Vella wins the ASMK Autocross Modified Final 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:58

Gavin Muscat

On Sunday 2 April 2017 ‘Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi’ will continue with its Motorsport events from the ASMK – Pasta Poiatti 2016/2017 National Championship. This time the Trials bikers will be organizing their third event in a quarry named ‘Tal-Qassis’ at Hondoq ir-Rummien in Qala, Gozo. The event starts at 10: 00am. Trials bikers from Gozo are invited and welcome to compete in this event as well.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 26 March 2017 at the Ta Qali Sport Complex, ASMK organized the fifth Autocross event on an Unti-clockwise track direction. For this event 27 competitors registered while being divided into two classes, that for the Modified and Standard classes.

During the Heats of the day no one managed to win all the 3 Qualifying Heats but Gordon Johnson and Philip Joe Vella both on Opel Corsa cars stood out as they were the only two competitors winning the highest points scores in the Heats thus sealing their place in the Class A 9 Laps Final Race. Jean Paul Grech on Puegoet 106, Matthew Borg on a Vauxhall Nova, Terence Azzopardi and James Micallef both on Opel Corsa cars also qualified for this Class A Final on the 6 cars Start Grid.

Right from the Start of the Final Race Vella and Johnson made an excellent Start Launch but Vella managed to take the lead up to the first corner while Johnson and Micallef followed close by. The focus turned on Johnson who was making pressure on Vella on each and every corner but Vella resisted the pressure very well from Johnson which resulted in Vella winning this tough nine Laps Race Final ahead of Johnson. Third place finisher was won by Borg who was closely followed by Micallef and Azzopardi. Grech finished in 6th palce as he had to withdraw from the race because of mechanical damage to the car.

The Class B Finals qualifiers were Karl Micallef on a Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo of Jason Martin, Ryan Scicluna and Jonathan Vella both on a Ford Fiesta, the Fiat Punto of Noel Zammit and Alan Muscat on his Peugeot 205. Right from the Launch of this final we saw a good start from Muscat, Scicluna and Micallef but Scicluna managed to to take the helm of this final. Micallef and Muscat followed very close by. Scicluna defended his place during the Nine Laps of the race while demonstrating fast and accurate driving on the dirt track surface. This final results declares Scicluna as winner and registering his first victory in Class B while he was followed by Micallef and Muscat who were battling for 2nd place throughout the 9 Laps. Fourth place is won by Martin followed in fifth place by Zammit. Sixth place was won by Vella.

The Standard Class Start Line was composed by Quinn Camilleri on his Peugeot 106, Nicovich Chircop on the Peugoet 206, Johann Vella on his Opel Nova, Massimo Borg on a Peugeot 205, the Peugeot 106 of Karl Scicluna and Joseph Micallef on the Renault 5 Campus. From the Starting Line of this the final we saw a good start by Vella and Micallef with Vella taking first place followed by Micallef and Chircop.

Meanwhile the attention turned on Camilleri who was making pressure on Chircop who managed to beat Chircop after the eighth Lap . But some meters away from the overtaking point Camilleri caught the tyre safety barrier and overturned on the track but he was lucky enough to land again on all four wheels and managed to continue racing to the Finish Line. The result of this Standard Class Final shows Gozo driver Vella registering his second win so far and followed by Micallef and Chircop in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Fourth place finisher was Scicluna followed in fifth placed Borg and Camilleri in 6th place.

The Sixth Autocross event will be held on Sunday 9th April 2017. This event is to Include a ‘SMALL CAR DEMOLITION’ for cars up to 4 meters in lenght. This Demolition is scheduled to Start at around 3.30 pm. More information one can find it on the website of the Association www.asmk.org.mt or Facebook pages named A.S.M.K. Malta or Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi. One can also make contact by email info@asmk.org.mt or Mobile 99425489.

Photos by Mario Micallef

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Gallery

Alan Muscat (Peugeot) in the lead

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Johann Vella (Opel Nova)

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Philip Joe Vella (Opel Corsa)

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Philip Joe Vella celebrating his win with his family

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Ryan Scicluna (Ford Fiesta)

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Ryan Scicluna winner of Class B

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Terence Azzopardi (Opel Corsa)

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