13 July 2014
Rashid Al Dhaheri’s Italian summer karting adventure continued with his participation in an intensive training camp organised by the ACI CSAI Federal School at Napoli Sarno International Circuit, from 7 to 10 July.
Training at the highly reputable institute was conducted under the direction of Raffaele Giammaria, with supervision by former Formula 1 team owner Gian Carlo Minardi and included Gianmaria Bruni – winner of the 2013 FIA Endurance World Championship and of the 2014 Le Mans 24 hours for Ferrari – as special guest instructor.
Rashid joined 20 promising young drivers, aged between 6 and 10, in what was a four day intensive training course, which included practical and theoretical lessons hosted by the pleasant Sarno Circuit with easy access to hotel and other facilities.
The participating youngsters were divided into two groups: green for beginners and red for advanced drivers. Rashid lined up with the green group but soon it was clear his level was good enough for the reds and was duly promoted to the group which was for the older drivers.
Lessons over the four days focussed on: rolling start procedure, wet driving skills, safety on track and being respectful of flag rules. Rashid excelled with flying colours, in both the theoretical and on track training elements of the course.
Raffaele Giammaria said afterwards, “Rashid is very good boy, he was attentive to the activities and he shows good independence and confidence, in particular at an emotional level, and although he is very young he could easily mix it with the older boys.”
“He has good driving sensibility, considering his very young age and he did not show any problems to understand the exercises. He was able to do correct lines and made very good use of the circuit.”
“Initially he had problems in the unfamiliar wet conditions, but he focussed and lap by lap he improved a lot. He was also very respectful of the flags and signals, which is a good sign.”
“Rashid is very young but has great opportunities to improve because he drives a great deal, and with good coaching he will improve even more. Again because he is very young the important thing is for him to have fun without pressure,” concluded Giammaria in his assessment of the Abu Dhabi schoolboy fondly referred to as Little Alonso.