The opening day of the Jordan Rally, scheduled for Thursday, has been cancelled following delays in getting equipment to the event.

Due to mechanical issues and bad weather the boat carrying the equipment needed to set up the service park has been delayed considerably. It did not dock in Haifa, Israel until 11:00 on Wednesday, with the trucks then needing the remainder of the day to get to the service park in Jordan.

This has meant that Thursday's timetable has been altered, with scruitineering, shakedown, pre-event press conferences and the ceremonial start all now due to take place during the day.

Friday's and Saturday's schedules remain unaffected. The first competitive stage of the rally will be SS7 Suwayma on Friday morning.

“The ship that has been bringing the equipment has broken down twice en route from Europe but thankfully the vehicles are now on land and will be at the Dead Sea tonight [Wednesday],” said Randa Nabulsi, Clerk of the Course. “The decision to change the first day's schedule was made collectively and we can all look forward to the ceremonial start tomorrow evening in Jerash and then the start of the rally on Friday morning.”