May 10, 2015 – Abdo Feghali has snatched the Deir El Qamar Hill Climb victory after a close battle with his brother Roger in an incident-filled event that saw the retirement of many drivers.
The drama began in Heat 1, with Rony Kanaan crashing out in the Renault Clio and Garo Haroutiounian’s BMW 330Ci coming to a halt with an engine failure and leaking oil on the track, which caused a delay of more than an hour as organizers attempted to clear the oil.
There were more retirements in the second heat, as Rodolphe Asmar, Pierre Vartanian and Jawad Slim all went off, and Ziad Feghali was forced to retire with gearbox issues. Fortunately, all of the drivers who were involved in an accident escaped with no injuries.
In the end, Abdo Feghali proved unbeatable as he clocked a 1 minute 35.08 seconds in the third and final heat to go quickest of all, with Roger’s best time also set in his final run (1min 35.25sec) to finish second overall ahead of Jawad Slim whose Heat 1 time was enough for third overall.
Eddy Abou Karam and Rodrigue Rahi continued their run of strong performances, finishing first and second respectively in the Group N class, whilst Hisham Al Abiad took third.
Robert Aaraj clinched the front-wheel drive class in his Citroen DS3, while Paul Kossaifi came home first in the rear-wheel drive class, driving a BMW 330Ci.