Bisharat Wins National Rumman Hill Climb
By Shady Janzeir
As expected, the renowned Jordanian rally driver Hani Bisharat won Friday the pole position of Jordan's Rumman National Hill Climb. He drove Lebanese Michel Saleh's Toyota Celica GT4, which the latter had driven in this month's Jordan International Rally. Bisharat achieved a best time of two minutes, seven seconds and 0.44 of a second in his second run.
Hani gained popularity in the eighties for his outstanding performances in Jordanian and Middle East rally championships. He told journalists after the race that he intends to return to rallying, as he will participate next month's Lebanon International rally.
This year's rally featured no significant events in comparison to the past years. As also expected, 55-year old Othman Nashashibi, the oldest driver in the race, came in second with his Porsche 911 Turbo; it took him 2:13.58 to climb the three-kilometer long track.
Third came the promising young driver Khatchik Shadian in his usual wheels, the Renault 5 Turbo, only this time it was silver instead of black. He was only less than four seconds behind Nashashibi at 2:19.51.
A prominent Jordanian driver also, Amjad Farrah came fourth on a similar car, only it was equipped with a rear-mounted six-cylinder BMW engine instead of its original rear four-banger.
The fifth position was taken by Shadian's speed archrival Muhsen Jabali on a late eighties BMW M3. He was exactly nine tenths of a second behind Farrah.
The female Jordanian team which had participated in the 2000 Jordan International Rally, Nancy Majali and Nadia Shnoudeh, were in this year's race on a Ford Sierra Cosworth. They came in seventeenth and twenty-second respectively.
The International Rumman Hill Climb is expected to be held on September first -- Albawaba.com
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