The Malta Independent 19 January 2020, Sunday

Pisani, Micallef, Vella win the ASMK Autocross

ASMK Malta Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 19:54 Last update: about 2 months ago

This coming week of the Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi is going to be a very busy one. On Friday 13th December 2019 ASMK is to continue both with the National Motocross 2019/2020 Championship and on Sunday 15th December 2019 ASMK is to continue with the  Wotomoto Enduro National Championship 2019/2020. The Motocross event starts at10.00am at the Ta' Qali Sports Complex but the Enduro of Sunday 15th will be held in the Fawwara quarry and starts at 10. 00am. 

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Meanwhile on Sunday 8th December 2019 the Association organized the second Autocross National Championship 2019/2020 event sponsored by Pasta Poiatti where 20 competitors registered in the Modified or in the Standard Class.

During the day's three Heats Andrew Pisani on his Vauxhall Nova won all of the day's Heats thus he secured his place in the Class A Final Race. Karl Micallef on his Opel Corsa, the Fiat Punto of Noel Zammit, Jean Paul Grech on his Peugeot 106, the Ford Fiesta of Ryan Scicluna and Kurt Aquilina on an Opel Corsa also qualified for this Final race.

Right from the Start of this final the finalists sprinted together but it was Micallef who took the helm of the race followed by Pisani and Grech close bye. The final went on lap after lap with the racers making use of the Joker Lap. During the third Lap Micallef withdrew because of a damaged front wheel and Grech took his place with Pisani and Sicicluna following close. The attention turned on the first two competitors who were running together. In his last lap Grech took the Joker Lap and held his placing. But shortly before race end Pisani found the occasion to take the lead and crossed the Finish Line. The final result shows Pisani taking the win followed by Grech and Scicluna. Fourth place was won by Aquilina and by Micallef.

For the Final of Class B the starting line was composed by Justin Buttigieg on an Opel Nova, Ivan Birmingham on a Suzuki Swift, Noel Vella on a Ford Fiesta, Nicolai Aquilina, Karl Curmi and Gilmor Cauchi all on Opel Corsa cars. From the Start of this 9 Laps race Vella was seen to take the lead and hold his placing to the Finish Line. At the Start Vella was followed by Aquilina and by Buttigieg. In the fourth Lap Aquilina's car developed a fault and had to retire while Buttigieg improved his position and still followed by Birmingham. In the last part of the race Birmingham was also forced to retire due to an engine mechanical damage. So the final result stands to declare Vella as the winner and followed by Buttigieg and Curmi. Fourth place was won by Cauchi. 

The Standard Class final competitors were Jerom Peplow on a Kia Avella, Joseph Micallef on an Opel Nova and Melvin Buttigieg on his Citroen AX. During the whole race Peplow followed Micallef to the race Finish. 

The next Cars event is to take place on Sunday 22nd December. On this Special day which is also the last event for the year 2019, the day's program starts at 10.00am. The Autocross Heats and Finals finish at around 3.00pm when ASMK is holding the 24th edition of the Big Car Demolition Derby with 46 cars, starting at 3.30pm.

More information can be found on the website of the Association www.asmk.org.mt or Facebook page with the name Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi. One can also make contact by email [email protected] or Mobile 9942 5489Photos by Mario Micallef


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