This year's Rally Jordan will be the first event in the modern era of the World Rally Championship to finish on a Saturday. The decision to move away from the traditional Friday-to-Sunday format is to fall in with the Islamic weekend on Friday and Saturday.
Rally organizers are working on a compact route, with the entire April 1-3 itinerary running within 37 miles of the central service park which sits on the banks of the Dead Sea. Most of the action will run through the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea areas, but this year there will be new stages north of Amman. Event managers are planning a high-profile start for the event and will reveal details in coming weeks.
Absent from the calendar last season, Rally Jordan – the Middle East's first WRC round, which will run as a round of the FIA Middle East Championship as well – is under pressure to impress the FIA this season. Abu Dhabi is campaigning for a WRC event, with a candidate event in December this year.