University of Malta Racing in partnership with Malta Motorsport Federation

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:37

Malta Motorsport Federation (MMF) together with Island Car Club (ICC) have reached an agreement to assist the University of Malta (UoM) Racing team in the preparation for the Universities Formula Challenge in Silverstone UK.

MMF was cordially invited by University of Malta Racing (UOMR) for a general briefing of their racing car project. During the visit, MMF was also presented with the positive results achieved so far by UOMR participation in the Universities Formula Challenge.

Due to the lack of a Racing Track facility in Malta, UOMR could not have access to a proper track and gather data which will help to improve their performance. MMF approached Island Car Club (ICC) to assist who immediately agreed to offer a package, to the UOMR team, where 3 of the UoM drivers would be able to participate under the guest class of the 2018 National Hill-Climb Championship. This would allow 3 UoM drivers to become eligible for the compulsory MMF National Racing License. With the MMF National Racing Licence, UoM Racing drivers would be able to race their UoM Formula Style car, under guest class during the 2018 National Hill-Climb Championship season. This would provide a better testing platform to UoM Racing Team to better test and tweak the Formula Style car by getting the necessary readings to ensure that the car is ready for the 2018 Universities Formula challenge which will be held in Silverstone Circuit in UK.

MMF President Tonio Cini stated that ‘the Federation was impressed with the energy and stamina of this young and energetic team, especially when one considers the time and effort these students put into while at the same time keeping up to date with their studies. Even though working on a limited budget the results are very promising. Thanks to this agreement with MMF and ICC, the UoM Racing team would be able to tweak more the racing vehicle, whilst hoping for more positive results in the upcoming competitions.’

Nicholas Sammut, UOMR President stated that “Through this partnership between the MMF, ICC and UoMR, the team will benefit in various ways. Access to tracks will allow us to gather data by having more running time on a track which is comparable to that in competition. Also, exposure to the motorsport community will allow us to build relationships and communicate with experienced enthusiasts, on both a local and international level, who are involved in motorsport who can offer us their expertise and knowledge ”

The engineering aspect of the team is also key to the UoM team, and to assist the knowledge growth, the MMF will be working with UoM to get 3 of their team members into the Erasmus Project with the scrutineering and engineering team at circuit event to allow them to have hands on experience and discussion with engineers from the GT and Formula series and then through to Supercar and Street cars category.

The MMF and ICC wish UoMR the best of luck in their efforts, while believes that this approach is one in many to bring youngsters towards the world of Motor Racing.

All University of Malta Students are invited to participate in the UOMR Driver Selection Program. Anyone interested should register through the following link

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