The young contestant climbed onto the podium at the end of the experiment after winning an encouraging prize in the tournament, which saw the participation of 14 teams and dozens of contestants of all ages, with small racing cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, and others that underwent modifications.
After winning the award, Mansour spoke to “Sky News Arabia” with childish enthusiasm, saying: “I loved racing through my father. He is my role model. I feel happy while driving my small car, and I have a desire to participate in all local and international competitions.”
The child rally prodigy is Ibn Tariq Al-Erian, one of the most prominent names in the desert racing world. He has captured many local championships over the past 12 years, as well as his international achievements, including winning second place in the 2012 World Championship, and fifth place in the Aragon Spanish competition, then reaching the center. Eighth in the world ranking.
Al-Erian said in his statements to “Sky News Arabia”: “He is happy with my son’s steps in the rally. This is the second time that he has had an interesting experience. The first was in the El Gouna championship last December, two days after completing his fifth year.”
The Egyptian rally champion used to accompany his family to the various tournaments in which he participated throughout the year, which contributed to his son’s inheritance of the love of racing cars. Al-Erian explains to Sky News Arabia, noting that he realized early on his interest in this world and his desire to participate during official events. .
Children were not allowed to join the racetrack in local rallies, but last year, the organizers of the Republic Championships allowed entry into a new junior class that includes contestants between the ages of 5 and 16, according to Al-Erian, who immediately began training his son well so that he could join To the command.
Al-Erian tells Sky News Arabia: “I bought a racing car that was specially made for young people. We brought it from the United States, and we went to desert areas to teach Mansour the art of driving and how to deal with all elements of rally.”
“His heart became more attached to rallying, and this was evident in his diet during training,” he goes on, looking proudly at his son on the podium. “He wonders a lot about the skills that should be acquired first and how to achieve the best level while he is in the races.”
Concerning the concerns of some children about the participation of children in races characterized by dealing with hills, pits and the possibility of a car capsizing, Al-Erian asserts that there is a commitment to strict rules of safety and security factors for all participants, all of which are in line with the requirements of the International Automobile Federation FIA.
The father of the youngest rally driver added to “Sky News Arabia”: “My son wears a 6-point safety belt, a tight-fitting face mask, clothes to protect him in the event of a collision, and a fixed chair with a force that does not move, and around him is an iron cage to prevent the car when the car capsizes, and they have the seals of the International Federation. “.
Al-Arian, who sits next to his son during the race, continues: “Everything is done with precision and calculation, and I am in the car with him. I play the role of the captain’s assistant (the navigator), I direct him the necessary advice to finish the experiment well and without the occurrence of crises.”
Inside the race track, Youssef Sabry, from the jury of the Republic Rally Championship, was observing the movement of all cars and drivers to assess the appropriate performance of their performance, which helped him to get closely acquainted with Mansour’s talent. He tells Sky News Arabia: “I have been working for 10 years in In that profession, I have never seen a child drive his car so skillfully. “
The man in his fifties added: “We were surprised by his young age and good abilities. He moves confidently on the track and has emotional stability that helps him to behave in a good way with inhibitions. We all watched him cross a high plateau professionally and without rush.”
Sabri confirms to “Sky News Arabia” that sitting next to the father is a necessary step, explaining that he does not drive, but supports the son by virtue of his extensive experience in this field, and gives him confidence in completing the race and dealing with the pressures he encounters during rallies.
The long-serving player in rally arbitration points out that the Republic Championship also witnessed the emergence of another 11-year-old child, considering that step a good indication of the sport’s popularity in recent times and the interest of various segments in it, and the interest of Egyptian families in learning their children for this enjoyable sport.
Al-Aryan picked up the thread of the conversation again to thank the audience who attended the tournament and was keen to encourage the young champion, confirming to “Sky News Arabia” that their chants for his son are the biggest motivation for him to achieve achievements in the rally race in Egypt and the world.
The father reveals to “Sky News Arabia” that his two-year-old daughter wants to join the family in the desert races, but he is waiting for her to reach a suitable age in order to participate, explaining that the rally is a sport that deserves more attention in Egypt so that she always remains in the forefront.