Kart­ing star Rashid se­cures an­other first place

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Eight-year-old Emi­rati Rashid Al Dha­heri con­tin­ues to shine on the kart­ing track af­ter an­other first place in Italy.

On Sun­day, the Abu Dhabi school­boy took top spot for a sec­ond week­end in a row in the rookie cat­e­gory of the 2016 Parolin Cham­pi­onkart se­ries. De­spite start­ing the fi­nal race in sev­enth, Rashid put in a gutsy per­for­mance, which saw him make his way through the field to claim top hon­ours at Pista Rioveg­gio near Bologna, Italy.

In a gru­elling three days of rac­ing Rashid com­pleted more than 40 ses­sions and around 250km, along­side 100 other driv­ers amidst con­stantly chang­ing track and weather con­di­tions.

Team man­ager and exFor­mula 3 cham­pion Fausto Ip­politi praised the young­ster for his per­for­mance. Ip­politi said: “It was not an easy race week­end for Rashid. It was a new track, with tricky weather con­di­tions which kept chang­ing from ses­sion to ses­sion; we also had a few tech­ni­cal is­sues on Sun­day morn­ing be­fore the fi­nal race.

“How­ever de­spite all th­ese chal­lenges Rashid kept cool through­out and de­liv­ered a great per­for­mance. Yet again he showed in­cred­i­ble ma­tu­rity and fo­cus for his age.”

Rashid will re­turn to ac­tion in the 2016 Cham­pi­onKart se­ries on June 2 in Lig­nano, Italy.

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