NNA - Race Driver Roger Feghali and his co-pilot Judy Feghali, on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10, retained the title of the 38th Spring Rally organized by the Automobile and Touring Club of Lebanon (ATCL) over two days, under the auspices of Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister, George Kallas.
Carl Rizk (21 years old) and his co-pilot Karim Abu Elias, on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, came in second place after a great performance by Rizk, which proved to be the surprise of the rally.
Rabih Ayoub and Georges Nader came in third place on a Skoda Fabia.
Winning the rally, Roger Feghali added a new title to his his long career full of achievements. The five stages of the race on Sunday witnessed great excitement, with heavy rain and slippery ground, which added to a cautious competition between drivers on a mixture of dry and slippery ground from time to time, so that the name “Winter Rally” could apply to the “Spring Rally” in the 2023 edition.
The race was completed by 16 cars after 8 cars left for various reasons in a rally that will remain long in mind in terms of "temperature" for the first time in a spring rally in many years.
In a brief word on the occasion, Minister Kallas said: "Lebanon is happily regaining the glory of sport. I am participating in the opening of the thirty-eighth Spring Rally organized by the ATCL Club in Kaslik, which was launched with a wide participation of drivers and navigators. Lebanon is a country of life, sports and civilization. It is our responsibility to be supportive of high-end mechanical sports and work together until Lebanon regains its leading position on the tourism and sports map."
He added: “All gratitude to the ATCL Club for this prestigious organization, and to the participants who proved that the love of life is sufficient to help Lebanon rise again. I call for giving the sports sector all the attention and care it deserves, because it is the right gateway to restoring the youth’s confidence in the country and to building bridges between generations and peoples."