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Middle East Rally Championship

Held since 1984, the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) opens up an exceptional playground for rally drivers and teams on a varied terrain featuring sand deserts and overheated tarmac.

Nasser Al-Attiyah has competed in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship since 2003 and equalled Mohammed bin Sulayem’s record of fourteen title wins in 2018, when he placed his Ford Fiesta R5 on the top spot of the leaderboard.

In 2019 he grabbed a record-extending sixth victory, sealing his 15th title win in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. The Qatari and his faithful co-driver from France, Mathieu Baumel, have shown indisputable domination, having won each of the four rounds of the championship to build a strong lead of 90 points over their closest rivals Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari from Qatar & his British co-driver Marshall Clarke.

The following MERC titles are awarded:

  • FIA Middle East Rally Championship for Drivers and Co-Drivers
  • FIA MERC 2 for Drivers and Co-Drivers
  • FIA MERC 3 for Drivers and Co-Drivers
  • FIA MERC Junior Championship for Drivers under 26

For detailed information, please refer to the Sporting Regulations for the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, which can be found here.

 

Sport competitions

06
Feb
08
Feb
Rally Oman
i
OM
OMN
Oman
09
Apr
11
Apr
Manateq Qatar International Rally
cancelled
QA
QAT
04
Sep
06
Sep
Rally of Lebanon
LB
LBN
24
Sep
26
Sep
Jordan Rally
cancelled
JO
JOR
16
Oct
18
Oct
Cyprus Rally
CY
CYP