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Second consecutive win for Dhaheri in Italy
From Our Abu Dhabi Bureau May 25, 2016
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ABU DHABI: Eight-year-old Emirati, Rashid Al Dhaheri continues to fly the UAE flag high in one of the most competitive junior series’ in Italy taking the top spot for a second week in a row in the Rookie Category of the 2016 Parolin Championkart series.

 Despite starting the final race in P7, Rashid put in a gutsy performance which saw him make his way through the field to claim top honour at Pista Rioveggio near Bolgna, Italy, on Sunday.

 In a grueling 3 days of racing Rashid completed over 40 sessions and around 250 km, alongside 100 other drivers amidst constantly changing track and weather conditions.

As a result, qualifying on Sunday proved to be a challenge for the Abu Dhabi schoolboy who had to settle for P9, albeit only half a second adrift of the pole position time - indicating just how close the field is in the Championkart series.

 In the Pre-Final Al Dhaheri moved up three places to P6 at one point before dropping back to P7 as a result of a technical issue.

Starting the final in P7, Al Dhaheri put in an almost flawless performance, staying out of trouble while retaining a blistering pace throughout.

He fought his way to P3 overall, in a tense and exciting race, and with it claimed the top prize in the Rookie Category for a second successive week.

 “It was not an easy race weekend for Rashid.

It was a new track, with tricky weather conditions which kept changing from session to session; we also had a few technical issues on Sunday morning before the final race.

However despite all these challenges Rashid kept cool throughout and delivered great performance,”  said team manager and ex Formula 3 champion Fausto Ippoliti.

 “We are extremely happy with his performance this weekend, yet again he showed incredible maturity and focus for his young age.

This is a very competitive series and Rashid is the youngest driver in a field of more experienced, older drivers so to achieve third place overall and P1 in the Rookie Category after starting in the middle of the pack is a fantastic result.” added Ippoliti.

 Al Dhaheri and his team return to action, in the 2016 ChampionKart series, on  June2  at the Circuito Internazionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia in Lignano, Italy.

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