H.E. Dr G. Abela visits ASMK at Ta’ Qali.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 12:40

Cassar and Pisani win ASMK Autocross. 

The 2nd Autocross event of the ASMK Pasta Poiatti National Championship was held on Sunday 27th October at the Ta Qali Race Circuits. The day’s program included races by Gozo Autocross drivers and a non-championship motocross event.


At about 1.00pm H.E. Dr George Abela President of Malta arrived at the ASMK circuits where He was welcomed by ASMK President Mr. Frans Deguaraand Secretary General Mr. Johann Pace. Soon He noticed the races in progress on tracks by both the cars and motorcycles too from the paddocks and from the Control Room where he met the ASMK Officers and other members. Though this was His first visit on site ASMK has always held its annual appointment for organizing a Special event in aid of MCCF during Christmas time and also has met several delegations including ASMK Officers and drivers at San Anton palace.


With all members present ASMK President Mr. Frans Deguara thanked H.E. Dr Abela for his visit and presented him a cheque collected during the 19thannual event in aid of MCCF.  H.E. Dr Abela during his short speech expressed that he was very pleased with the organisation and stressed that all members should never forget the Association’s motto ‘AHJAR DELIZZJU MILLI VIZJU’. Later H.E. inspected one of the competition cars, that  of Guzi Pace with regards to the safety gear contained in the vehicle and the driver too.


As racing progressed one could feel the high competition between the drivers present. Patrick Cassar who returned to the sport in this event won all the three qualifying Heats for the Class A Finals. So did Vince Farrugia on his VW Polo.  Gordon Johnson on a Peugeot 205, Christian Galea on his Fiat Ritmo, Malcom Borg on his Opel Corsa and Carlos Mifsud on a Ford Fiesta also qualified for the Class A Finals.


Cassar and Johnson made an excellent start and took the lead with Mifsud following but was overtaken by Galea in the second lap. Soon all spectators drew their attention to the latter group where Farrugia was pressing hard and passed on Mifsud. Borg also started pressing hard on Mifsud but later was forced to retire due to a mechanical failure. Cassar, Johnson and Galea won the first three places of the seven laps race.


Klass B starters were Mario Scicluna on an Opel Corsa, Andrew Pisani, Matthew Boeg and Philip Vella all three on Opel Nova cars, Godfrey Gauci on a Ford Fiesta and Godwin Martin on an Opel Corsa.


From the start Borg, Pisani and Vella took the lead to the first Left hander. Pisani took the lead ahead of Scicluna and Borg but Scicluna had to retire from the race soon after. Borg took 3rd place ahead of Gauci and Martin when all were pressing hard to overtake any competitor but it was Vella who overtook on Martin. The 7 lap race ended with Pisani winning this class. Borg and Gauci placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Domenic Zammit won his Gozo Autocross class ahead of Joseph Agius on a Fiesta and Christian Apap. Joseph Vella placed 4th overall. These Gozo Autocross drivers drive cars based on the same Autocross rules. A Standard class is expected to commence by next January when a number of drivers are expected to compete in this low budget class.


The Motocross riders performed a Non-Championship race. Clayton Camilleri riding a KTM 250cc won 2 Heats and a 2nd place gaining 72 points. Paul Muscat also riding a KTM offered much pressure on Camilleri on several laps but finished 2nd overall with 69 points. Edward Ciantar riding a Kawasaki 250cc placed 3rd with 55 points and is constantly improving in his riding habits.


Class B Motocross was dominated by young rider Kyle Camilleri. Kyle rides an 85cc Suzuki RM but despite his smallest capacity bike’s engine and also being the youngest of all he performed so well and succeeded in winning his three heats on the day with 75 points. Pierre Jourdon riding a KTM 150cc won second with 65 points and Peter Sammut riding a Honda 125cc placed 3rd with 56 points.


Next event is scheduled for the 10th November when a Mass is said by ASMK Chaplin for the repose of souls of ASMK deceased members. All members and relatives are invited to attend. Racing starts at about noon.

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