea on Thursday afternoon and marks the start of the first more >>
Final countdown begins to Jordan's place in FIA Motorsport History
• World’s top rallying stars arrive at the Dead Sea for the 2008 Jordan     Rally • UAE, Qatari, Kuwaiti, Lebanese and Saudi drivers support Jordan’s    WRC debut  2008 JORDAN RALLY, April 24th-April 27th 2008 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, round 5 The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will create hist more >>
First photos from Service Park
Jordan Rally service park, near the Dead Sea, as international teams begin to arrive for the start of the 2008 Jordan Rally on Thursday. The event is the fifth round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship and m more >>
CONRAD RAUTENBACH Welcome to: Jordan Rally
Rally Jordan FIA World Rally Championship, round 5/15 Amman, Jordan  The World Rally Championship arrives in the Middle East for the first time next week, when the Jordan Rally gets underway. This inaugural Jordan Rally will certainly bring a fresh edge of culture and history to the series, running through some of the most important religious sites on t more >>
Stobart jaunt to Jordan for demanding desert challenge
FIA World Rally Championship Jordan Rally, 25-27 April 2008 A new event awaits the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team as the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers heads to an Arab country for the first time ever next weekend. The Jorda more >>
Companc hits 30 in Jordan’s Middle Eastern challenge
FIA World Rally Championship Jordan Rally, 25-27 April 2008 Luis Pérez Companc, partnered by regular co-driver José María Volta, will mark 30 event starts next weekend as the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship heads to the Middle Ea more >>
Gilles Schammel:  Nouveau rallye, nouvelle ambition !
Pour la première fois de son histoire, le championnat du monde des rallyes (WRC) visitera le Moyen Orient à l’occasion du Jordan Rally du 25 au 27 Avril prochain. Cette nouvelle manche du calendrier sera aussi le 1er rendez-vous de la campagne « JWRC » de Gilles Schammel. Après une mise en jambes en Mars dernier à l’East Belgian Rally, Gilles retrouve le championnat du mo more >>
Team BP FORD ABU DHABI will in den Tiefen Jordaniens ganz nach oben
• Mikko Hirvonen und Jari-Matti Latvala freuen sich auf Jordanien-Debüt • Werksteam zuversichtlich nach viertägigen Testfahrten in Nordspanien Von einem Extrem ins andere: Nach den beiden zurückliegenden Sa more >>
Florian Niegel gibt Junior-WM-Einstand in Jordanien
Teamchef Niki Schelle führt Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany auf internationale Rallye-Bühne „Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany": Das Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany (v.l.n.r.): Teamchef Niki Schelle, Copilot André Kachel und Suzuki-J more >>
Sulayem takes trip down memory lane in Jordan
Arab rallying legend returns to scene of first international win for Kingdom’s World Championship debut Flashback – Mohammed Ben Sulayem on his way to victory in the 2001 Jordan International Rally As Jordan prepares to become the first Arab more >>
Unique initiative sees two Dutch Rally talents in JWRC
Hans Weijs Jr. and Kevin Abbring, two young rally drivers from the Netherlands, will participate in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) 2008. It is for the very first time that Dutch crews take part in this global competition. Both youngsters a more >>
Stobart Motorsport – Trucking all over the world
Everyone knows the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team drivers face a tough challenge during the year; with 15 events across the globe that make up the FIA World Rally Championship. But when the drivers arrive at each event, their Ford Focus WRC cars are ready, polished and waiting for battle. That’ more >>

more >>
Jordan Rally - List of Manufacturer entries
2008 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (24 – 27 APRIL 2008) 1 more >>


2001-2023 full copyright