Ian Fenech & Sacha James wins Endurance Race 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 23:22

Note:This article has been published in both English and Maltese
Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

On Saturday 30th July evening ASMK organized the ‘Once a Year Autocross Endurance Race’. This is an Autocross race where drivers can team together to drive the same car over the ‘One Hour Long’ trace. This year edition 8 teams with 16 drivers registered for this event but only 6 teams with 12 drivers participated in this race.  At around 9:00pm the Autocross Track at Ta ‘Qali looked significantly different under artificial lighting. All of the 6 Starting Cars were lined up to start at the strike of the Hour while several Officers of ‘Malta Records’ were on sight and following carefully that all regulations of this race were being scrupulously observed. At the GO sign all cars drove off along the one kilometer track hoping for the best that their vehicle will survive the punishment of this Hour long race.

The starting line was composed of Angelo Galea and Dexter Bianco on Peugeot 106, Quin Camilleri and Rodner Bianco on Peugeot 106, Katrina Zammit and Steve Micallef on Renault 5, Ian Fenech and Sacha James on Citroen AX, Carlo Mifsud and Darren Magro on Ford Fiesta and Brandon Lee Vassallo and Dennis Vassallo on Peugeot 205.

Right from the Start we could notice that the teams adopted different strategies. Some made mildly fast laps while others took advantage of any clear spot and raced as fast as they could. One could also note that each pitstop lasted the equivalent of 2 Laps on the track. Ian Fenech together with Sacha James on Citroen AX ahead of Mifsud together Magro on Ford Fiesta was among those who started registering fast Laps. All cars were maintained and re-fuelled by a small team in the pits while racing was still in progress.

At the strike of the Hour plus One Lap the Lap-Sheets were again inspected by the Malta Records Officers. They declared Ian Fenech and Sacha James as the Winner by registering 87 Laps on Citroen AX. The 2nd placed Ford Fiesta driven by Mifsud and Magro covered 86 Laps. Katrina Zammit and Steve Micallef on the Renault 5 placed 3rd Overall by covering 70 Laps. Brandon Lee Vassallo and Dennis Vassallo on Peugeot 205 managed to place in 4th place though they experienced problems at the end of the race and lost valuable time they covered 64 Laps. The Quin Camilleri and Rodner Bianco Team on the Peugeot 106 covered 23 Laps and finished the race in 5th Place followed in 6th Place by Angelo Galea and Dexter Bianco Team on Peugeot 106 covered 19 Laps both last 2 teams had to retired early in the race due mechanical problems.

Meanwhile, the Association is currently preparing for the third edition Autocross in Gozo event in aid of Arka Foundation. This event will be held for the first time in Gozo Horse Racing Assciation Track in Nadur Gozo on Sunday 11th September 2016. For more information one can visit the website of the Association www.asmk.org.mt or the social site Facebook called ASMK Malta or email info@asmk.org.mt.

Photo by Mario Micallef

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Malti

Ian Fenech u Sacha James jirbħu it-Tiġrija tas-Siegha 2016 

Nhar is-Sibt li għadda 30 ta’ Lulju 2016 l-Assoċjażżjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi organizzat l-attivita Autocross Endurance Race 2016 li ssir darba fis-sena. Din hija tiġrija li ssir mis-sezzjoni Autocross għalija ir-reġistraw 8 Tiemijiet b’16 il-sewwieq fejn għall ħabta tat 9:00pm il-korsa Ta’ Qali inbidlet taħt id-dawl artificjali u saru l-preparament biex tibda din it-tiġrija ta’ siegha sewqan bil-karozzi Autocross.

Diversi Uffiċjali tal-Malta Records li kienu fuq il-post segwew bir-reqqa r-regolamenti kollha ta’ din it-tiġrija sakemm kollox kien klarifikat biex tkun tista’ tibda din it-tiġrija li għaliha kompetew 6 karozzi li magħhom ħadu sehem 12 il-kompetitur.

Fuq li-starting line rajna lil Angelo Galea u Dexter Bianco fuq Peugeot 106, Quin Camilleri u Rodner Bianco fuq Peugeot 106, Katrina Zammit u Steve Micallef fuq Renault 5, Ian Fenech u Sacha James fuq Citroen AX, Carlo Mifsud u Darren Magro fuq Ford Fiesta u Brandon Lee Vassallo flimkien ma Dennis Vassallo fuq Peugeot 205.

Mat tluq ta’ din it-tiġrija rajna diversi attiki kif kull team kellu jadatta għal din it-tiġrija min beda bil-mod biex jibza għall karozza u min beda b’saħħtu mill-ewwel. Fost dawk li bdew jirreġisraw fuq quddiem rajna lil team Ian Fenech flimkien ma James Sacha fuq quddiem segwit mit-team Mifsud u Magro fuq Ford Fiesta. Dawn dejjem zammew posthom sa l-aħħar bit-timijiet tagħhom jieħdu ħsieb dak kollu li jkollom bzonn matul dik is-siegha tat-tiġrija.

Rizultat finali spiċċa biex it-team Ian Fenech flimkien ma James Sacha rebah din l-attivita ghal-ewwel darba fejn matul is-siegha rnexilu jirregistra 87 dawra b’dan ir-rizultat ma rnexilux jissupra ir-rekord tas-sena 2014 ta 89 dawra.  Dan kien segwit mit-team Mifsud u Magro fuq Ford Fiesta li għalaq is-siegha b’86 dawra filwaqt li t-tielet post intrebaħ mit -team ta’ Katrina Zammit u Steve Micallef fuq Renault 5 li rreġistra 70 dawra. Fir-raba post spiċċa t-team Brandon Lee Vassallo u Dennis Vassallo li minkejja il-problemi lejn l-aħħar ta tiġrija spiċċa biex għamel 64 dawra. Fil-ħames post daħal it-team ta Quin Camilleri u Rodner Bianco li rnexxielu jagħmel 23 dawra filwaqt li fis-sit post spiċċa team Angelo Galea u Dexter Bianco b’19 il-dawra dawn l-aħħar zewġ timijiet spiċċaw jirtiraw kmieni mit-tiġrija minħabba ħsara teknika fil-magna.

Intant l-Assocjazzjoni ħabbret li għat-tielet darba ser tkun qed torganizza l-attivita f’Ghawdex bis-seżżjoni Autocross fejn għal l-ewwel darba ser tkun qed tiġi organizzata fil-Korsa taż-Żwiemel fin-Nadur Għawdex l-attivita ser issir nhar il-Ħadd 11 ta’ Settembru 2016 u bħal ma ġara f’snin preċidenti l-attivita se tkun f’risq il-Fondazzjoni Arka. Aktar informazzjoni fil-website Uffiċjali www.asmk.org.mt.

Ritratti ta’ Mario Micallef

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Gallery

Bidu tat-tiġrija

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It-Team rebbieħ ta' Ian Fenech u Sacha James fuq Citroen AX

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Mifsud & Magro Team on Ford Fiesta

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Team Katrin Zammit u Steve Micallef on Renault 5

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Vassallo Team on Peugeot 205





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