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, Birel’s President and promoter of the Easykart Trophy who said of Rashid being the first non-European driver to be accepted into the programme: “For 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.”

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10 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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Good. laps .. for redding.. Marquez out...

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but really..top material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

MM 93

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Redding and Iannone can beat Marquez they just don't get competitive bikes

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

Joe Barker a fond memory. Can’t believe how empty it looks!

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13 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
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Maybe that won’t see this sunday, I’d rather watch all the riders fighting for the victory. ✊🏻🏍

Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Cmt giữ chức

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!


From 2013 ride same bike. Omg. I never meet coward person in motogp like this. All want to see u wc with weaker bike like a aprillia, ktm, suzuki or yamaha. Not ducati. Ducati strong now no need you

And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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15 hrs ago


Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

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More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

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Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

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