Cassar and Bonello dominate ASM Autocross and Trials

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 21:34

On Sunday 26th February ASM-Pasta Poiatti organised the 1st Trials Championship event after a 10 year break. 15 Trials riders are competing in Classes A and B. This event started at 9.00am and was followed by the 10th event of the competitive Autocross races.

Trials in itself is a motorcycle sport riding over various natural or man-made obstacles and penalty point are gained during the rider’s performance in all the particular sections. Yet, if a rider falls or abandons his bike, he gains the maximum of 5 point. The day’s event was based on 6 sections carefully selected for Class A and B riders. Each rider had to do these sections 3 times in rotation with other competitors.

In the 1st two sections, Veteran and Coach John Bonello on a Gas Gas bike were leading the event with Gary Bonello on a Montesa, both with 14 points. After Section No. 4 Damon Bonello and Robert Caruana both on Gas Gas bikes and Debono took the lead with 22, 25 and 30 points resp. Sections 5 and 6 were dominated by Damon Bonello and he won overall in Class ‘A’. Robert Caruana and John Bonello placed 2nd and 3rd place resp.

A number of novices participated in Class B with less challenging and less daring sections. Competition was high and up to section 2, Wayne Zahra made Clean runs on his 260cc Gas Gas. Wayne was followed by David Dimech on a Gas Gas and Rowen Bonello on a Beta. Now it was Dimech who performed Clean Passes up to the 5th Section and gained only 7 points to the finish. He was followed by young Rowen Bonello and Jonathan Camilleri with 25 points each. The first 3 winners of each section were presented with trophies by Mr. Frans Deguara ASM President.

Soon after mid-day, the Autocross drivers performed their Pre-Race Practise sessions and all commenced to the 3 qualifying laps. Patrick Cassar made his come-back by winning the 3 Heats and dominated the six car Class A contestants. Cassar on his Opel took the lead over Christian Galea Fiat Ritmo right from the start to the 1st right hander and held his position to the chequered flag with a marginal distance over the rest. Galea and Melo Zammit close to each other were leading ahead of Manuel Muscat who was driving a VW Polo instead of his Corsa. Christian Calleja who joined Autocross only some months ago held well to the continued pressure from Malcolm Borg on another Opel Corsa. All the six drivers demonstrated excellent driving and sportsmanship on the tracks loose surface throughout the 9 laps of this Final A race.

In the Class B final, Philip Joe Vella battled hard for the lead with Matthew Borg both on Opel Nova. After the 2nd Lap Borg overcome Vella’s Opel. Some distance back Brian Azzopardi on a Ford Ka was battling with Mario Scicluna’s Opel for a number of laps. Soon the race was dominated with mechanical failures. Vella’s Opel slowed due to a mechanical failure and Azzopardi took 2nd place which soon was forced to retire completely due to mechanical failure. Scicluna took advantage of such situation and was driving in 2nd position towards the race finish while his transmission broke and he was forced to retire completely too and left 3 cars only on track. The race finished with Borg winning outright and he was followed by Philip Joe Vella and Mario Scicluna in 2nd and 3rd place resp.

ASM next event which includes Autocross and Motocross races is scheduled for the 11th March 2012. First race starts at 11.00am. Official Practice Sessions will be held on Saturday afternoon.



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