Zammit wins the Autocross Modified and Vella wins the Standard Class

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:20

On Sunday 21st January 2018 the Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) continues with the Motocross National Championship 2017/2018 sponsored by Honda . The event is to take place at the sports complex of ASMK at Ta’ Qali and starts at 10: 00am.

Meanwhile on Sunday the Association organized the fifth event of the National Autocross Championship 2017/2018 sponsored by ASMK and Pasta Poiatti . This event consisted of Autocross races with Modified and Standard cars. For this event 21 competitors divided in both the Standard and Modified classes registered for this competitive event.

Gordon Johnson on his Opel Corsa along with Vince Farrugia on a Volkswagen Polo won all the Heats of the day and secured their place in the Class A Modified Final Race. Other drivers who also qualified were Karl Micallef on a Ford Fiesta, the Fiat Punto of Noel Zammit, Jean Paul Grech on his Peugeot 106 and the Opel Corsa of Ryan Scerri.

Right from the start of this final, Johnson and Farrugia made a quick launch where Johnson was seen to take the helm of the race at the first corner of the curvy track. Johnson was closely followed by Farrugia and Micallef. The focus turned on the first four competitors, but during the fourth Lap Farrugia’s Polo developed an engine failure which resulted him to withdraw from the race despite being in second position. Following the mishap of Farrugia, Zammit and Scerri followed Johnson and both advanced their positions. Soon Johnson was leading ahead of Zammit and Scerri but during his 5th Lap Johnson’s Opel developed a mechanical fault in one front wheel thus he was forced to continue in the race at a slow pace to the finish line. Zammit Noel managed to win this final while he was followed by Micallef and Grech.

The Modified Final Class B line was composed by Keith Borg and Andrew Pisani both on Vauxhall Nova cars, Brandon Lee Vassallo on a Peugeot 205, Gary Grech and Melo Zammit on Opel Corsa.

From the start of this final, Borg and Pisani took advantage of their good launch and soon Pisani took the helm followed by Borg and Grech. During this final each driver defended their placing to the end of the race but it was clear that Grech and Zammit battled well for third place. Pisani won this race followed by Borg and Grech. Fourth and fifth places were respectively won by Vassallo and Zammit Melo.

The Standard Class was composed by Deane Farrugia on his Citroen AX who dominated the 3 Heats of the day and won the highest points so far. Together with Farrugia also managed to qualify; Vella on an Opel Nova, Nichovich Chircop on a Peugoet 106, Kyle Agius on his Renault 5, Jerome Peplow on a Kia Avella and Godwin Mizzi on a Volkswagen Polo.

From a good launch, Farrugia managed to take the lead ahead of Vella who was followed by Chircop. During this Final the focus turned on Vella who started making pressure all along on Farrugia and Vella who managed to take the lead in the fifth lap. Vella and Farrugia held their placing right to the Finish Line. Vella crodded the Finish Line ahead of Farrugia who was followed by Chircop. Fourth and fifth places were respectively won by Agius and Peplow.

Next Autocross event is scheduled for Sunday 28th January 2018 and race starts at 12: 00 noon. Further information can be found on or find A.S.M.K. Malta or Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi on Facebook.

Photo by Mario Micallef

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