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Dhaheri wins race with dominant performance
From Our Abu Dhabi Bureau November 08, 2016
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ABU DHABI: Rashid Al Dhaheri, the UAE’s most exciting young karting star, took home a convincing victory in the first official IAME X30 UAE championship race at the Dubai Kartdrome recently.

The Emirati school boy took home the winners’ trophy with a dominant display in the Cadet Class (8 - 12 year olds) featuring drivers from UAE, South Africa, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, France and the UK.

Rashid started his race weekend covering approximately 200 km in testing at a hot and humid Kartdrome in preparation for race day.

In qualifying he was hampered by back-markers during his final flying lap, but managed to qualify in second place overall.

Good start

In Heat 1, Rashid made a good start and took the lead almost immediately.

Thereafter he set the pace at the front, increasing the gap over second place with each lap and crossed the finish line 7.285 seconds ahead of 2nd place, setting the fastest lap in the process and the tone for the rest of the day.

Young Rashid powered to victory, in a similar manner, in both the Pre-Final and again in the Final setting the fastest lap in both races, a comfortable 5.5 seconds ahead of second place.

“It was not an easy race day for Rashid, who was the youngest driver in the field and even though he started on the outside in Heat 1, he put in an almost flawless performance, taking an early lead and staying there until the end,” said Team manager Italian Fausto Ippoliti on Rashid’s performance at the race.

“The rest of the day was a great racing experience for Rashid in terms of race management, staying focused and maintaining a good gap over his rivals while taking care of his engine at the same time. He ticked all the boxes from lap one to the chequered flag. Great racing,” added Ippoliti.

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