Cassar, Camilleri and Butler outright ASM Winners

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12:10


On Sunday 25th March ASM organised the last events of Autocross and Motocross races which brings us all to the Easter festive season. A Demolition for small cars concluded the day’s program.

Patrick Cassar on his Opel Corsa won all the 3 qualifying Heats and the prestigious Class A Finals though driving in a counter-clockwise direction on the ASM Tracks is not his favourite.

The Start line grid of this Class A Autocross 9 laps race which covers almost 10 km distance was as follows:- 1st placed was Vince Farrugia on a VW Polo, next to him was Christian Calleja on an Opel, Melo Zammit on an Escort lll, Cassar Patrick on his Opel, next to him was Christian Galea on his Ritmo and Josef Abela on an Opel Nova.

Cassar and Galea drew great attention of all present while on the start-line. Both took the lead ahead of the rest but Cassar manage to gain a very small advantage over Galea for all of the 9 laps and gained a larger gap over the other competitors in this race. Cassar had lots of pressure from Galea’s Ritmo who also managed to drive side by side but Cassar was driving on the best side of the racing line on track. Both drivers drove very close to each other right to the Finish Flag but Cassar was determined to win this race to narrow the championship points gap to Galea. Both drivers showed all excellence in Autocross high speed circuit driving.

Cassar and Galea were followed by Zammit and Calleja while Calleja lost his place to Farrugia’s VW Polo during the 3rd Lap. Calleja also lost a position to a foul placing from Josef Abela who was warned for his un-sporty deed which also cost Abela 3 penalty points.

The Class B Finalists were Keith Borg on a Nova, Matthew Agius on a Fiesta, Guzi Pace on an Escort, Mario Scicluna on an Opel and Philip Grima on an Escort Mk.lll. Scicluna and Borg had a very good start. So did Guzi Pace but in the 1st right hander he lost control of his rear end of the Escort and slightly obstructed Matthew Borg and Agius from progressing on. Scicluna and Keith Borg progressed on while Grima followed in 3rd place a placing he held to the 5th Lap when he was forced to  retire due to an engine failure. Matthew Borg from 6th place manage to overcome Agius and Pace and advanced behind his cousin Keith who finished in 2nd place behind Scicluna’s Opel Corsa.

Clayton Camilleri on his KTM 250cc won all the three races of the Class A Motocross. Carmel Borg placed 2nd to Clayton in all the races on his Suzuki RMZ. Paul Muscat made pressure to the leaders but he placed close by too in 3rd overall on his KTM bike. Stefan Dimech placed 4th overall also in Class A.

James Zahra also won the three heats of Class Bahra was followed by Gozo rider Joseph Bigeni and Charles Borg who finished the 3 heats with one point ahead of Turu Micallef. Though Turu  made a good start in the 2nd heat ahead of Zahra and Borg, he had pressure from  Bigeni who passed him right on a few meters before the finish flag. After the 3rd race, Zahra finished 1stOverall, and Bigeni and Borg finished in 2nd and 3rd Overall respectively.

After all Autocross and Motocross races were completed the Mini Car demolition proceeded. Unfortunately some things went wrong with a number of competitors and only 5 cars made it to the ring. Yet, it was a great race and a great show to watch by all present. All cars suffered much punishment during the over 15 minutes race. The race went on between a Skoda and a Mazda driven by father Francis and son Leo Butler whose car seemed to be a little better than his father’s car though he even broke his steering wheel control. Leo showed superior driving and was declared winner on this car Demolition race.

Another Big Car Demolition is scheduled to be run on the 30th June during a Saturday Night Special Event.

Next Autocross 13th event and the 6th event for the Motocross will be held on Sunday 15th April from 11.00am.

One can see the Car Demolition footage on http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gSyj8uDrisU and the Autocross footage on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym81agBD3UE&feature=relmfu

 

 





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