Rawahi leads Oman’s six-car entry list in Qatar international rally

November 11, 2018

A file photo of Abdullah al Rawahi in action during a MERC rally

Abdullah al Rawahi leads an impressive six-car entry list from Oman at the forthcoming Manateq International Rally of Qatar, the final round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), from November 15-17.

Organised by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) a total of 19 teams are expected to vie for the top honours.

Rawahi has been a regular in the regional series this year, but the Top Team Oman Subaru Impreza driver will be joined in Qatar by five other crews from the sultanate. Three Mitsubishi Lancers are listed for Humaid al Waili, Jarah al Tauqi and Saif Abdullah al Harthy and a further two Subaru Imprezas for Zakariya al Shanfari and Oman-based Shaun McGonigal.

While the likes of 14-time regional champion Nasser al Attiyah of Qatar and his season-long Czech rival Vojtĕch Štajf will clash again in the overall rankings with their respective Ford Fiesta and Škoda Fabia R5s, competition in the MERC 2 or showroom category will be intense.

Further Qatari entries come from Khaled al Suwaidi (the former winner of the Kuwait International Rally), a returning Abdullah al Kuwari and the likes of 1993 regional champion Sheikh Hamed al Thani, Mohammed al Meer and Rashid al Mohannadi.

MERC 2 champion Meshari al Thefiri and Essam al Nejadi represent Kuwait. Khaled Juma, Ihab Al-Shorafa and Ahmed Shaban are entered under the flag of Jordan and the new MERC 3 champion Henry Kahy represents Lebanon with his Jordanian navigator Musa Djiyerian.

The event will start and finish at Souq Waqif in downtown Doha with the ceremonial start planned on Thursday (November 15).