Abela & Zammit wins the Race Last Sunday‏

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 10:43

On Sunday 30th March, Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi organized the 11th Autocross event of the ASMK – Pasta Poiatti National Championship.


A look into the day’s events run on an excellent damp track surface throughout the day. No driver won all his three Heats on the day. Yet the competitors for Class A were Christian Mark Galea on a Fiat Ritmo, Melo Zammit on his Ford Escort, Josef Grech on a Ford Fiesta, Gordon Johnson on his Peugeot 205, Philip Joe Vella on a Vauxhall Nova and Vince Farrugia on a Volkswagen Polo.


From the Start Johnson, Zammit, Galea and Grech made an excellent launch together for the first 200 meters. Following the first right hander Johnson took the lead ahead of Galea and Zammit while Grech and Farrugia battled behind. The pressure on the leaders was high when suddenly in the large curved track area Johnson lost one of his front wheels and obviously retired. Galea took the lead ahead of Zammit and Farrugia. Farrugia added pressure on Galea’s Ritmo for a couple of Laps when Galea engine died of a mechanical failure and halted along the track. Zammit held his lead to the Finish while Farrugia and Grech followed in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Vella finished in 4th place.


Class B finalists were Jason Martin on a Volkswagen Polo, Ryan Scerri on an Opel Corsa, Josef Abela on his Vauxhall Nova, Philip Grima on his Ford Escort, Kurt Sammut on a Ford Ka and Malcom Borg on an Opel Corsa.


Abela, Sammut and Scerri made a very good start but it was Abela who took the lead at the first corner ahead of Sammut and Scerri while Martin and Borg battled at some distance back. Martin resisted the pressure from Borg to the Last Lap when Borg managed to overtake Martin to the Flag. Abela won his first race of the season. Sammut and Scerri followed in 2nd and 3rd places while Borg finished ahead of Martin in 5th place.


The Gozo Autocross Finals was run between three drivers. Domenic Zammit made a very good start ahead of Joseph Agius and Joseph Vella both on Fiesta cars. Some meters before the 2nd lap was concluded Agius passed Zammit and held his position all along the race to the Finish Flag. Zammit and Vella finished in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.


ASMK wish to express the gratitude to thank Onor. Dr. Stefan Buontempo for his success in the post of Parl. Sec. for Research, Innovation, the Youth and Sport. ASMK welcomes Onor. Chris Agius in his new posting and wish him success.


Next races for Autocross and Motocross will be held next Sunday 6th April. First race starts at noon. Practice sessions will be held next Saturday afternoon from 2.00pm at the ASMK Sport complex at Ta Qali. More information is available at www.asmk.org.mt

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