The Malta Independent 24 June 2019, Monday

Autocross: Zammit, Aquilina, Buttigieg dominate; Moto Enduro race in Fawwara on Sunday 20th January

Friday, 18 January 2019, 09:53 Last update: about 6 months ago

Johann Pace

On the Sunday 20th January 2019 Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi will be organizing the (2nd) second meeting of the WotoMoto 2018/2019 National Enduro Championship. This event will be held at Fawwara quarry and the event begins at 10. 00am.

Meanwhile on Sunday 13th January 2019 the Association held its third event of the 2018/2019 National Autocross Championship sponsored by Pasta Poiatti. This event with Autocross cars was held at the ASMK Sports Complex of Ta' Qali and began at 10.00am. 15 competitors divided into the Modified and Standard Classes raced the challenge.

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During the day in the Modified Class Joseph Micallef on his Opel Corsa dominated the Heats by winning two Heats from the three available so he assured his place in the Class A Final. The drivers who also qualified for this class were Melo Zammit and Terence Azzopardi both on Opel Corsa cars, the Ford Fiesta of Ryan Scicluna and Noel Zammit on his Fiat Punto.

From the Start of this final we saw Noel Zammit making a very good launch ahead of Micallef and Scicluna but during the second Lap Melo Zammit made use of the Joker Lap and took the lead bur all were wondering what was to happen if Micallef and Azzopardi takes the Joker Lap. The challenge continued between all the competitors did their best during this hot race Final. Towards the end of this race we saw Azzopardi taking the Joker Lap followed by Noel Zammit and both drivers gained one placing each. Besides all this Melo Zammit won this race Final while his Opel Corsa engine switch itself off due to engine damaged only a few meters away from the Finish Flag. Melo was followed by Azzopardi and by Noel Zammit while fourth place finisher was Micallef and Scicluna finished in fifth place.

In Class B Final saw to Ivan Birmingham on his Suzuki Swift, Joseph Spiteri on his Opel Corsa, the Opel Nova of Richard Spiteri, Nicolai Aquilina on an Opel Corsa and the Ford Fiesta of Theo Micallef.

From the Start of this Final we saw Micallef making a good start and taking the helm of the race followed by Aquilina and Joseph Spiteri. In the first round have seen the finalists make use of the Joker Lap where Micallef and Joseph Spiteri were the first drivers who took advantage of this Joker Lap to further increase the gap to the other competitors. During the fourth Lap Birmingham made use of the Joker Lap and finished ahead of Joseph. During the fifth Lap leader Micallef engine developed a fault in the cooling system and had to withdraw from the race. Thus Aquilina took the lead and secured this placing to the race finish. The race was won by Nik Aquilina a young driver who competed in Autocross for the first time. Ivan Birmingham won 2ndplace and Joseph Spiteri finished in 3rd place. Fourth place was won by Richard Spiteri while Micallef finished fifth.

The Standard Start Line was composed by Jerom Peplow on his Kia Avella, Nicovich Chircop on a Peugeot 106, the Citroen AX of Melvin Buttigieg, Kyle Agius on his Opel Nova and Quinn Camilleri on a new Citroen Saxo. From the start we saw a fast launch by Chricop along side with Agius but Chricop took the helm of the race after the first right turn while being followed by Agius and Buttigieg. Shortly after the first corner we saw Agius making slight contact with the rear of Chricop's car and this resulted in the latter over-turning off-track his Peugeot. This move made the referee suspending Agius from the race. Following this accident Buttigieg took the lead ahead of Camilleri and Peplow. Following this accident there were no changes in the drivers placings so the result sheet shows Buttigieg winning the race ahead of Camilleri  and Peplow. Chircop was placed In fourth place.

ASMK would like to inform interested parties that ongoing preparations for a Lady Drivers  Only Demolition Derby are on-going. Prospective women drivers are invited to attend a meeting which is going to be held on Thursday 24th January 2019 at the National Sports School in Pembroke and starts at 8.00pm.

More information can found on the website of the Association www.asmk.org.mt or Facebook pages named A.S.M.K. Malta or Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi. One can make contact by email [email protected] and Mobile No. 99425489.

Photos by Mario Micallef

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