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Saudi’s Al Mouri, Al Refaei win Kuwait Nat’l Rally 2013 round 2 Kuwait’s Bin Eidan, Qatari co-driver settle for 2nd place

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 22: Saudi Arabia’s Saeed Al Mouri along with co-driver Omar Al-Refaei won round two of the Kuwait National Rally 2013 Saturday afternoon after a strong performance clocking just over an hour and one minute (1h: 01m: 37.7s), more than a minute clear of his closest rival Salah Bin Eidan, Kuwait’s Motorsport Ambassador and his Qatari co-driver, finished with 1h: 02m: 54.5s to settle for second place. Al Mouri, driving a Motor-tune Ford Fiesta RRC, took command of the rally winning special stages1, 3 and 5, and never looked back as he won three out of the event’s five stages, with Bin Eidan driving a Skoda Fabia, going quickest on SS2 only and third-place finisher Qatar’s Abdullah Al Kuwari (Ford Fiesta RRC) winning the fourth and penultimate stage.

Meshari Al Thefiri of Kuwait won the Group N class by finishing fourth overall with over a five-and-a-half-minute gap to the leader. Saeed Al-Mouri who celebrates his 29th birthday next week, December 29, is also the only driver in the field to wheel out a Mini Countryman RRC, a car that was originally developed for the German manufacturer by the British car preparation company, Prodrive.  The Saudi national teams up with the experienced co-driver Amr Al-Refai, who began his career as part of Abdullah Bakhashab’s young Toyota Rav-4 rookie team that tackled rounds of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) through the Toyota Team Saudi Arabia banner in the late 1990s.

In the four-wheel drive, Qatari driver Mohammad Al-Hargan and his UAE co-driver Mohammad Aref came in first place. Rally organizing committee Chairman at the Kuwait Quarter Mile Automobile & Motorcycle Club, Sheikh Athbi Naif Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah expressed his satisfaction at the level of participation and the flawless organization of the event, stating that the first two of the five-round national rally have been sprung off impeccably, also noting that the 19 drivers and co-drivers from across the GCC and beyond w participating in the event, was testament to the event’s continuing success.

 The chairman pointed out that the opportunity still exists for contestants participating in the tournament to prove their abilities until the end, as the remainder of the three rounds could be used as an opportunity for contestants to make up for lost grounds.  Sheikh Athbi congratulated all participants for having completed an accident-free, injury-free second round rally, noting that their commitment to following the rules and regulations of the tournament made the second round a characteristic example reflecting the wonderful picture of the identity of past hero participants in the competition.

Sheikh Athbi lavished praise on tournament organizer Mishari AlSabti, who marshaled resources to ensure all the needed logistics were in place as a means of comfort to contestants to facilitate their participation. Many thanks for the facilitation of the event also went out to the Minister of Youth and Sports Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah and Chairman of Kuwait Quarter Mile Automobile & Motorcycle Club Sheikh Ali Fawaz Al-Sabah along with other club officials for their hard work to ensure the event came off flawlessly. Officials of the health, interior and fire departments were also cited for appreciation by the Chairman in his concluding remarks.

By Iddris Seidu
Arab Times Staff

By: Iddris Seidu

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