UAE’s Rachid Al Dhaheri continues the 2021 racing season with another important victory on April 25 at the distinguished “WSK Super Master Series”.
This victory adds to his substantial results this season, where Rachid has already claimed 4 (out of 5) victories in World Karting Series competitions and triumphed in 2 (out of 2) Championships in 2021, making him the man to watch in the OK-Junior class.
After proving himself to be the fastest man in the pouring rain two weeks ago, this time Rachid had to prove himself on a dry track against 88 of the best OKJ drivers from 33 countries at the famous South Garda karting track, which literally became the “Center of the Karting Universe” from April 22 to 25.
This time, the race drivers felt double the pressure as they battled for a win in the fourth final round of the Super Master series for the reputed championship title.
After a fifth place finish overall, the five qualifying heats were dominated by Al Dhaheri’s consistency, maturity and team spirit, which allowed Rachid to get off to a good start by finishing first, putting himself in pole position for the pre-final. Rachid started the 17-lap pre-final from the top spot and maintained that position until the checkered flag was raised.
The crucial 17-lap final opened and Al Dhaheri started from pole position, first facing two difficult laps and even dropping to 4th position. The main competitors fought hard for every inch on the karting track, keeping a close eye on the possibility of winning the championship.
The spectators could feel the tension and pressure, but Al Dhaheri proved that he was not only very fast on the track but also had a very strong mindset. He remained calm throughout the race despite heavy pressure from all sides, but with great concentration and unique driving skills, Rachid was able to win the hard fought lap by lap battles overtaking his opponents and moving up from 4th to 1st position which he defended with great determination from lap 4 until the checkered flag.
Al Dhaheri’s kart number 355 crossed the finish line with a gap of 0.960 seconds over his closest competitor (GBR) and the Emirati passionately threw his arms in the air to celebrate his double triumph.
After the UAE flag was raised and the UAE national anthem was played, Al Dhaheri received not only the victory trophy of the 4th round of the WSK Super Master Series, but also the title of the “2021 Championship” that he had already won in the “Mini” category (60cc engine) in 2019.
During the official media interviews, an apparently excited Al Dhaheri said, “I am very happy to win both – the Championship and the race – and I am very proud to repeat my 2019 success, but this time in a tougher and more challenging category. I’m grateful to my team and everyone who supports me.”
Coach and former Formula 2 champion Fausto Ippoliti said, “The WSK Super Master Series championship is a very difficult title to win, only some of the best race drivers in the world – like current Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Antonio Giovinazzi – have achieved this title in the past.
Rachid can get this iconic title for the 2nd time after his 2019 success, of course now in a much more competitive OKJ class. Rachid’s extreme self-motivation, self-discipline, passion and hard work have paid off. The whole team is extremely proud of Rachid’s achievements, it’s an incredible result.”