WMS team gearing up to stamp their mark in UAE


Shihab Al Habsi, Khalid Al Wahaibi and Waheeb Al Kharusi ready for UAE challenge. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: The WMS backed karting team of Shihab Al Habsi, Khalid Al Wahaibi and Waheeb Al Kharusi, the next generation of Omani motorsports champions, have shown their mettle at every race in the Rotax Max challenge series so far – be it in UAE or Oman.

Guided by the legendary rally driver Hamed Al Wahaibi with support from the WMS team led by CEO Daryle Hardie and Technical Manager Chris Hodgson, the boys have been working very hard to up their game and showcase to all competitors and audiences, how good they are.

Waheeb Al Kharusi, at 16, is the oldest among the emerging trio and has shown remarkable development since he started his motorsports career this year. Recently at the Rotax Max Oman Challenge held at the Oman Automobile Association, Al Kharusi qualified and drove faster than most of the more powerful senior karts and led a fantastic race, finishing within a few hundreds of seconds of a much more experienced Emirati competitor. Commenting on his recent performances, Al Kharusi said, "I try to improve every time I am on the track. The great team of Wahaibi Motor Sports and Hamed Al Wahaibi helps me get better, each time". His goal to become the Omani Karting champion in 2014, seems to push this youth to put in that much more.

Khalid Al Wahaibi, 13 years old, during practice last week maintained pace with Waheeb and achieved the same timing. Both Al Wahaibi and Al Kharusi race in the same, highly competitive karting class, thus adding to the exciting possibility of one of the Omani boys making it to the podium at the next UAE Rotax Max challenge series race in Al Ain Sportsplex over the next weekend on 13-14 December.

10 year old Shihab Al Habsi built on his previous international wins and, by now, as has come to be expected, beat all his competitors be it Omani, Emirati or any other, in his karting class once again at the Oman Rotax Max challenge.

The prodigal talent continues to display precocious talent in the race to reach the pinnacle of motors sports – Formula One. With his kart further, fine-tuned WMS team are expecting the 'fast boy' to ensure even more wins.

Commenting on the karting trio, Hamed Al Wahaibi said, "I am happy that the highly talented Omani team of Waheeb, Khalid and Shihab are developing so well. I am certain; they will make Oman proud sooner than later".

Chris Hodgson of Al Wahaibi Motor Sports who has been involved throughout the developments this year, especially in ensuring that technically, the karts for the three boys were ready for peak performance at all times, said, "The whole team stepped up their level of competitiveness in recent rounds. To support and improve their racing level, we have been working hard on developing the boys as well as engineering the karts for peak performance. Our goal is to keep clocking up the wins in the remainder of the Series".

Commenting on the WMS strategy of fielding these three Omani boys, CEO Daryle Hardie said, "We have consciously chosen to focus on seeking out and developing sheer talent whilst using international standard quality, technically sound karts from Italy which work very well in local conditions. We are serious about, and capable of developing talented young Omanis into international motorsports stars."

The WMS Karting team has staked their intent to win since the start of the UAE Rotax Max challenge series and look forward to the encouragement and support from all the people in Oman.

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