Rashid Al Dhaheri, one of the UAE’s most exciting karting stars has been selected to represent the UAE at the 17th edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals from October 15 to 22, 2016 at the Circuito Internazionale di Napoli in Sarno, Italy.
The eight-year-old Abu Dhabi schoolboy last year became the youngest Emirati driver ever to compete on the world stage, and now becomes the youngest UAE driver to be invited to the Rotax Max Grand Finals.
Al Dhaheri made his Rotax MAX debut at the recent Al Ain Raceway Invitational challenge last month where he impressed with his pace finishing third in the Micro Max class, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Fausto Ippoliti, the technical director for the Al Dhaheri Team in Italy during the Grand Finals week, said: “It is a great honor for Rashid to be representing his country on such a big stage. I have no doubt he will rise to the occasion.
“Despite his young age Rashid has the rare ability, to adapt to all conditions and find the limit of whatever kart he drives with ease.
“This will be a fantastic experience for him, where he will learn a lot and hopefully even surprise some of the older and more experienced drivers.”
Al Dhaheri will be part of a contingent of UAE who will contest the 2016 Rotax MAX Grand Finals with the aim of bringing home silverware.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella was forced out of contention from a pulsating Grand Prix of Liuzhou with technical issues after 17 of the race’s 50 laps and his demise carved a clean path for Ahmed Al-Hameli of the Emirates Racing Team to claim a stunning victory on the fifth round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship on Monday afternoon.
A delighted Al-Hameli last won a round of the series in Doha Bay in 2012, but the Emirati delivered a superb performance from pole position on the Liu River course to fend off a superb challenge from double World Champion and series leader Philippe Chiappe to record his stunning win.
Carella’s second successive disappointment gives the Team Abu Dhabi driver an uphill battle to now win the 2016 UIM F1 H2O World Championship for the fourth time.
The Italian trails series leader Chiappe by 25 points, with 40 points available at the remaining two rounds in December. Team-mate Thani Al-Qamzi delivered a solid performance in the second DAC boat and reached the finish in sixth position.
Double World Champion Sami Selio remained in title contention with the final podium position and Shaun Torrente of the Victory Team stayed in second place in the Drivers’ Championship, albeit 13 points behind Chiappe.
Team Abu Dhabi lost further ground in the UIM F1 H2O Teams’ series, with the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team now leading by 11 points from Mad Croc Baba Racing.
Rashed Al-Qamzi extended his lead in the 2016 UIM F4-S Championship to a commanding 36 points with four races to run, courtesy of an excellent 3.63sec victory in the second of the races on the Liu River.
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that our man Denzil Pinto could not turn down but by the looks of it maybe wishes he did.
To celebrate the launch of BBC Worldwide’s partnership with streaming service Starz Play, meaning UAE viewers can now catch up on Top Gear, Denzil was taken round the track by presenter Chris Harris.
Racing at incredible speeds in the
Denzil has previous, he was once the co-pilot in a Red Bull Air Race plane in one of the most terrifying assignments our journalist’s have undertaken.