Karting Dubai: Rashid Al Dhaheri makes history in Italy

Karting Dubai: Rashid Al Dhaheri makes history in Italy

Rashid Al Dhaheri with UAE flag celebrates on the podium in Italy after an historic day for UAE motorsport

Rashid Al Dhaheri made history on Sunday when he became the youngest ever Emirati racing driver to win a race on the international stage as he powered to victory in the Birel EasyKart Trophy at a round of the Italian National Karting Championship in International Circuit of Castelletto di Branduzo, south of Milan.

At the age of 6 years and 40 days the Abu Dhabi primary schoolboy took the victory in race one of the ‘bambino’ category. Rashid – popularly known as the UAE’s ‘Little Alonso’ – was the youngest in a field of 35 drivers in the 6 to 8 age group.

After two days of practice, where he racked up over 250 km on the tricky Circuit of Castelletto, Rashid drew fourth place on the starting grid for Sunday’s race from where the youngster made a great start, fighting his way to the front and claiming a historic victory for him and also UAE motorsport.

In race two Rashid had to start from 31st on the grid, but this did not deter him as he knuckled down to deliver another gutsy performance which saw him end up tenth and overtaking 21 drivers during the course of the ten minute race.

At the end of the day’s racing Rashid, with the UAE flag draped over his small shoulders and sporting a proud smile, received a standing ovation as he received the winner’s trophy for his efforts in the first race.

Rashid’s weekend started with intensive training on a circuit which he had never seen before, however he impressed his Italian technical team with his ability to quickly adapt to the new track and hit the correct racing lines with ease, while showing prodigious determination and speed – all factors in his racing style that are fast becoming his trademarks.

Rashid’s performance, particularly at Castelletto, has impressed important figures in the Italian karting community including ex-Formula 1 driver, Ferrari GT works driver and team principal Gianmaria ‘Gimmi’ Bruni who welcomed Rashid into his team and declared: “I am happy to help Rashid in his racing career path. Since I met him first time I saw passion and determination in his eyes.”

“I had the opportunity to watch him testing recognising a great potential that can be improved step by step. He is still young but if this will be his destiny I am pleased to take him in the right direction,” added the Gimmi Bruni Racing team principal.

Rashid’s father, Ali Al Dhaheri said of the latest development in his son’s career: “We are sure that Gimmi Bruni’s vast knowledge and outstanding experience in motor sports will be an asset for Rashid to learn and grow. We are very proud of this new association.”

With summer now engulfing Europe, Rashid’s programme will step up a notch as race weekends take place every three weeks, with the next round of the Italian Kartding Championship scheduled to take place at Pista Cogiskart di Corridonia, on the outskirts of Rome from 6 to 8 of June.

Final word to Ronni Sala, Birelโ€™s President and promoter of the Easykart Trophy who said of Rashid being the first non-European driver to be accepted into the programme: โ€œFor us it has been the first time we had the opportunity to welcome such a young driver from a country outside the European Union and we are very glad to accommodate him. We are sure that his different experience will be important for Italian participants and vice versa.โ€

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1 hr ago

F1

How cool is this?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜
Drone footage of the new MCL35 - McLaren ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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Just highlights how gash that new final complex is at Barcelona They should go back to the original last 2 corners for better opportunities to overtake after the final turn

A Drone faster than a MCL ๐Ÿค” 2020 won't be a good year for McLaren..

Really amazing footage, specially at low speed corners at the chicane.. wow !!

Been thinking about why not f1 and others have integrated this yet? Helicopter shots are great but this is another necessary dimension.

SUCH a cool shot! I want more of this!!! That poor McLaren was really waiting on the drone though! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I would love to build a copter that can easily keep up with F1 and shoot proper vid. If someone covers the costs that is ๐Ÿ˜‰

Williams will be green with envy looking at the drone ๐Ÿ˜

Drone shots would be good, but what happens when the signal fails and the drone drops on the track. Or theres a mechanical fault and the drone drops on track. Or the battery runs out and the drone drops on track.

That should be a sport! Drones racing around an F1 circuit. Did you see that cornering?

We need this type of footages live on race days. "Wheel to wheel" battles might look cool from this angles...

Drone didn't respect the track limits , 5 sec penalty

Drones are very fast. Especially the ones are custom made can easily catch an F1. Maybe not a full 300kmh but up to 200kmh. All in bling of an eye.

More impressed at the skills of the drone pilot ๐Ÿ˜‚

Fantastic, it would be nice if it were broadcast like that. how exciting that sound. Beautiful MacLaren, and that sound, it's really good to hear

How can a drone keep up with an F1 engine? It's the most advanced technology in the history of the planet...comon...

That needs to be how they cover the races on television. That is spectacular and definitely entertaining.

Carlos driving the McLaren...maybe Lando is driving the drone๐Ÿค”. McLaren's children are still playing, for sure๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I vote for drone cameras for the starting grid for lights out!

Mclaren should change its name to 'Welostalready'.

Ive been flying drones over Open Wheelers for 3 years now. Just finished TRS 2020. We've done both live stream and record for post shows.

Is this a preview of "Formula Drone"

Think the drone was beyond track limits there...

This make it looks slow... keep copter view when skyview is needed

Wow! Would be great if they add this view while broadcasting.

Is it just me or is does the power unit sound different to last year?

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2 hrs ago

24H Series

VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8's at:

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น: 1x 12H Monza,
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น: 1x 24H Portimao,
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ: 2x 24H Barcelona and
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France!

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #12hmonza #24HPORTIMAO #9hpaulricard #24hbarcelona #12himola #24hseries2020
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VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8s at:

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น: 1x 12H Monza,
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น: 1x 24H Portimao,
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ: 2x 24H Barcelona and
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France! 

#thisisendurance #24hseries #12HMONZA #24HPORTIMAO #9HPAULRICARD #24HBARCELONA #12HIMOLA #24HSeries2020

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Great news! This little pretty car is a nice presence in series ๐Ÿ‘

3 hrs ago

MotoGP

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Suzuki starts from maiden pole!
๐Ÿ’ข Sasaki tangles with Garcia!
๐Ÿ” Arbolino edges ahead!

Watch the eventful early exchanges as #Moto3 arrived at Misano in 2019!

#SanMarinoGP ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
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Tutondele papa a foto diaku diambote

nice

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