Adrian Cauchi of Virtu Ferries starts 2012 karting season at Triscina

Friday, January 20, 2012, 12:30

by Alfred A. Farrugia

The 2011 Malta Karting Champion Adrian Cauchi is returning to the kartodromo Triscina Castelvetrano near Trapani for the inaugural race of the Sicilian Regional Karting Championship thanks to the support received from Virtu Ferries and other sponsors.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, the race engineer Aldo Vella will not be in a position to accompany the Virtu Ferries Skuderia Racing Kart Malta (SKRM) team and help Adrian set the kart to the conditions of the day. Team director Vincenzo Toscano hopes that his driver will succeed to gain another podium finish, which is not going to be easy for Adrian considering he will be by himself .

Last September, Adrian finished second in the pre-final race and third in the final race in the over 30 class at the same circuit.  He recorded his fastest lap in the pre-final race with a time of 50.708 seconds.

It remains to be seen whether Adrian will succeed to improve on such time given that the permit that the Island Karting Club had been given to promote its Malta karting championship rounds at the temporary circuit at Hal Far was withdrawn by the Malta Industrial Parks Ltd. As a result Maltese karting drivers have nowhere to train and practice their sports except at a commercial track or occasionally in ad hoc charity events.

It is ironic that Malta’s top kart racing drivers have to go to Sicily to practice their sport on a full-scale karting racing circuit. The track at Triscina is 1,280 metres long and provides quite a challenge to Maltese drivers who do not have the luxury to train there as frequently as they would have liked, or as often as the Italian drivers have the opportunity to do.

Hopefully, the budgeted amount for a new karting track at Hal Far will see the light of day some time this year, and Italian and other foreign drivers could be invited to the events promoted by the Island Karting Club.


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