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Speed Test Championship screechs into 2nd round

By Roufan Nahhas - Apr 29,2015 - Last updated at Apr 29,2015

AMMAN — The second round of the Speed Test Championship “The Kumho Speed Test” kicks off on Friday with the participation of 41 drivers from Jordan and Palestine at the Royal Automobile Club of Jordan racetrack.

The event celebrates Labour Day with driver Mohammed Taayseer defending his first round win against Jordanian and eleven strong Palestinian drivers in addition to veteran drivers such as Ala khalifeh, Asem Aref, Khatsheek Shadian and Sami Fleifel. 

Taayseer clocked 1m33.970s, followed by Rami Kaghado (1m36.100s) and Jad Nabas (1m37.980s) in the first round.

Othman Naseef, Jordan Motorsport CEO, told The Jordan Times that Jordan Motorsport expects a high level of competition.

“We are building a lot of hope on the second round’s participation which is considered impressive and strong. We have on one side the experienced and popular names and on the other side the young and enthusiastic drivers,” he said.

“And to make it more interesting we have eleven drivers from Palestine, and Team Porsche who will bring more excitement to the event that is why we encourage fans to join the celebration and come and watch,” he added.

Team Porsche consists of Imad Hanania, Ziad Masanat, Salem Haddad and Refat Al Masri.

Naseef focused on the four women drivers taking part in the event.

Four women drivers will join the event: Marina Habaybeh, Manal Khateeb, Yasmeen Majed and Lujeen Nsairat.

“We are really happy that this round will have four women drivers joining the big names in the Speed Championship. The four women will inspire other women in joining future events and I am sure there are many who want to participate but lack the right support,” he said.

Naseef highlighted the support by Kia Jordan which supported two women drivers in this event calling it a move forward in auto sports in Jordan.

“We thank Kia Jordan for this gesture and support for women here and we hope that more companies will walk on the same path Kia Jordan took. We also waived the fees for participation in a step to encourage them,” he added.

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