Rashid Al Dhaheri completed the third week of his intensive Italian summer karting adventure by competing in the Nazionale Easy Kart at the Pista South Milano in Ottobiano, in Italy, on the weekend of 12-13 July 2014.
The Abu Dhabi schoolboy was part of a strong field of 33 up and coming young drivers, in the age group of 6 to 8 year olds, taking part in the final Nazionale Easy Kart programme. The aim is to train Rashid, and other kids, so that they familiarise themselves with the various race tracks and racing procedures, such as rolling starts and competing in big fields, before promotion to the fully fledged Italian National Championship.
Rashid has developed an impressive ability to learn race tracks quickly and efficiently, and this played in his favour as he showed remarkable pace from the moment he was let loose on the challenging Pista South Milano for Saturday practice.
With grid positions determined by lucky draw, Rashid was allocated 30th place on the grid, out of 33, for Heat 1. Being down the field did not deter the youngster, but rather inspired him to a rousing drive through the field to finish fifth.
In Heat 2 – the UAE’s Little Alonso – started from fourth, and early on moved up to second, before digging deep into his race craft and pouncing on the last lap of the race to claim victory and another visit to the top spot on the podium.
Rashid’s participation in the ACI CSAI Federal School programme the previous week, where he drove more powerful 60cc Parolin karts, paid dividends during his weekend at Ottobiano, as his performances were of the highest level.
Spokesperson for Rashid said: “We are really proud of Rashid ‘s performance at Pista South Milano, where he showed a great maturity along with clever race craft in racing conditions. In the final race he created a gap to the pack behind, before setting his sights on the leader. Fighting for the top position and ending up the winner.”
“Rashid at six years and three months of age was again one of the youngest drivers in the field, where he competes against drivers up to the age of eight who are bigger and stronger, hence his performance at this level is nothing short of outstanding.”
Rashid will now have a well earned, and deserved break, before returning to action in September.