Al Da­heri wins first race of UAE kart­ing sea­son

The eight-year-old Emi­rati pre­vails over strong line-up in the cadet class at RAK Track

Gulf News - - UAE -

Rashid Al Da­heri, widely re­garded as the UAE’s most ex­cit­ing young kart­ing star, got his UAE sea­son off to a fly­ing start as he pow­ered to vic­tory in Round One of the X30 Chal­lenge UAE at RAK Track in Ras Al Khaimah last week­end.

The eight-year-old Abu Dhabi-based Emi­rati put in a de­ter­mined dis­play against a strong line-up of driv­ers in the cadet class. Al Da­heri qual­i­fied in sec­ond po­si­tion, re­main­ing among the pace­set­ters through­out qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the very com­pet­i­tive class that fea­tures some of the Mena re­gion’s top young kart­ing stars in the eight to 12 age group.

In Heat 1, he dropped down to fifth place at one stage be­fore re­cov­er­ing to fin­ish third.

In the Pre-Fi­nal, again he found him­self down in fifth be­fore fight­ing his way back to fin­ish in sec­ond.

In a hot and hu­mid fi­nal, it was a sim­i­lar story as the young­ster dropped down to fifth af­ter go­ing off his rac­ing line to avoid a col­li­sion.

Un­de­terred by this set­back, Al Da­heri de­liv­ered an im­pres­sive dis­play as he chased down the pack, pick­ing up po­si­tions with ev­ery lap.

Late in the race, he took sec­ond place with the leader a mere 2.6 sec­onds ahead.

In a thrilling fi­nal lap, Al Da­heri held his nerve and skil­fully over­took the leader to win a well-earned vic­tory in the first X30 Chal­lenge UAE kart­ing race of the 2016-2017 UAE sea­son.

Al Da­heri also notched up the fastest lap time ever recorded in the cadet class on this track con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Re­ally happy

“The gap was big but I knew I could catch P1,” he said later. “The set-up on the kart was re­ally good and I man­aged to come back. I am re­ally happy to win in my home coun­try. “

Fausto Ip­politi, Team Man­ager of the young­ster’s Ip­politi Kart team and an ex-For­mula 3 Ital­ian cham­pion, com­mented: “Rashid put in a re­ally im­pres­sive per­for­mance. He made us proud with his fight­ing spirit, ex­cel­lent pace and tech­nique.

“Rashid is very com­mit­ted; he prac­tises reg­u­larly and with en­thu­si­asm in the UAE and in Italy. This vic­tory shows that all his hard work is start­ing to pay off.

“It is great to work with such a tal­ent and a great start to the 2016-17 sea­son.”

Cour­tesy: Or­gan­iser

Rashid Al Da­heri pow­eres to vic­tory in Round One of the X30 Chal­lenge UAE at RAK Track last week­end.

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