Record Turnout for Ta-Penellu Sprint

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 23:28

By Jan Sammut.

Last Sunday saw a record number of Motorsport enthusiasts assemble under a glorious spring sun to compete for honours in the Island Car Clubs third race of the season.

73 entries ranging from budget stripped out projects, to beautifully sculpted carbon fibre race cars took turns to roar up the hill, thrilling the numerous spectators who assembled to watch what must be one of Malta’s most burgeoning sports disciplines.

The day started off a 9 am sharp, with the first runs showing that despite the modest resurfacing efforts made recently, the mid corner undulations in the fast upper section were still present, unbalancing the cars and giving drivers a hard time to keep their cars on the racing line at speeds of over 150 km/h.

The final standings showed a remarkable performance by many production cars, a few of them posting better times than some single seaters, the most notable of which was David Galea in his Stone Art sponsored Subaru Impreza, who was the fastest production car in Group 2, followed by Joseph Cutajar in his Escort and and Edward Calleja, in his Honda Powered Lotus Elise, the latter 2 contestants in the full modified Group 3.

Dr Anthony Bernard was 2nd fastest in group 2 while the fastest group 1 entrant proved to be Jonathan Tonna, again in a Subaru Impreza, sponsored by Forch tools & Consumables.

Overall honours went, for a remarkable third time in as many races, to Hubert Camilleri, sponsored by Mclaren Garage/Virtu Ferries/Silkolene followed by Alan Curmi of J&J Curmi and in third place Steve Zammit Cutajar, sponsored by Varta.

Despite the large number of novice entries, the day passed with minimal incidents, apart from a couple of harmless spins, resulting in nothing more than bruised egos and valuable experience, evidence that safety standards imposed on all competitors are reaping dividends.

All contestants managed four runs, a logistical triumph for the organisers, and a treat to the spectators, who witnessed over a hundred runs in a single session.

Next race will be held at Xaghra Gozo on the 23rd May. More information can be found on

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