Rashid brings home more trophies from Italy

Rashid with the UAE flag on the Jesolo podium


30 September 2014

  • Win and second place for UAE’s Little Alonso
  • Another impressive showing from the Abu Dhabi schoolboy

Rashid Al Dhaheri enjoyed a successful weekend at the Pista Azzurra di Jesolo, in Italy, where he scored a win and a second place in the Parolin Academy Championship for 6 to 10 year olds on the weekend of 27-28 September.

At six years of age the UAE’s Little Alonso is one of the youngest in the series, and despite this has established himself as the pace setter in the highly competitive Italian junior category. Apart from his prowess on track young Al Dhaheri, the only non-Italian boy in the series, is winning friends and fans during every outing.

He has established himself as a a UAE ambassador while flying the his country’s flag with pride, while always sporting a wide smile – an amiable and modest trait which is fast becoming his trademark.

At the Jesolo track, near Venice, the Abu Dhabi schoolboy once again delivered an impressive performance where he was unbeatable in all practice sessions before powering through a strong field in Heat 1 from 17th on the grid to second place.

In Heat 2 he started third and delivered a slick display on his way to victory. During the course of the weekend he completed a total of 16 sessions, amounting to approximately 200 km of on-track action.

Fausto Ippoliti, Al Dhaheri’s team manager, summed up the two days in Italy, “I am really satisfied about the weekend, we worked on the chassis and gradually improved the setup on his kart. Rashid kept on improving his driving style on the very technical track of Jesolo. He again proved his maturity not only on track but also in his head avoiding the crashes and doing nice overtaking.”

October will be a busy month for Al Dhaheri who will once again journey from Abu Dhabi to Jesolo, near Venice, for a double header weekends for the Lignano Grand Final Easy Kart (17-19 October) and a few days later the Parolin Champion Kart Grand Final (25-26 October) – two international status events which will attract both junior and senior top kart drivers from around the world to Jesolo.

The schedule and choice of venue suits young Al Dhaheri just fine as he pointed out: “Jesolo is my favorite track because it is fast and technical at the same time.”

More of the large silverware beckons for the big smiling, little race driver…

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