Shaibani im­pres­sive at Rumman Hill Climb

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Ashok Puro­hit

Oman's Nabeel al Shaibani came up with an im­pres­sive display to clinch vic­tory in the Ju­niors Cup and fin­ish over­all sixth at the chal­leng­ing Al Hus­sein Rumman Hill Climb, held near Am­man, Jor­dan, on Fri­day.

It is only the sec­ond time that an Omani has taken part in the unique race, the pre­vi­ous be­ing Nabeel's brother, Mazin al Shaibani, in 2015.

Jor­dan’s Katchik Sha­dian clinched the Rumman Hill Climb ti­tle for the third year in a row.

Sha­dian clocked one minute 49.75 sec­onds, fol­lowed by Ay­man al Na­jar in sec­ond (1m:50.89s), and Hus­sam Salem was third (1m:51.79s). De­spite the fast pace, Sha­dian could not beat the course record of 1m:48.76s set by Le­banon’s Roger Feghali in 2007.

A to­tal of 19 driv­ers from Jor­dan, Pales­tine, UAE and Oman took part in this year's edi­tion, or­gan­ised by the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club of Jor­dan.

Shaibani clocked 1m:59.05s to be­come one of the few driv­ers to break the two-minute bar­rier.

Speak­ing af­ter re­turn­ing from the event, Nabeel said, “I am very proud to have rep­re­sented Oman at the event. It was a sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as I could go un­der two-min­utes and also win the Ju­niors Cup.”

“The hill is not easy and is a unique com­pe­ti­tion,” said Nabeel, who did well to qual­ify as the best ten driv­ers for the fi­nal af­ter two rounds.

The Hill Climb course near Rumman is ex­actly three kilome-

tres in length and three me­tres in width with an av­er­age rise of 8.5 per cent. There are a to­tal of 27 bends and cor­ners in­clud­ing four hair­pin bends.

King Hus­sein of Jor­dan took part in the in­au­gu­ral Rumman Hill Climb in 1956 and was a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor in the race un­til 1996.

Nabeel al Shaibani holds aloft the Ju­niors Cup af­ter the race in Jor­dan on Fri­day

Nabeel al Shaibani com­petes dur­ing the Rumman Hill Climb in Jor­dan

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