During the weekend between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th September 2016 Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) successfully organized the Third activity with Autocross cars in Xewkija Gozo. This activity was carried out with the aid of the Minister for Gozo together with earlier events organised during the year by ASMK, namely the Enduro for motorcycles held last April and this Autocross event held this Sunday 11th September.
Work on the temporary track for cars lasted one week to construct several works also conducted by government workers and the ASMK Officers. This was a made possible with good operation of all resources, machinery belonging to the ASMK and other machinery provided by benefactors and the Ministry for Gozo during this week.
The Association would like to thank the ‘Gozo Horse Racing Association’ for accepting the ASMK request to use a part of the horse track and change it into a temporary Autocross track for cars. This track was constructed for a few days only. Thanks also are given for the cooperation of the Gozo Police Corps, the Gozo Works Department, the Gozo Sports Board, Road Construction Ltd, the Water Services Corporation (WSC) and last but not least thanks to the Apap Family from Victoria who assisted in sorting any difficulties that the ASMK Officials encountered during the week of temporary racetrack preparation.
The main objective of this event in Gozo was to raise funds in aid of Arka Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of the spectators who attended to this once a year activity who contributed by their donation ASMK collected the sum of €1,020. 00. During the presentation to the race winners the ASMK President in the presence of Fr Michael Galea director of ARKA Foundation announced the sum collected in just three hours. Father Michael thanked the Association and members to this donation in aid of Arka Foundation while he also stated the daily needs to run the Foundation.
During the presentation of trophies to winning competitors the President of the Gozo Horse Racing Association Ms. Mary Mifsud and CEO of Gozo Sports Board Mr. Alvin Grech were also present. The President of the G.H.R.A. in her speech for the occasion thanked the ASMK Officers for demonstrating their ability to change the horse complex from a horse track to an Autocross cars track to accommodate car racing for both the Maltese and Gozo drivers together. Ms Mifsud said that she will continue to cooperate with ASMK officials to continue organizing similar activities in Gozo in the future.
Mr Alvin Grech said that he was pleased to see Organisations like the ASMK to contribute towards Gozo Tourism and Sports. He is pleased to assist the Gozo Sports Board towards Sports activities of this kind. He appreciated the efforts of ASMK where for the third consecutive year organized motorsport activities for cars and motorcycles in various locations around Gozo. Mr Grech expressed his thanks to all present especially the ASMK Officers who managed to convert the horse racing course into a Motorsport complex and for their excellent organization throughout the whole day’s event.
Frans Deguara President of the Association thanked all ASMK Officers, the GHRA, sponsors and helpers for the event and said if the aid is again provided the ASMK Association is determined to organize more such events for both cars as well as motorcycles in Gozo over the coming year.
In the meantime a look at the event on Sunday where 41 competitors registered for this competition. These were divided into four classes: that for Maltese Autocross drivers and another class for Gozo drivers, an Autocross Standard Class with Maltese and Gozo drivers and the introduction of an Autocross Super class for the coming season.
In the Maltese Autocross drivers we saw Godfrey Gauci on a Ford Fiesta registering the highest points of the day despite he did not win all the Heats of the day. Thus Gauci sealed his place in Class A Finals. Andrew Pisani also qualified on an Opel Nova, Philip Joe Vella on an Opel Corsa, the Ford Fiesta of Christian Mario Apap, Jean Paul Grech on his Peugeot 106 and the Opel Corsa of Terence Azzopardi. With the Start of this final Pisani was seen to take the lead up front followed by Vella and Azzopardi. The focus has gone on the last place where Gauci began advancing driver after driver and following Azzopardi who now was the leader of the course. Soon Gauci was forced to withdraw due to a technical malfunction. The Final result shows Pisani winning this race ahead of Azzopardi and Vella. Fourth place was awarded to Apap followed by Grech in fifth place.
In the Autocross Class B Final we saw Noel Zammit on the Fiat Punto win this final followed by Gordon Johnson on an Opel Corsa while Joseph Micallef on Renault 5 finished the final in third place.
In the Gozo Autocross we saw Marvin Grima on his Opel Corsa win the day’s Final event. Grima was followed by Frank Cefai on a Ford Escort while third place is awarded to Chris Sultana on his Nissan. Fourth place finisher was Matthew Saliba on a Ford Escort.
In Autocross Standard cars Final Race with Maltese and Gozo drivers grouped together we saw Ian Fenech winning this class on his Citroen AX. Fenech was followed by Quinn Camilleri on his Peugeot 106. Third place finisher was Nickovich Chircop on a Peugeot 206 while fourth place goes to Katrina Zammit on her Renault 5. Melvin Buttigieg finished in fifth place due to a spin while challenging the race leader for the Finish on his Citroen AX.
In Autocross Super Modified Class we saw the first two participants registered – Martin Godwin on an Opel Corsa won this class followed by brother Joseph Martin on his Ford Escort Mk1.
Meanwhile the Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) announced the 2016/2017 season calendar up to the end of this year. The first event is scheduled for the 30th October 2016 with the Trials motorcycles section performing their skills on obstacles. The Autocross and Motocross races at Ta Qali are expected to start on 6th November 2016. The First Moto Enduro event for Offroad enthusiasts will be held on 13th November 2016. For further information one can visit the ASMK website named www.asmk.org.mt