By Amjad Baker
Middle East rally veteran Mohammad Ben Sulayem had to wait for two and half hours to be crowned officially as champion, for the 11th time, of Jordan International Rally, at the ceromony that took place Friday evening after the two-day event concluded. The delay was due to an investigation conducted by an international auto body of complaints filed by his rivals accusing the winner of breaching the rules.
"The International Auto Federation had to investigate those complaints filed against Ben Sulayem, charging he repaired his car out of the permitted zones, and that there were incidence reports [going for short cuts]," the rally's Chief Media Officer, Bader Rashid, told Albawaba.com.
But the FIA ruled that the allegations were baseless, said Bader, adding the champion's long-time rival Michel Saleh, who closed second and Omani Nizar Shanfari who came third were the ones who filed the charges.
Saleh and Shanfari were not available for comment.
According to rules, marshals and competitors are entitled to complain any violation by a runner-up, but the final word remains the FIA's, the media officer concluded - Albawaba.com.
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