Rashid Al Dhaheri worked hard to claim victory at the UAE IAME X30 Championship round 4 at Al Forsan, in Abu Dhabi, winning at home making the victory sweeter for the Emirati schoolboy.
From the moment the Cadet’s set out for qualifying it was clear that the track was slippery with conditions varying constantly from rain to wind with lots of sand on the track, which when coupled to traffic, did not make life easy for Al Dhaheri. Nevertheless he managed to set the second fastest time in the session.
In the Heat race he made a good start to take an early lead, but incorrect setup on his kart due to constantly changing weather, resulted in him finishing fourth.
Undeterred by the result and fired-up to make up lost ground, Al Dhaheri bounced back in the Pre-Final despite getting caught up in a first lap confusion, where he could not avoid an accident happining just in front of him loosing precious time on the lead. Rashid recovered well to claim second place while chasing the leader all the way to the finish line, setting the fastest lap in the process.
Starting from second place in the Final, again on the dusty outsideside of the track, Al Dhaheri was instantly at the sharp end of the field battling for first place during the early laps before making a break to take victory, by 2.4 seconds.The youngster relishing the win in front of his family, including his young sisters for the first time.
Team manager Fausto Ippoliti summed up the day, “It was not an easy race for Rashid, who was the youngest of the field. Rashid was clearly the fastest boy on track setting up the fastest time of the day by more than 0.3 sec on his closest competitor. Starting on the slippery outside in all the races did not help his cause, but he managed well to take a well deserved victory.”
Al Dhaheri added, “Winning at my home track is always a great feeling! The start and first few laps were really important, so I stayed concentrated and focused on my driving to create the gap.”
The Abu Dhabi lad is mixing his UAE karting season with another campaign in Italy and will next be in action at the WSK Super Masters Series Round 2, at Castelletto Di Branduzo in early March which is reputated to be the toughest level in the world for the 8-12 years old category.