French-made Renault cars dominated the 3,000-kilometer (about 1860 miles) Lebanon-Syria car Rally which ended on Sunday (20 October).
SV Car (fourth-place-getter) check in at Damascus at night
SV Timekeeper clocking papers
CU Drivers Sehnaoui and Homsi
SV Car arrives at checkpoint
SV Car No.14
GV Skyline at dawn
GV Car driven by N. Hamdan and M. Ghandour (3rd place) arriving at Aleppo and being clocked in
GV Renault 17 driven by Piot and Asfar (2nd place)
SV Piot and Asfar and car driving off PAN TO crowd
GTV Car No.5 arriving and surrounded by crowd (2 shots)
CU PAN FROM driver TO car at checkpoint
SV Mechanic checking engine
CU Eventual winner G. Hindi PAN DOWN TO mechanic changing fornt wheel
GV PAN car No.5 in open desert (4th place)
GV PAN car No.12 in open desert (3rd place)
GV PAN winning car driving through desert
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SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: French-made Renault cars dominated the 3,000-kilometer (about 1860 miles) Lebanon-Syria car Rally which ended on Sunday (20 October).
Renault cars took the three top places in the rally: twenty-four cars took part and only ten finished the course.
J. Hindi and W.L. Hajj took first place in a Renault TS, followed by J. Piot and G. Asfar also in a Renault. Mr. N. Hamdan and M. Ghandour came in third.
The rally was organised by the Association of Sportive Automobile Libanaise (ASAL).
SYNOPSIS: Damascus, capital of Syria, where cars talking part in the Lebanon-Syria rally met to regroup in the city's main stadium. Twenty-four cars took part in the three thousand-kilometer rally which started in Beirut on Friday.
The rally lasted three days. Two thirds of the three thousand kilometer route was through Syria and the rest through Lebanon This Renault driven by Hamdan and Ghandour was among the first to arrive at Aleppo the half-way point of the rally. The pair finished in third place.
Piot and Asfar who drove a Renault Seventeen Kept the pressure up till the last minute and had thirteen minutes in hand in Aleppo. They finished second.
Large crowds gathered along the route to cheer the drivers An audi Eighty driven by Sehanoui and Homsi took fourth place. They were slowed down by two flat tyres and the tie lost was never regained.
Hinid and Haff were also troubled by flat tyres. But they managed to keep up their pace throughout the rally.
The drivers' last leg was a thousand-kilometer course in Syria. The route consisted maily of desert tracts and mountanious roads.
Hindi and Hajj were the eventual winners of the race. The rally was dominated by French-made Renaults which took the first three places.