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Dhaheri keeps c’ship hopes alive with wins in Italy
September 30, 2015
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DUBAI: Young Emirati karting ace Rashid Al Dhaheri scored impressive wins at the famous South Garda kart track in Lonato, Italy and with it boosted his chances of claiming top spot in the highly competitive Parolin Academy Championship.

Lining up on a grid of boys between 7 and 10 years of age - wherein he is the youngest and also the only one of two from outside Europe.

Dhaheri made no mistakes during the weekend in which he covered 250km of driving on track, including pre-race training.

Technical gremlins hampered the seven-year-old Abu Dhabi schoolboy in qualifying and as a result he would start the pre-final from third on the grid. Race day morning was wet and the track very slippery, nevertheless despite the conditions Dhaheri topped the timing sheets with a confident display and thus signaled his intent ahead of the races on the day.

In the pre-final, held in dry conditions, Dhaheri wasted no time starting from third he managed a good starts and was soon in command of the race. He stayed at the front until the end to notch up his first win of the day.

In the all-important final, it was business as usual. He again powered off the line to take an early lead, withstood some intense pressure but kept his cool until the chequered flag waved.

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