(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Qatars Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah and Italian co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini clinched victory by the margin of 12min, 23.4sec in the 10th Syrian International Rally, round six of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), which finished in Sednaya on Saturday, according to a statement from organisers.
According to the statement, the pair won nine of the events 13 gravel special stages, as Attiyah moved into second position in the Drivers Championship with his 36th outright MERC success and a record-breaking fourth win in Syria.
Bernacchini clinched his seventh MERC win as a co-driver and now ties Jordans Khaled Zakaria as the fourth most successful navigator in championship history.
It was the Italians first win in Syria. UAEs Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi took second position and moved into a similar place in the Drivers Championship standings after six of eight rounds.
Qatars Misfer Al Marri came in 3rd place. There were no changes inside the top nine, although Kuwaits Meshari Al Thafiri overhauled Syrias Amir Arnaout to snatch 10th position.
The next round of the 2010 FIA MERC will be the Limassol-based FX Pro Cyprus Rally on November 5-7.