There has never been an influential and coalescent factor such as sports. Sports made fighting British and German enemy soldiers call for truce during the Great War and come out from their trenches to play a football match on Christmas Day 1914, where the outcome was an unofficial ceasefire across Europe. Likewise, it had brought the United States and People’s Republic of China (PRC) foes closer to mutual accords with their Ping-pong diplomacy in the early 1970’s.
2020, a year that will characterise the lives of the Lebanese for decades to come. It is the year of the unpredicted.
Besides an oppressiveeconomic crisis, Lebanon has been severely affected, as other countries around the globe, with the ongoing worldwide COVID19 pandemic. And as if it was not enough, it had suffered a devastating explosion that ripped Beirut to shreds and left its vulnerable people to cope with the great hardship and the disruptions it has caused.
Despite all that, the Automobile et Touring Club du Liban – ATCL spurned the idea of not running the Rally of Lebanon and kept its Organising body moving ahead with the event in November after being granted the permission, thankfully, by the FIA to postpone the event from its original date set.
The FIA has defined the social aspect of motorsport as “an important part of the sense of community”; accordingly, the 43rd Rally of Lebanon will be run with the alteration to the “New Norms” operating environment set by the FIA within the parameters of the Lebanese Government restrictions.
The 43rd Rally of Lebanon will commence with a super special stage that will be held on Friday November 13th, 2020, in the premises of the ATCL in Kaslik, Jounieh.
Jbeil and Batroun region will host nine challenging special stages with a total of 192.30 kilometres of slippery tarmac and one Service Park positioned in Jbeil (Byblos), after being moved from Jounieh, making it the most compact version in its history.
Yet, you cannot but fall in love with it.
In the name of the Organising Committee, I cannot but thank all those who have backed us, be it physically or morally, our sponsors among many others as well as the Automobile and Touring Club of Lebanon.
Personally, I owe a word of gratitude to all those who have extended a helping hand in making the event a success; “THANK YOU”.
Welcome all, push the envelope and enjoy the thrilling action.