That’s right! We got to work at the Jordan Rally (MERC) as Safety and Radio marshalls for two days straight, and we had a freakin’ blast (that came with a complimentary khat-nawar tan) standing only meters away from some of the region’s best drivers. We’re gonna jabber less and show you more pics, because we know that’s how you like it!
Most of the Safety Cars were 4x4s, we had the pleasure of driving a Hyundai accent (not a 4×4)
This dude is Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah. He won nine of the day’s 10 timed special stages. NINE. He was our favorite, and damn can this man swerve with ease on even the hardest curves.
We were a team of two safety members. One handled the radio and the other one handled crowd control and media. Marlboro didn’t pay us for this picture… Or did they?
No photoshop and no instagram filters. HCW shows you the Jordan Rally as it is. (God, we almost sound like a lying news station.)
Every time a car passes, we’re greeted with a sand storm like the one below, plus a blitz of rocks that spray on you. We tried telling the photographers to stand behind the mesh for their own safety and they greeted it with laughter… Until they saw this.
Right before the second Yatruk run, we had to pause for these goats. These little dudes were as determined to cross the road as the rally cars were.
Ain’t a proper Rally break without two apples.
This next dude was SO close to crashing into the mesh on that next hard curve.
Flying too close for comfort was this bro, just checking that everything is A-OKAY.
Driving a FORD FIESTA RRC in the photo below was Abdulla Al-Qasmi. This was taken on the final day in the Turki track.
Dude. Why do you look like you’re about to piss?
The results (which we don’t really care about as much as seeing cool cars drive at high-speed):
Top 10 2014 Jordan Rally – positions after SS11:
1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT) – Ford Fiesta RRC
2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)Citroën DS3.
3. Abdullah Al-Qassimi (ARE) – Ford Fiesta RRC.
4. Marouf Abu Samra (JOR) – Skoda Fabia S2000.
5. Salah Bin Eidan (KWT) – Ford Fiesta R5.
6. Husam Salem (JOR)- Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII.
7. Ala’a Rasheed (JOR) – Ford Fiesta RRC.
8. Abdullah Al-Kuwari (QAT) – Ford Fiesta R5.
9. Mohamed Al-Mutawaa (ARE) – Citroën DS3 R3.
10. Meshari Al-Thefiri (KWT) – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.