8 Maltese Drivers competing abroad

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 17:01

Gavin Muscat

Eight Maltese drivers’ members of the Island Car Club will be competing in 59th edition of the Chiaramonte Gulfi hill climb in Ragusa in Sicily this weekend. The drivers are, Joe Anastasi on Mini Cooper 1500cc, Darren Camilleri on Reynard 903 Suzuki 1300cc, Edward Calleja on Lotus Elise Honda 2000cc, Captain James Dumford, on Radical PR6 Suzuki 1400cc, Jesmond Mangion on Lotus Elan Cosworth  2000cc, and his son Ryan Mangion on Ford Escort Mk1 Turbo 1600cc, Mark Micallef on Radical Club Sport Suzuki Turbo and Noel Galea on Escort MK2 Vauxhall 2000cc

This is not the first time for the Maltese drivers to be competing in Sicily and they are not short of success stories at Chiaramonte, in the 58th edition last year Mark Micallef finished the race, 12th overall when he was racing an Osella Honda owned by Catapano Corse. Edward Calleja, Noel Galea, Joe Anastasi, David Anastasi and Chris Tanti won their respective classes last year. Joe Anastasi also won his class in the three consecutive races in 1980, 1981, and 1982 where he competed against 30 competitors.

The hill climb in Chiaramonte is very challenging for all drivers and especially for Maltese drivers as it is 5 times longer than the hill climbs they are used to race in in Malta. Chiaramonte  Gulfi is 5.5 kilometres long while the longest in Malta is 1.2 kilometres. This means that they have to prepare their cars much better as well as their level of concentration. The Maltese drivers will be racing against another 150 Italian drivers in different classes.

The race is being organised by Team Palike of Palermo, an organisation that really treats and welcome the Maltese drivers for its events. To be able to race in this Hill climb the Maltese drivers got an international racing licence as well as a technical passport for their vehicles issued by the Malta Motorsport Federation.

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Gallery

Darren Camilleri Reynard

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Edward Calleja Lotus

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James Dunford Radical

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Jesmond Mangion Lotus

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Joe Anastasi Mini

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Mark Micallef Radical

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Noel Galea Escort

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Ryan Mangion Escort





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