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Countdown begins for Kuwait Rally champs round-3 Al-Sabti promises action-packed event

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 25:  The countdown has begun for round-3 of the Kuwait National Rally Championship 2013 slated for Saturday, Dec 29 with a flurry of activities leading up to the event announced by the rally committee of the Kuwait Quarter Mile Automobile and Motorcycle Club. The 6-stage rally which is the third of a six-round national championship event will see the participation of sixteen cars with drivers and co-drivers coming from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Qatar. Speaking to the Arab Times, a member of the rally organizing committee and Clerk of Course (COC) of the rally, Mishari Al-Sabti said after two successful rounds, motorsport enthusiasts should expect to witness a more adrenalin-packed round-3 rally in the sands of the Julai’a circuit in the south of Kuwait. Al-Sabti laid out the entire program of all the events leading up to the rally including the rally itself slated for Dec 29.

He entreated all motorsport enthusiasts to attend the event in their numbers since there would be no fee charged. According to the program, publication of the approved final list of rally participants was done at 9pm local time, Thursday December 20th along with the opening of the media accreditation center at 10pm same day. Registration for time cards, fitting of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units, issuing of road books as well as administrative checks and final documentation will be done Wednesday December 26th from 7pm to 9pm at the Rally Headquarters. The rally organizing team takes to the rally circuit the following day, Thursday December 27th for reconnaissance to make doubly sure nothing gets in the way of the event.

All participating cars, drivers and co-drivers assemble at the car wash center adjacent Sultan Center-Alrai on the fourth ring road Friday, Dec 28, 9 am-11.30 am for scrutineering of the vehicles which involve thorough technical checks by mechanical experts on all participating vehicles in the rally on the pit.
On the same day at the venue, safety briefing is delivered by Nikolai Reisch, the FIA official in charge of timing and safety, to all participants and accredited media personnel covering the event as well as media badge distribution that shuts the door to all further media application submissions.
In line with FIA Formula One regulations, a final 30-minute parc-ferme will be performed 8-8.30am on the rally circuit prior to the official kickoff at 9.30am to ensure the area is sufficiently large and secure so as to prevent unauthorized access to the cars, while allowing technical checks to take place. Essentially, cars in this area must not be touched by anyone without express permission of the FIA stewards.
Provisional results for the rally which is organized under the patronage of the Governor of Ahmadi Sheikh Dr Ibrahim AlDuaij Al-Sabah will be announced at 3.30pm the same day followed by final results and awards ceremony for winners on the podium in Julai’a.

The rally is being organized by the Kuwait Quarter Mile Automobile and Motorcycle club under the chairmanship of Sheikh Athbi Naif Al-Sabah who also steers the rally planning committee.
Despite being beaten to second place by Saudi Arabia’s Saeed Almouri in the second round, Kuwait’s Mishal AlNejadi still tops the ranks overall with 33 points followed by AlMouri in second place with 25 points. But with the likes of Mishari AlThafeeri, Saleh Bin Eidan, Mufeed Mubarak, Ibrahim Al Muhanna and Alaa AlRashid still on the cards, nothing can be assured until the last car crosses the finish line on the circuit since most of these people are experienced in the business of racing. Kuwaiti Drag-Race champion Ahmed Al-Zuabi head-butting into the frame for the first time, could also be a sign of surprises to be expected in the results.


By: Iddris Seidu

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