Eddy Abou Karam successfully completed the second round of the 2016 Lebanese Rally Championship, the 5th Jezzine Rally, by finishing on the podium after eight special stages.
Driving a TGRS Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X alongside co-driver Joseph Kmeid, Eddy began his Jezzine campaign cautiously in the tricky Mlikh stage (SS1 & SS2) on Saturday; he was ranked 4th in Group N at the end of the two stages.
On Sunday, Eddy and Joseph began their assault, repeatedly going quicker than their main Group N rivals to climb from 4th to 2nd in Group N after Leg 2’s first loop, and they managed to extend the gap after the second loop. However, a mechanical scare in the very last stage erased their advantage, but they made their position stick by nursing the car home to secure 2nd place in Group N and 4th place overall.
Eddy’s Jezzine achievement comes after a Group N class victory in the first round of the Lebanese Hill Climb Championship in Arsoun. EAK’s next appearance will be at the Cedars’ Rally in mid-July.
Eddy’s Stages Times:
SS1 – Mlikh 1 – 4.54km: 2:56.41
SS2 – Mlikh 2 – 4.54km: 2:54.69
SS3 – Bqosta 1 – 11.41km: 6:45.50
SS4 – Barti 1 – 16.80km: 9:34.52
SS5 – Bqosta 2 – 11.41km: 6.58.96
SS6 – Barti 2 – 16.80km: 9:33.07
SS7 – Bqosta 3 – 11.41km: 6:48.14
SS8 – Barti 3 – 16.80km: 10:11.77