Young Emirati Karting Star Continues his Defence as WSK Super Master Series title holder
Abu Dhabi – Lonato – 25th February 2020: Young Emirati karting star Rashid Al Dhaheri continued a strong season with another podium finish, as he ascended the steps to be rewarded with second place in a tough competition at South Garda Karting. The race forms part of the WSK Super Master Series and part of Rashid’s defence of the world-class karting title he won last season.
There was record participation of 362 drivers representing 47 different countries all across the four categories at the South Garda racing weekend from 20th to 23rd February. Rashid raced in the Mini category flying Parolin colours, in the Qualifying heats Rashid finished fifth, then in the Eliminatory heats Rashid came in first place three times out of five. The young champion finished third in Prefinal A, following a close-run battle where he was in the lead for most of the race and just got pipped on the last lap.
The starting grid for the final placed Rashid on the third row, giving the youngster a significant task to overcome to make a mark. Once more, Rashid demonstrated his fighting spirit as he achieved a considerable feat. By the start of the first lap Rashid quickly made his move to third place and by the end of the first lap he had already advanced to first position. The youngster held firm ahead for the first four laps, then was overtaken on lap five. The battle was on.
Rashid was in hot pursuit throughout the race and kept the pack chasing behind him at bay. Considering the challenges in qualifiers and heats, Rashid had quite remarkably made the best of his starting position and was even challenging for first throughout the final. By the closing laps he was pushing hard and defended his second position well, all the while pushing the front.
Crossing the line in second, it was a job well done, as Rashid achieved a podium finish to keep himself in play for the defence of his WSK Super Master Series title.
Interviewed after the final, Rashid said: “To race out here on the South Garda track in a world-class competition is an excellent challenge to cope with and the tough race demonstrates the high-performance level of this championship. This second place keeps the team in contention for WSK Super Master series and provides a strong base to build up from. It’s all to play for as we reach the halfway mark in this championship and I will work hard to apply myself. I thank the Parolin team, my mechanic and my coach for their support in advancing our collective efforts.”
Rashid’s Italian coach, ex-Formula 2 Champion, Fausto Ippoliti said “Rashid had a challenging time in the heats and qualifiers for the South Garda racing weekend and it is testament to his hard working nature and to his skills that he turned around his earlier position to cross the line in second place. His whole approach during the final shows a positive winning attitude – this makes Rashid one of the key contenders for the WSK Super Master Series.”
The South Garda Karting track was built in 1988 and features a full-length of 1200 metres, a width of nine metres and grandstand capacity of 2000 people. The circuit is renowned as one of the most important International tracks, is CIK FIA approved and has been specifically designed to deliver an adrenaline-fuelled route.