Rashid powers to victory in the ROK Challenge Italy at Adria Raceway
August 8, 2017
After winning the Trofeo Adria Raceway and the ROK Finale in Castelletto di Branduzzo, Rashid Al Dhaheri notched up another impressive victory in the Campionato Triveneto Aci Karting ROK Challenge Italy at Adria Raceway Karting on August 6.
The nine-year-old Emirati battled with drivers from numerous different countries in the Mini class (8-12 years), for the top spots on the grid during qualifying.
Rashid managed the qualifying intelligently and at the end of the session the Babyrace Driver topped the timing sheets in pole position for the pre-final. Following a gripping fight against drivers as old of 12, he achieved second place in a photo-finish ending, losing to P1 by 0.035 seconds.
Following on from the exciting pre-final the Abu Dhabi schoolboy started the Final from P2, a difficult starting position in the outside line of the track. Rashid dropped back to fourth after the start but fought hard to regain the lead.
The battle for the lead was tough with many overtakes but the young Emirati talent remained calm and focused to cross the line in first position overall, setting the best lap overall in the Mini ROK category along the way.
On the podium the youngster was delighted to achieve his third victory in Italy in as many weeks edging him ever close to the Mini 60 top drivers.
Babyrace Driver Academy’s team manager Sandro Lorandi said: “Rashid is always taking a step forward. He is among the youngest on the team yet he continues to impress with his professionality, maturity and his pace. We are convinced he will steadily progress through the various karting categories and achieve important success in his future.”
Al Dhaheri said: “I am very happy and proud of my victory today. It gives me goosebumps listening to the UAE’s national anthem when standing on the top spot. Both races were tough because there are many top drivers able to keep a very high pace. I was very focused on the last laps of the Final to win. Thanks so much to all the Babyrace crew and to everybody who is supporting me.”