Abu Dhabi schoolboy, Rashid Al Dhaheri ended the 2016-2017 UAE IAME Cadet Championship in style, dominating the final day of the season at RAK Track in Ras Al Khaimah to claim his second Championship title this year after claiming Dubai ‘O’ Plate Champion in January 2017.
Al Dhaheri started race day on RAK Track by claiming pole position on a very slippery track, posting a best time which was half a second quicker than the next best in the Cadet class (8-12 years).
However, it was not smooth sailing, due to irregularities in his pace during the formation lap he was relegated to the last row of the grid. This set back only served to inspire Rashid who dug deep and delivered an impressive performance in the opening laps, picking off his opponents one-by-one as he made his way to the front, eventually winning the race by over four seconds.
In the Pre-Final and Final, the young Emirati made no mistakes, powering across the line with an eight second lead in both races to claim maximum points on the day and the UAE IAME Cadet Championship title.
The nine year old summed up this season’s IAME Cadet finale: “I am really happy to take this IAME Championship Cadet title home with me. Winning the race and the championship at the same time is a very good feeling. Thanks to the RAK Track for organising a great series, to my family, my sponsors and to my team for the support.”
Team Manager Fausto Ippoliti commented: “It was not an easy race day for Rashid – he was among the youngest drivers in the field and he started on the slippery outside of the track, each time but he managed it well to take a deserved victory.”
“The kart setup was tricky with the constantly changing weather conditions. I am glad we found the setup to match his driving style allowing him to showcase his skills and claim the victory. He stayed focused from lap one to checkered flag and ended a great season of racing on a high.”
While the UAE season has now come to a close, Al Dhaheri will be racing in Europe again this year in various high-level junior championships. He will participate in 15 races over the next couple of weeks with the highly rated Italian BabyRace team, with his next outing scheduled to be at the first round of the 2017 Italian Championship, at Lonato, on 30 April.