Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) 2009 season opener Qatar Rally ended up on last Saturday. Existing Champion Nasser Al Attiyah has won the rally on his home soil. He led the whole rally at his Evo’s wheel, starting from the first stage and was very easy to make it to the podium for Qatari driver. His rival Khalid Al Qassimi finsihed second while Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi finished third.
Kuwaiti driver Meshal Al Nejadi finished the rally 10th overall. He struggled with flat tyres twice and drop down on the list but he fought back and climbed up to his row. His new Evo 9 which is prepared by TOKSPORT worked well and he got used to drive faster stage by stage.
Crews had to challenge 262,50 km long 14 special stages for two days. NBK Qatar Rally has opened the MERC season and the next round of the series will be at Kuwait on 5-7 March 2009