Frigyes Turan will also make his SWRC debut in Jordan. The Hungarian impressed on a handful of world championship events last term only to suffer a heavy crash on RACC Rally de Espana. “It means the world to accomplish a place in the SWRC but I am sure it will be an extremely hard season among extremely talented opponents,” said the Fiesta pilot. “I’ve only tested my car on icy stages so far but I am ready for the hot climate and gravel stages in Jordan.”
Albert Llovera begins his second season in the SWRC in an Abarth Grande Punto partnered by new co-driver Diego Vallejo, who navigated MINI factory driver Dani Sordo for part of the 2010 season. The Andorran is paralysed from the waist down following a skiing accident back in 1985 and relies on special hand controls.
Karl Kruuda will be looking for better fortune in Jordan after being hampered by mechanical problems in Mexico. Local driver Ammar Hijazi is eligible to score SWRC points after being nominated as a wildcard entrant by the rally organisers.