Impressive performance for the opening race at the highly competitive WSK Open Cup
Lonato Italy – 29th October 2019: Young Emirati racing champion Rashid Al Dhaheri made a strong start in the first round of the WSK Open Cup, as he surged up the positions achieving a second-place finish at one of his favourite tracks, the Circuito South Garda Karting in Lonato, Italy. Taking place on a frenetic weekend of racing 24th October – 27th October, he competed against the 100 best drivers from 51 countries around the world in the 8-12 Mini category.
Rashid’s quest to add another trophy to what a stellar season for the young Emirati has been, initially got off extremely well in the Elimination Races with three first place and a second place.,
At the start of the race, and despite of his position as sixth on the grid due to the penalty he got for a jump start at the final qualifying heats, Rashid quickly got inside on the first lap and moved up to fight with the front contenders. Ranked fourth on lap three, he moved up to the third position by the end of lap five. In lap 9, Rashid broke through and with an excellent manoeuvre surged ahead to second position. From there, he defended hard, with a frantic battle to the wire, and held firm from a tough challenge and crossed the finish line in second place by the finest of margins.
Rashid said: “I am happy to have broken through to second with such a challenge against such top young drivers, moving ahead from my position on the grid to the front was challenging. This is one of my favourite tracks and getting on the podium here always represents something special for me. I hope to build on this first podium and position myself for getting the WSK Open Cup.”
Coach and ex-Formula 2 Champion, Italian Fausto Ippoliti, was on hand to support Al Dhaheri throughout the three days and summed up: “Rashid’s tenacity and drive to keep working in the face of challenges is what sets him apart. This is the winning attitude and spirit that has provided him with the ability to achieve championships and his continuation of this approach will contribute to more wins in the future.”
The race took place on the renowned 1,200m South Garda Karting Track in Lombardy Province, Northern Italy, known as one of the most important tracks of its kind in the world. Having first opened in 1988, the circuit has been recently renovated and widened to provide a fantastic fun ride for adrenaline-fuelled racers. As it is one of the most famous racing tracks worldwide, elite drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have all raced there.
Round 2 of the WSK Open Cup will take place at the International Circuit 7 Laghi, at Castelletto di Branduzzo – Pavia on 7th-10th November.
Rashid joined Parolin Racing Kart at the start of this season for World Series race participation including the WSK Karting series in Europe, Italian Championship and many others. Parolin Racing Kart specialises in racing and rental karts, components, accessories and engines. Parolin’s innovative spirit and creative approach in finding new technical solutions has helped it to widen a presence worldwide. The company is now known extensively as one of the most important and youngest kart manufacturers.
Rashid will compete in another race next weekend as he participates in Trofeo Delle Industrie.