On Sunday 22nd May ‘Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi’ organized the tenth event of the ASMK Pasta POIATTI 2015/16 Championships. This event included the Autocross and the Motocross races which are becoming more competitive as we are approaching the end of another competitive season. The stress is more pronounced especially in those categories which are yet undecided.
During the day the Autocross Standard and Modified categories competed for three heats and in an anti-clockwise direction which is also a bit faster than usual. In the Modified category Chirstian Mark Galea only won all heats of the day on a Fiat Ritmo to seal his place in the final Class A. Johnson Gordon qualified together with Malcom Borg both on Opel Corsa, Andrew Pisani on a Vauxhall Nova, Karl Micallef and Godfrey Gauci both on a Ford Fiesta formed the lineup.
Right from the Start of this final we saw a good launch by Galea and Johnson to the first corner where Galea took the helm of the race final followed by Johnson and Micallef. During this final we witnessed excellent driving and competitive sports to the end of the race. Half way through the focus turned on Borg and Johnson who have been making pressure to advance their position. Johnson managed to overtake on Galea in the secong Lap and took the lead and was followed by Galea and Micallef. This latter was put under pressure by Borg until Borg managed to pass over Micallef and Galea who appeared to have developed some kind of technical fault which cost him to loose some placings. Soon this race came to an end with Johnson registering his first Class A win of the season. Johnson was followed by Borg and Galea. Fourth place was won by Gauci. Pisani and Micallef in fifth and sixth places.
The Final Class B lineup was composed of Jurgen Mallia on Honda Civic, Josef Abela on his Opel Nova, Joseph Micallef on his Opel Corsa, the Vauxhall Nova of Keith Borg, James Micallef on his Opel Corsa and the Ford Fiesta of Ryan Scicluna. From the Start of this final race Joseph Micallef and Abela made a very good launch with Micallef taking the lead followed by Abela and Scicluna. The focus turned on Abela who was making pressure on Micallef who managed to pass infront of Micallef to the end of the race. This Class B final ended with Abela registering his first Class win of this season followed by Micallef and Scicluna who maintaining their positions right to the end. Fourth place finisher was Borg while James Micallef and Jurgen Mallia retired before the finish due to some technical malfunction.
In the Final for the Standard Category the starting line was composed of Karl Scicluna on Peugeot 106, Nicovich Chircop on Peugoet 206, Traydon Bailey on Ford Ka, Deane Farrugia and Ian Fenech both on a Citroen AX. On the Start all cars group together but it was Chircop who found a slot to take the lead for a lap or two. Farrugia and Fenech followed close behind. Chircop who was driving his first race ever had his lead short lived as Deane soon took the lead followed by Fenech. Farrugia held his position to the Finish Flag making this race his fifth win this season followed by Fenech and Scicluna. Bailey finished in fourth place followed by Chircop.
Although the Motocross race today had a small competitor’s attendance yet they performed great skills during their two qualifying races. Camilleri brothers dominated the Class A while as was again expected Class B was again revamped and dominated by Gozo Riders.
The Class A two heats were won by Clayton Camilleri on a KTM motorcycle. He was in combat with his brother Kyle for quite a number of laps but before the finish Kyle succumbed to the pressure of Clayton. During the secong heat Clayton continued on his success by winning this race ahead of all but he was always followed by brother Kyle.
In Class B we saw that Mario Cauchi on a Honda motorcycle continued to defend his lead in the Championship and title in this class. He managed to win both heats on the day. Mario was always followed by Jorn Stellini on a Kawasaki and Matthew Zammit on a Yamaha. Cauchi also continued to repeat his success of the day by also winning the Open Class MX category. Stellini and Zammit followed in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
Meanwhile during the end of this week the Association has various Riders committed to racing outside the country. Six Enduro Riders will be taking part in the 20th edition of the 2016 Red Bull Hare Scrambles held in Erzbergrodeo between 26th and 29th May. The Maltese riders in this event are James and Wayne Zahra, Gary Debono, Matthew Gauci, Ian and Joseph Scicluna. In this edition the organizers are expecting about 1500 Riders from around the world. Though this is the second experience for James and Matthew, the other riders will be experiencing their first experience.
Meanwhile during this weekend the ASMK Association will be having two more riders competing in Drag Racing in UK. Both riders have been awarded International licenses to the two Riders to be able to compete in the F.I.M. Drag Racing Championship starting in Santa Pod in England. As Glenn Borg and Shawn Buttigieg are members of the Maltese MDRA. ASMK is the only local Authority that can issue these International licenses for Malta’s motorcyclists. Glenn Borg on a Suzuki Hyabusa Top Fuel Drag motorcycle is to drive in the highest class of motorcycle racing, Glenn will be racing in the F.I.M. Top Fuel Class where they can run the Standing Start Quarter Mile in the 6.5 seconds bracket at Santa Por Race Way in England.
Shawn Buttigieg on another Suzuki Hyabusa motorcycle will be competing again in the Super Street Bike Championship Cup (SSB) in the European Championship launched by F.I.M.- Europe Federation. Both riders have already been running in these races abroad in Europe and have won positive results in the Drag Racing Sport. They are doing their best and are doing everything possible to continue to making success and make a name for themselves and for Malta in front of tens of thousands of spectators in England . This program starts on this Thursday with the Practice Runs and the Official Elimination races will be held on Friday 26 May to Monday 30 May. We wish them good luck and success as they have acheived in previous years in these Championships.
The Association wish success to all competitors competing abroad and representing Malta during this weekend. For more information one can visit the website of the Association www.asmk.org.mt or facebook pages named A.S.M.K. Malta or Association Sport Motorcycles and Cars. One can make contact by email email@example.com