Eddy Abou Karam’s start to the 2016 Spring Rally was not what he was wishing for, as he and co-driver Joseph Kmeid faced several issues that prevented them from fighting for a Group N class victory, but the pair fought on to finish the event.
EAK’s troubles began in SS2 when his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X’s engine cover popped open, but his first-class driving skills, coupled with Joseph Kmeid’s masterful pacenotes, helped him safely finish the stage. However, he lost a significant chunk of time as a result.
EAK began to fight back in SS3, climbing from fourth in Group N to third by the time he reached SS6, and was aiming to grab second place in the last couple of stages (SS7 & SS8), but a broken differential in SS7 meant that he was forced to drop out of the podium places, but he continued and brought the car home in 6th place in Group N and 13th overall.
Eddy had the pace to challenge to for the win in the Spring Rally, which is reason to be optimistic for the Jezzine Rally (May 8), in which he aims to have a trouble-free race and fight for Group N glory.