Following a shunt on day one of the Rally of Lebanon, Henry Massaad restarted the following day under super rally regulations. Despite posting four fastest times in the 2WD class, he missed out on the win in the double points-scoring event.
“It’s a good result, though we did have designs on finishing on top of the podium,” said team manager Raouf Menhem. “Even so the result here at the Rally of Lebanon is a great way to round off what’s been a very good season. I chose to go with a Clio R3T and took it over to Chazel Technologie Course to get it race-ready. It was a decision I haven’t regretted it. This is the first year that the Clio R3T has competed on the rally scene in the Middle East and it’s proved up to the job, both in terms of performance and reliability. In the process we’ve had great support from Chazel Technologie Course and Renault Sport Technologies and their engineer Yann Paranthoen, who also did a remarkable job. In the end we came away with fifth place overall in the Lebanese Championship and second in R3 and 2WD. We also took second place in the Coast Road Racing Championship, having taken part in three events. I’m very grateful to our sponsors, and as long as they’re willing, our performances should earn us a second season in 2016, when we’ll be looking to make the top of the podium. If this year was about learning, next year is about winning.”
In securing second place in the Lebanese Rally Championship 2WD standings and fifth place overall, Lebanese driver Henry Massaad has enjoyed a superb season with his co-driver and compatriot Ramy Menhem. The New Renault Clio R3T really caught the eye on its debut and impressed in particular in placing third overall and first in the 2WD class at the Jezzine Rally.