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Peninsula, Qatar & Kuwait Times, Kuwait
|Middle East Rally Championship 2015
After I had
finished with a respectable 3rd position overall in the Group N Category and
have won the Ladies Cup at the Middle East Rally Championship 2014, I convinced
with an excellent 2nd position overall in Group N at the Middle East Rally
under the flag of Qatar with my Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, I could behind the
leading Salah bin Eidam from Kuwait defeat the entire male world of motor sport.
Qatar Intl. Rally; 5.-7. Feb; 3rd Group N; 8th overall
Kuwait Intl. Rally; 12.-14. March; 2nd Group N; 8th
Iran Intl. Rally; 6.-8. May - disqualified -
Cyprus Rally; 25.-27. Sept; 4th Group N, 7th overall
Oman Intl. Rally; 5.-7. Nov - disqualified –
Dubai Intl. Rally; 19.-21. Nov; 5th Group N; 13th overall
Due to my
years of experience in motor sport and driving skills not pushing the car, a 5th
position at the last Dubai Rally was enough to finish the championship with just
1 point in front of the third one, Rashid al Naimi from Qatar.
1. Salah bin Eidam (Kuwait) 100 points
Edith Weiss (Qatar) 55 points - not classified -
2. Rashid Al Naimi (Qatar) 54 points
3. Meshari Al Thefiri (Kuwait) 35 points
Unfortunately, I was declared not eligible to be classified and claim the second
position in the MERC 2015 for the Group N because the FIA regulations forces the
driver to have minimum 5 rallies in the championship to be classified and I
could finish only 4 events. I am the very first woman who achieved such a result
at any MERC ever.
At least, I
was with my result much faster than all other competitors in the Championship
which they did more than 5 rallies. All of them had a sufficient sponsorship and
a professional team behind them. I managed everything by my own without any
financial support and hope to be back in the next season again to fight for the
1st place......, inshallah!
Article in Al
12th - 14th
Special thanks and appreciation to his Excellency Sheikh Athbi Nayef Jaber
Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, chairman of Kuwait International Automobile Club, who pushes
and takes care of the Motor Sport in Kuwait. Since 2009, he brought the Kuwait
International Rally back on the MERC calendar.
This year´s Kuwait Intl. Rally was one of the best rallies in terms of
preparation and processing, especially the technical side was phenomenal. I
really enjoyed it!
I could finish the Kuwait Intl. Rally on 8th position overall, 2nd in group N
and I have won the Ladies Cup which was a very good result for me at my 2nd
participation at any rally event in Kuwait ever.It was more than a pleasure to
participate at this fantastic event. For sure, I will be back next year again,
The Middle East needs strong person like him to continue motor sport on a
Article in Peninsula Newspaper
Article in Peninsula Newspaper
|Middle East Rally Championship 2014
my Middle East Rally Championship season 2014, which I finished with an
excellent result; third position overall in the Group N category and have won
the Ladies Cup.
participating under the flag of Qatar and started at almost all events of MERC
together with my co driver Vicky Psaraki from Greece with my own Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo IX - exept the Rally of Jordan.
Qatar Intl. Rally; 20th - 22nd Feb; Result: 2nd Group N; 1st Ladies Cup
Kuwait Intl.Rally; 20th - 22nd March; Result: 3rd Group N; 1st Ladies Cup
Rally of Lebanon; 29th - 31th August; Result: 7th Group N; 1st Ladies Cup
Cyprus Rally; 19th - 21th September; Result: 3rd Group N; 1st Ladies Cup
Dubai Intl. Rally; 27th - 29th Nov; Result: 3rd Group N; 1st Ladies Cup
can show to the whole world that they have the fastest Ladies team in the Middle
Hereby, I am the first and only woman who has achieved an overall position under
the top three at any round of the MERC ever. It is a great honor for me to have
reached this unique result for Qatar and me.
driving in the Middle East region; especially in Qatar; I have been doing it for
many years. My first rally event was in Qatar 1992 and since that time with
pleasure and success I am continuing the Motor Sport in the Middle East. It is
exciting to be part of the world of motor sport dominated by men.
Of course, I
could even do better but without a proper sponsorship or a strong partner behind
me it is not possible to compete on a professional level. I really wish the day
is coming to get a real chance to start with a top rally car in a professional
The Motor Sport
season 2015 is still not confirmed. I would like to participate again at MERC,
some WRC & WCCR events and my absolute target is a participation at the Dakar
I am positive
finally finding a solution to continue my successful way in Motor Sport in the
Article in Al Rayyan Newspaper
Qatar, January 2015
|Article in Al Rayyan Newspaper
Qatar, November 2014
37th Rally of
29th - 31th
of a fantastic, unique motor sport event
almost my 7th start at a Rally of Lebanon from 2001 till this year and
absolutely the best one.
The rally was
more than perfect organized - as usually! Especially with the new SSS
(Super Special Stage) which had taken place in the old waterfront area
in Beirut on Thursday night after the Ceremonial Start.It was so
impressive and full of a glittery athmosphere to see all the
enthusiastic spectators in this area. There were more than 15 000
spectators around the SSS and a big media spectacle. That made really so
much fun to start in front of such a spectacular scenery. High Adrenalin
was guaranteed for everybody!
In the 2nd SS on Friday, we had just a small, simple material problem
and I must use the "Super Rally" Reglement to start the next rally day
again. After this my Mitsubishi was running so perfect - a dream!
Mapping, seat, set up everything was like especially build for me. I
fell so in love with this "rental" Evo IX and the whole rally event. It
was the third time I have rented a rally car from Roger Feghali,
Motortune and a great pleasure to work together again with such a
professional Rally Team.
This year, we had 13 different stages with a
total distance of 797 km (245km SS) and a sea level altitude of 1836
meter, combined with a huge media coverage during the whole event.The
stages are extremely technical with different surfaces on smooth and
flowing tarmac which is famous for Lebanon and always a challenge for
all competitors to show their driving skills, specially in the night
stages. This is just one of the reasons which
makes the Rally of Lebanon to the most demanding and important rally in
the Middle East Rally Championship.
I really hope that Lebanon could come back into the WRC calendar again -
as it was already a candidate for WRC in 2003! That would be great
because Lebanon is a wonderful country and everything is more than
perfect for WRC.
special "Thank you" to my good old friend Billy Karam, Vice president of
Automobile & Touring Club of Lebanon and several lebanese Ex
Rallychampion and holder of Guinness Record of Collection of Model Cars.
Since years, he takes care about me with his excellent experience in
motor sport and support me always with his powerful way of business if I
be in Lebanon. (see photo below in his museum)
also to Sheikh Athbi al Nayef Al-Sabah - President of Rally Department
from Kuwait - he attended as a FIA Stewart at this event and he was so
friendly to invite me to participate at the Kuwait Rallychampionship
2014/15. (see photo below)
also to Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani, since years he is supporting me
in all matters and is always on my site (see photo below)
i planned that 2014 would be my last round of Rally of Lebanon but I
changed my mind and confirmed already my booking of a "rental" rally car
from Roger Feghali, Motortune for next year....!
It was one of the best rally events which I had in my
previous 30 years in my motor sport career. I look forward to come back
next year again with the target to achieve a successful result,
inshallah! Afterwards, I will see if……...!!!!
from left to right: Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani(Qatar) & I, Billy
Karam & I, Sheikh Athbi al Nayef Al-Sabah(Kuwait) & I, Pressconference
before the start, Finish podium
|Article in Qatar Gulf News after the
Qatar Intl Rally 2014
20th - 22nd Feb 2014
|FIA Women in Motorsport Committee
20th Feb 2014
Michelé Mouton, the most
successful and well-known female rally driver and since 2010 official President
of the FIA Women & Motorsport Commission, gave me the big honor together with
Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, President of QMMF, to start me off with the flag for the
Qatar Intl. Rally 2014.
During the FIA Women & Motorsport Conference on 20th Feb in Doha she
took the opportunity to visit the Qatar
Intl. Rally, 1st round of the Middle East Rally Championship 2014.
I finished the
Qatar Intl. Rally on 1st
position in Ladies Cup, 2nd group N and 12th overall.
(The photo below shows when I
met Michelé Mouton personally at an event of the German Rally Championship 1986)
Article in Peninsula Newspaper
|Qatar Sealine Rally
21th - 26th April 2013
Heat, Speed, Desert - an extreme challenge!
Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani was
so kind to provide me his rally car Nissan Patrol; T1 for this Cross Country
Rally and he renounced himself to go to the start. He prefered to act there
as my team manager.It was my very first Baja Rally in this category of motor
sport. Before, Sheikh Hamad bin Eid and Mohammed al Mannai – both are one of the
best rally driver in the desert – took me sometimes into the desert to showed me
their driving skills and important desert rules.
start of the Qatar Sealine Rally was on 23th April and took us over a distance
of 1.525,11 km for 4 days. On the first rally day, the starter in the rally car
was not working. We did just around 35% of the distance and came back to the
service to get the Nissan proper prepared for the next days. On the 2nd
day, I changed my co
driver. That was the reason why the organisation took me out of the World Cup
and put me into the Qatar National Championship rating. The 4th
and last day of the rally
was without any problem. Everything was more than perfect and I could start the
rally from the beginning again ……!!!
finished the Qatar Sealine Rally in rating and be proud to be also the very
first and only woman who was starting and finishing at this major motor sport
event and all of the sudden under the flag of Qatar. It was such a wonderful
rally, perfect organized and I enjoyed it so much. It was a big experience to
step into this world of motor sport and I want to continue more events in the
future – especially the Dakar Rally 2014. Inshallah!!
details: 620 HP, 8 cylinder Cosworth engine, King suspension, Cooper tyres
|FIA World Endurance
28th September 2012
Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani and I, we were invited together at the
six hours of Bahrain endurance race, part of the 2012 FIA World
Endurance Championship (WEC),
took place on September 28th and 29th at Bahrain International
Circuit, in Sakir.
The Bahrain event was round six and it´s the WEC´s only race in the
A spectular field of 30 starters lined up as well as several
ex-Formula One Drivers are entered in this event.The race that was
started at 16:00 local time was predominately held in the dark. Air
temperatures were at 34 degrees with a track temperature of 45.
Both Audi R 18 e-tron quattro from Audi Sport Team Joest started
from the front row and both Audis celebrated an excellent one-two
win, their third victory of the season.
During this weekend, I met “old” friends of mine from Shell Oil;
Germany. They were distributer of racing fuel for all teams at this
event. I have got a big, interesting lesson in all about racing
fuel. Now, I know exactly that for example the “MON” value is more
important than the “RON” value or why “Oxygen” is so important
specially in hot regions and, and….Congratulation to the intelligent
and clever research and development in racing fuel from Shell.
It was a great weekend for Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani and me, we
met a lot of friends and enjoyed the race in Bahrain.
|Hell ride with Aston
||Qatar, February 2012
Sheikh Saud al Thani, owning the Aston Martin DB S (517 BHP, 7
gears, V12 engine, high speed approx. 308 km/h), wanted me to test
drive his car sitting in the co-driver seat next to me finding out
the exact limits of his Aston Martin.Sheikh Saud believed his car
can go faster than 310 km/h and we took the possibility to prove
this at a Track Racing in Losail/Qatar.
At the end of the finish line we
only had reached a little bit more than 290 km/h.
Of course, my friend Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani was there too at
such a local event entering with his Subaru Imprezza with which I
had participated at the
Qatar Intl Rally one week before and finished on an excellent 4th
rank overall twice. Unfortunately, he went out of the race because
of a failing differential.
After just 2 laps Sheikh Hamad replaced Sheikh Saud in his DB S
while he decided to follow the race from the pit line.
Hamad and I had such tremendous fun! We
the time on the limit and every
5 laps we changed driver and co-driver positions. Of course, both
tried to beat the other ones speeding
..... it was so fantastic ... and we finished the race on a
respectable 3rd position overall.
really look forward to the next round in Losail.
|Racing under the
patronage of the Sheikh
This year, I am starting with Qatar International Competitor Licence at all motor sport events worldwide
under the patronage of Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani.
It´s a big honour for me and I am very grateful of his trust and
personal support. I hope to achieve successful results in this motor sport season.
Shukran jazilan, Habibi!
famous football player Fawaz Daoud Abdullah al Khater, team member
of the Qatari national football team, will provide me his private
Aston Martin DB9, which has been tuned by Mansory (475 HP) for one
or more circuit races on the race track in Losail/Qatar.I feel
very fortunate that I have again the opportunity to participate
after a long time at a race in a motodrome, especially with such a
notable road racer.
through the introduction of Sheikh Hamad bin Eid al Thani
(photo), himself a
very successful race driver, he brought me the taste of Circuit
racing again and because of him I have got this car at all. This
does not mean that I will quit the rally sport, on the contrary, my
next event will be the World Rally Championship in Greece, the
I am happy about the friendly support between
sports people, and who knows, mayby Abdullah will discover his
passion for motor sport if I invite him to come with me for some
|Excursion to Losail
Qatar, April 2011
One week after the Qatar Rally, Round 5, which I
drove with one of Sheikh Hamad al Thani Subaru Impreza N/15, he
invited me to visit him at the circuit in Losail, where he took part
in a circuit race with his other Subaru Impreza N/12, group A (see
His nephew, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Fahad al Thani (see photo below),
was so friendly to let me go for some laps with his Porsche GT3 on
the race track. That was really funny!!! Especially, because we were driving the fastest lap of all.......
|Good bye my Skoda
Pantaleeva, the winner of the Bulgarian Circuit Championship 2000
with VW Golf, and himself an official Audi & VW Dealer in the region
of Ruse, Bulgaria, came together with his daughter to me to Germany
and bought my Skoda Octavia A/7. He has
planned his comeback in motor sport 2011 with my rally car.
I wish him all the very best and much
success in all his coming projects.
45e Rallye Antibes Côte d´ Azur
15.-17th October 2010
from left to
right: Ludek Kopecky(CZ), me(CH), Robert Stadler(GER), Metin Ceker(TR)
I have already driven some phantastic races and experienced
top motor sport events, but the "Rallye Antibes d´Azur" has been something
This very well organized round of the European Rally Championship awarded with
two special stages - their names, the heart of every motor sport enthusiast will
be delighted, Col de Turini and Col de Bleine, are milestones in the history of
the legendary Rally Monte Carlo - a special atmosphere. As well as the famous F1
pilot, Robert Kubica, he did his first participation in this kind of motor
sports and he finished with a Renault Clio A/6 on the very good 3rd position
Personally had this race in the French Maritime Alps for me a different
attraction. After 25 years of active motor sports, I did the first step on my
way to become a FIA sport commissar. One more step form my future carreer in
I would like to say a special "Thank you" to Mr. Robert Stadler, FIA sports
commissar and Monsieur Gilbert Giraud, Organizer for their kind invitation.
Through their support, I could realize my first event into this site in motor
I already received an invitation for the 46th Rallye Antibes d´Azur.
Damas Jewellery successful
continuing with Edith Weiss
Damas Jewellery, the Middle East´s leading international
jewellery and watch retailer, has extended the successful sponsorship with me,
an international renowned racing driver, recently. Since the year 2004, Damas
has been already sponsoring me and we are cooperate together very successfully.
Founded in 1907, the company today operates more than 300
stores distributed across 12 contries, most of which are located in the GCC
region. The company has grown a UAE based retailer into a global brand name, and
is also the retailer of a large portfolio of renowned global luxury brands.
At every single motor sport or marketing event, the Damas logo
decorates my racing cars and my outfit. I am very proud of it!
I promote Damas Jewellery at important events and showcasings. This close
collaboration, the strength of both partners resulted in the very good
relationship between the sponsor, Tamjid Abdullah - one of the owner of Damas -
and myself. (see photo below)
Tamjid Abdullah thus put Edith Weiss a further step for
success in your cooperation.
Again, I wish to thank Tamjid Abdullah sincerely for his trust in me and his continuous
support of the Motor sport.
Dakar Series 2009
14th March 2009
Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - these three
countries will be the area which will cross the new
Silk Way Rally (www.silkwayrally.com) of the organizer of the Dakar Rally Series ASO from
September 5th until September 13th 2009. This new rally replaces the "Central
Europe Rally" which will not take place any more after disagreements with the
The event will start in Kazan, the capital city of the Republic Tararstan, on
5th September and the finish will be in Ashgabat, the capital city of
Turkmenistan, on 13 th September.
Initiated by Turkmenistan president, Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov the rally has
also the big support of Russian president, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakhstan
president Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev.
This inaugural rally was the historic trade route between Europe and Asia and is
practically a small "Dakar" across a distance of 4.500 km, around 30% will be on
sandy routes (see photo above).
The competition details of the rally will be detailed in mid-April during the
Dakar Series 2009
7th Feb 2009
addition to the world´s hardest rally event, the Argentina - Chile Rally, the
ASO (The Amaury Sports Organisation) extended the Dakar
Series 09 by two events, the
Central Europe Rally and the PAX Rally.
I am very proud to announce that I am going to
participate at these events with a Porsche Cayenne S; group T2; prepared by Hock
Racing Germany (www.hockracing.com).
A german TV station broadcasted us live and exclusively at
the events.It is an amazing excitement to be the first rally team since 1986
which starts with a new homologated Porsche at a Dakar Rally. I am looking
forward to this new motorsport challenge and a successful co-operation with Hock
There will be more information available about the technical
details of my Porsche as well as the new branding of the sponsor logos on my web
site soon. Please check out the area: "Racing cars"
I am very curious about the results and impressions which I will present here on
this site after the next race.
Sheikh Hamed al
Thani from Qatar, he was so kind to lend me his own rally car, which he normally uses for desert rally events,
for my recce preparations for the Dubai Rally 07.
(look at the photo below)
I called Sheikh Hamad early in the morning on the first recce day and asked
him, if he could help me out for 2 days with a 4wheel drive and without
hesitation he said: "Yes, of course! Come over to my workshop, my
mechanics will make my Nissan Patrol ready for you. No problem at all!" As I arrived there, he gave me
helpful instructions and - very important
- one of his pillows, because the seat was not adjustable and fitted
only his size.
Many thanks to Sheikh Hamed for his kindness, anybody else would have
charged me for any single kilometer, service and so on, he only
mentioned: "Just call me if you bring the car back."
Of course, he got back his Nissan with no damages and I
must say at the end of my recce that I loved his rally car. It was a fantastic
Thank you so much, my dear Hamed - Shukran jazilan,
Sheikh Hamed al Thani has
won with his Nissan Patrol (6 Cylinder and more than 600 BHP) the Ajman Desert
Challenge one week before.
DAMAS MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2006
SPORT AUTO MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2005
|Gulf News, Qatar
25th October 1997