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SEASON 2023

Middle East Rally Championship

Middle East Rally Championship

The FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) has been challenging drivers and their teams since its inception in 1984 with events across the region on varied terrain.

As well as traditional desert-based rallies, the MERC includes rounds on gravel and asphalt with high ambient and ground temperatures a constant hurdle to overcome.

The 2023 MERC schedule is made up of six events, which are open to Rally2, Rally3, Rally4 and Rally5 cars, plus Group N4 and R4 cars. T4 Cross-Country cars are also permitted to take part on a non-points-scoring basis and in a separate T4 class.

With 18 titles to his name ahead of the 2023 season, Nasser Al-Attiyah is the most decorated MERC driver in history. FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem was previously the most successful MERC driver with 14 championships won.

Titles up for grabs

*FIA Middle East Rally Championship for Drivers

*FIA Middle East Rally Championship for Co-Drivers

*FIA MERC2 Championship for Drivers

*FIA MERC2 Championship for Co-Drivers

*FIA MERC3 Championship for Drivers

*FIA MERC3 Championship for Co-Drivers

*FIA MERC4 Championship for Drivers

*FIA MERC4 Championship for Co-Drivers

*FIA Junior MERC Championship for Drivers

What’s new for 2023?

*FIA MERC4 Junior is renamed FIA Junior MERC to bring consistency with the FIA World Rally Championship’s young driver category, the FIA Junior WRC Championship. It’s for drivers under 26 on January 1, 2023, entered in any Rally4 or Rally 5 car

*Cyprus Rally returns to the roster after missing out in 2022

More information:

Click HERE for the Sporting Regulations and click HERE for the official MERC Facebook page

Sport competitions

26
Jan
28
Jan
Oman International Rally
OM
OMN
16
Feb
18
Feb
Qatar International Rally
QA
QAT
16
Mar
18
Mar
Kuwait International Rally
KW
KWT
18
May
20
May
Jordan Rally
JO
JOR
01
Sep
03
Sep
45th Rally of Lebanon
LB
LBN
22
Sep
24
Sep
Cyprus Rally
CY
CYP