WRC teams concerned about Jordan

Thu, 31 Mar 11:54:00 2011

FIA officials are considering cancelling the running of Rally Jordan next month amidst civil unrest in the region, according to reports.

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Anti-government protests in the Arab nation and those in neighbouring Syria are causing concern as all the World Rally Championship teams' equipment and personnel must travel through Syria to arrive at rally headquarters.

The FIA held a meeting with teams at Rally Portugal on Friday to discuss the situation.

Citroen team boss Olivier Quesnel believes the rally should be cancelled in light of recent events in Syria.

He told Motorsport News: "I would like a quick decision on Jordan. My view is that we have to go through Syria and we go through somewhere where there are a lot of people dead.

"We have nothing to do there, but we have to wait for an announcement."

Ford chief Malcolm Wilson also believes a fast decision from the FIA is pivotal in preventing logistical problems for the teams.

"Our cars are going back to the UK to be rebuilt and are then due to leave for Jordan on Sunday," he said.

"The FIA said it will try and make a decision as soon as possible because of things like shipping, logistics and so on."

Rally Jordan is scheduled for April 14-16, with teams preparing to travel within the next few days.


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