Eddy Abou Karam and Joseph Kmeid didn’t have it easy at the 40th running of Rally of Lebanon, which was the fourth and final round of the 2017 Lebanese Rally Championship and fourth round of the 2017 Middle East Rally Championship.
EAK ended the rally’s super special stage on Friday on a positive note as he clocked the fourth fastest time, but Saturday’s Leg 1 proved quite challenging to the team, with right rear wheel damage costing them nearly 10 minutes, which dropped them to 13th overall.
It was fight or flight for the Hyundai i20 R5, and they chose to fight. In Sunday’s Leg 2, EAK and Joseph showed their true potential by clocking times that consistently put them in the top 3 and by the end of the day, they were up to 7th place overall, which means they had gained 6 positions in just 4 stages.
The 40th Rally of Lebanon was a genuine learning experience for the team, who used the full 2017 Lebanese Rally Championship to get to know the i20 R5, before commencing a proper assault on the championship next year.
After consistent performances throughout 2017, EAK secured 2nd place in the Lebanese Rally Championship for the second consecutive year.