On Sunday 8th January 2017 Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) opened the ‘ASMK – Pasta Poiatti 2016/2017’ for the Autocross and Motocross. On this day 39 competitors registered for the day’s activities. This resulted following a heavy investment on the Autocross and Motocross tracks which pleased all Drivers and Riders. The Project took three months to be finished due to the heavy damage caused by the bad weather in the last weeks.
Meanwhile, a look at the day’s event reveals that in the Autocross Classes nobody won all the 3 Heats but Philip Joe Vella on an Opel Corsa, Karl Micallef on a Fiesta and Gordon Johnson on an Opel Corsa won the highest scores of the day thus guaranteeing their place in the Class A Final Race. Terence Azzopardi and Jonathan Camilleri both on Opel Corsa cars and Andrew Pisani on a Vauxhall Nova also won a place for this final runs.
Right from the Start of this final we saw the six cars speed off to the first corner which was impossible for the six cars to pass together abreast at a speedy pace. In fact Camilleri and Pisani had to back up and continue the race from the last positions. In the meantime Johnson took the helm of the race followed by Azzopardi and Vella together with Micallef managed to overcome Azzopardi after the first Lap. But after the third Lap, Vella was seen to slow down due to a mechanical damage in one front wheel. This Race Final ended with Johnson winning and followed by Micallef and Azzopardi. Pisani and Camilleri followed in fourth and fifth places.
The Class B Autocross Final Start Line was composed of Joseph Micallef on an Opel Corsa, Keith Borg on a Vauxhall Nova, Jonathan Vella and Delia Duncan both on a Ford Fiesta, Noel Zammit on a Fiat Punto and the Opel Corsa of James Micallef. From the Start of this Final Race we saw Joseph Micallef to take the helm of the race while Borg and Zammit followed close behind. Shortly before the first corner caused Delia did a dangerous contact move with James Micallef while this latter continued the action where Delia finish off track. The referee of the day ordered Warning on both Delia and James Micallef. This Race Final continued with a good performance which resulted in Joseph Micallef winning this B Final followed by Borg and Zammit. Fourth place winner was James Micallef and Vella finished in fifth place.
For the Standard Class Final the Start Line was composed by Nicovich Chircop on a Peugeot 206, Deane Farrugia, Ian Fenech and Melvin Buttigieg on Citroen AX cars, Karl Scicluna on a Peugeot 106 and the Nova of Johann Vella. From the Start of this final we saw Farrugia taking the lead followed by Buttigieg and Scicluna. Vella drew the attention as he was making pressure on Chircop. After a contact from Vella and overtaking Chircop left the referee to issue a Warning Penalty to Vella for his actions made. The race continued with Buttigieg overcome Farrugia and leading the race to the Finish. Shortly before the end of the race Vella was making pressure on Fenech and Scicluna and for the second time Vella purposely made contact with another car and he was suspended from the race. This final ended with Buttigieg winning followed by Farrugia and Scicluna. Fourth place finisher was Chircop while Fenech finished in fifth place.
On the Motocross grid there were 14 Riders divided into the new system of classes. During this season we will have Experts Riders in Class A, Class B for Riders in Intermediate Class, Class C for Beginners and a Veteran Class for those ex-riders and veterans who wish to continue practicing this sport.
Meanwhile the Motocross Class A was won by Paul Muscat on KTM 450cc followed by David Dimech on a 450cc Honda. Trevor Muscat on KTM 450cc finished in third place. In the Motocross Class B we saw young Mark Mamo on Yamaha 125cc win this class followed by Arthur Micallef on KTM 250cc. Third place finisher was Elvin Debono on his Kawasaki. The Motocross Class C was won by Adrian Bonnici on a Yamaha 250cc motorcycle followed by Michael Sant on a 125cc Honda. In third place we saw Luke Sheldon on 250cc Kawasaki. The Veteran Motocross Class was won by Jethro Sant on Yamaha 250cc motorcycle followed by Sant. William on a 250cc Suzuki. Paul Deguara finished in third place on a 250cc KTM.
The Day’s Program came to an end with the Demolition Derby intended to take place on December 2016. This Demolition previously scheduled for the 18th December but was postponed due to bad weather on this day. This special event was attended by hundreds of spectators. This competition is held annually for the spectators to enjoy while at the same time to collect funds for charity. For this 22nd edition fourteen drivers registered to break their cars in this edition of Demolition. The competitors were Jason Magro on Hunter, Frank Butler on Lada, Larkin Butler on Hunter, Karl Mizzi on Lada, Leo Butler on Volvo, Marlon Caruana on Ford Escort, Wayne Mallia on Volvo, Kevin Barbara on Ford Escort, Mauro Cassar on Lada, Matthew Mallia on Volvo, Clint Farrugia on Volvo, Kane Pisani on Toyota Carina, Emanuel Fenech on Proton Sage & Shaw Pisani on Toyota Corolla.
At the strike of 3:30 pm it was signalled to start the final preparation of the track and to begin the Demolition. Two laps on the track were performed by all cars just before they started banging in all directions within the strict game rules of this race. The cars offered spectacular collisions with tactics to keep strong on track before all is sent for scrap. Among them a Volvo car driven by Leo Butler stood proud where besides the engine sound and the body bumps Leo made maneuvers to resist shock and damage caused by him and others too. It was a spectacular display for young and old.
After a little less than 35 minutes the game ended between 3 three cars; The Volvo and the Hunter driven by Butler brothers Leo and Larkin and a Ford Escort Mk6 driven by Marlon Caruana. The Butler brothers tried many times to make maneuvers so Caruana will abandon his car but it seemed clear that the car of Caruana resisted the punishment well. Only 10 minutes before the end of the race Larkin on his Hunter retired so the final battle was between the Volvo of Leo and the Escort MK6 of Caruana. At this stage though Leo lost control of the steering and had a crushed body Leo continued to beat Caruana who decided to abandon the race after 44 minutes. Leo was declared winner and both Leo and Caruana shaked hands together as is normal practice. This 2016 edition was won by Leo Butler on a Volvo. Runner-up was Marlon Caruana on Ford Escort.
The next Autocross and Motocross event is expected to be held on Sunday 22nd January 2017 and starts at 11: 00am. Further information can be found on 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 – info@asmk.org.mt
Photos by Mario Micallef
LEO BUTLER JIBAH ID-DEMOLITION DERBY tal-ASMK
Nhar il-Ħadd 8 ta’ Jannar 2017 l-Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) fetħet l-istagun ASMK – Pasta Poiatti 2016/2017 tal-Karozzi Autocross u l-Muturi Motocross. Ghall dawn l-attivitajiet irregistraw 39 kompetitur. Dan sar wara investiment qawwi li ghamlet l-Assocjazzjoni fuq il-Korsa tal-Karozzi u dik tal-Muturi. Is-sewwieqa u r-Riders huma ferm sodisfatti bir-rizultati miksuba b’dan il-Progett minkejja li dam dawn l-ahhar tlett xhur biex jitlesta.
Intant, harsa lejn x’gara matul il-gurnata. Fis-sezzjoni Autocross matul it-tlett Heats tal-gurnata hadd ma rebah il-Heats kollha izda Philip Joe Vella fuq Opel Corsa, Karl Micallef fuq Ford Fiesta u Gordon Johnson fuq Opel Corsa rrnexilhom igibu bl-oghla puntegg tal-gurnata biex issigillaw posthom fil-finali Klassi A. Ma dawn ikkwalifikaw Terence Azzopardi u Jonathan Camilleri it-tnejn fuq Karozzi Opel Corsa u Andrew Pisani fuq Vauxhall Nova.
Mat-tluq ta din il-finali rajna lis-sitt karozzi jaghmlu hrug tajjeb hafna fejn baqghu is-sitta flimkien sa l-ewwel kantuniera. Hawn kien ftit impossibli li jibqghu kollha flimkien bil-konsgewenza li Camilleri u Pisani kellhom ikomplu it-tigrija mill-ahhar pozizjonijiet. Johnson ha t-tmun tal-finali segwit min Azzopardi u Vella fejn dan tal-ahhar irnexielu jissupera lil Azzopardi wara l-ewwel dawra biex avvanza pozizjoni. Ma Vella avvanza wkoll Micallef izda wara t-tielet dawra Vella kellu jnaqqas minhabba hsara mekkanika fir-rota ta quddiem. Il-finali spiccat b’Johnson jirbah l-ewwel finali tal-istagun segwit min Micallef u Azzopardi. Fir-raba post dahal Camilleri segwit min Pisani fil-hames post.
Fil-Finali Autocross Klassi B kellna Start Line kompost min Joseph Micallef fuq Opel Corsa, Keith Borg fuq Vauxhall Nova, Jonathan Vella u Duncan Delia it-tnejn fuq karozzi Ford Fiesta, Noel Zammit fuq Fiat Punto u James Micallef fuq Opel Corsa. Mat-tluq ta din il-finali rajna lil Joseph Micallef jiehu it-tmun tat-tigrija segwit min Borg u Zammit. Ftit qabel l-ewwel kantuniera azzjoni perikoluza min Delia ikkagunat kuntatt ma James Micallef b’dan tal-ahhar ikompli l-azzjoni biex Delia spicca barra mill-korsa. Ir-referee tal-gurnata ordna Warning fuq Delia u James Micallef. Filwaqt, il-finali kompliet b’wirja tajba u spiccat b’Joseph Micallef jirbah il-finali B segwit min Borg u Zammit. Fir-raba post spicca James Micallef segwit min Vella fil-hames post.
Ghal finali Autocross Standard rajna Start Line kompost min Nicovich Chircop fuq Peugeot 206, Deane Farrugia, Ian Fenech u Melvin Buttigieg it-tlieta fuq karozzi Citroen AX, Karl Scicluna fuq Peugeot 106 u Johann Vella fuq Opel Nova. Mat-tluq ta din il-finali rajna lil Farrugia jisraq l-ewwel pozizjoni segwit min Buttigieg u Scicluna. L-attenzzjoni mill-ewwel marret fuq Vella li kien fl-ahhar pozizjoni fejn kien qed jaghmel pressjoni fuq Chircop. Wara kuntatt min Vella dan issupera lil Chircop bir-referee johrog Warning lil Vella ghal azzjoni li kien ghamel. It-tigrija kompliet b’Buttigieg jissupera lil Farrugia biex Buttigieg spicca jillidja it-tigrija. Ftit qabel tmiem it-tigrija l-attenzjoni regghet marret fuq Vella li kien qed jaghmel pressjoni fuq Fenech u Scicluna sakemm ghat-tieni darba ghamel kunttat apposta mal-karozza u Vella gie sospiz mit-tigrija. Il-finali spiccat b’Buttigieg jirbah segwit min Farrugia u Scicluna. Fir-raba post spicca Chircop fil-waqt li Fenech spicca fil-hames post.
Fil-Motocross rajna 14 ir-Rider maqsum fuq sistema gdida tal-klassijiet. F’dan l-istagun ser ikollna Klassi A ghall riders Experts, Klassi B ghal Riders Intermediate, Klassi C ghal Riders Beginners u Klassi Veterans ghal dawk il-Veterani li jixtiequ jkomplu jipprattikaw dan l-isport.
Intant ir-rizultat fil-Motocross Klassi A kienet mirbuha min Paul Muscat fuq mutur KTM 450cc segwit min David Dimech fuq mutur Honda 450cc. Fit-tielet post spicca Trevor Muscat fuq KTM 450cc. Fil-Motocross Klassi B rajna lil Mark Mamo fuq Yamaha 125cc jirbah din il-klassi segwit min Arthur Micallef fuq KTM 250cc. Fit-tielet post spicca Elvin Debono fuq Kawasaki. Motocross Klassi C intrebhet min Adrian Bonnici fuq mutur Yamaha 250cc segwit min Michael Sant fuq Honda 125cc u fit-tielet post rajna lill Luke Sheldon fuq Kawasaki 250cc. Il-Klassi Motocross Veteran kienet mirbuha min Jethro Sant fuq mutur Yamaha 250cc segwit min William Sant fuq mutur Suzuki 250cc. Fit-tielet post spicca Paul Deguara fuq mutur KTM 250cc.
Il-Program tal-gurnata spicca bid-Demolition Derby 2016 kif kien mahsub. Din id-Demolition kellha ssir fit-18 ta’ Dicembru imma minhabba l-maltemp giet posposta ghall din il-gurnata. Ghal din l-attivita specjali attendew mijiet ta spettaturi. Din il-kompetizzjoni issir biex waqt li ngawdu l-attivita, fl-istess hin inkunu qed naghmlu karita u nahsbu haddiehor. Ghal din it-22 edizzjoni Erbatax il-karozza irregistraw ghall l-edizzjoni tad-Demolition. Il-Kompetituri kienu Jason Magro fuq Hunter, Frank Butler fuq Lada, Larkin Butler fuq Hunter, Karl Mizzi fuq Lada, Leo Butler fuq Volvo, Marlfuq Caruana fuq Ford Escort, Wayne Mallia fuq Volvo, Kevin Barbara fuq Ford Escort, Mauro Cassar fuq Lada, Matthew Mallia fuq Volvo, Clint Farrugia fuq Volvo, Kane Pisani fuq Toyota Carina, Emanuel Fenech fuq Proton Sage & Shaw Pisani fuq Toyota Corolla.
Mal-hin tat- 3:30pm inghata s-sinjal biex tibda il-preparazzjoni tal-korsa biex tkun tista tibda d-Demolition. Wara zewg t dawriet mal-korsa rajna dawn il-karozzi joffru spettaklu ta hbit b’tattika specjali qabel ma jkunu mormija ghal scrap. Fosthom spikkat il-karozza Volvo misjuqa min Leo Butler fejn apparti l-hoss tad-daqqiet u tal-magna beda jaghmel manuvri u joqghod attent fejn jircievi d-daqqiet kif ukoll b’fejn jaghti d-daqqiet lill uhud minnhom. Din kienet wirja spettakolari.
Wara ftit inqas min 35 minuta t-taqtija spiccat il-loghba bejn 3 tliet karozzi; il-Volvo u Hunter misjuqa mill-ahwa Butler, Leo fuq il-Volvo u Larkin fuq il-Hunter. F’din it-taqtija kien hemm ukoll Ford Escort MK 6 misjuq min Marlon Caruana fejn l-ahwa Butler pruvaw kemm li darba jaghmlu manuvri biex forsi jasal il-mument li Caruana icedi imma deher car li l-karozza ta Caruana kienet ghada tiflah ghad-daqqiet. Kienu biss 10 minuti qabel tmiem it-tigrija fejn wiehed mill-ahwa Butler fuq Hunter spicca kellu jirtria biex b’hekk it-taqtija finali kienet bejn il-Volvo tal-Leo u l-Escort MK6 ta Caruana. F’dan l-istadju minkejja li bla steering u body mghaffeg, Leo fuq il-Volvo kompla din it-taqtija ma Caruana sakemm wara 44 minuta ta taqtija s-sewwieq tal-Escort ceda bit-tradizzjoni tkun li jinzel mill-karozza u jiehu b’idejn ir-rebbieh. Din l-edizzjoni tas-sena 2016 intrebhet min Leo Butler fuq Volvo. Runner –up tieghu spicca Marlon Caruana fuq Ford Escort.
L-Attivita li jmiss bil-Karozzi Autocross u Muturi Motocross mistennija ssir nhar il-Hadd 22 ta’ Jannar 2017 u tibda fil-11:00am. Iktar informazzjoni wiehed jista jsibha wkoll fis-sit elettroniku tal-Assocjazzjoni www.asmk.org.mt jew fil-pagni tal-Facebook bl-isem A.S.M.K. Malta jew Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi. Wiehed jista jaghmel kuntatt bl-email:- info@asmk.org.mt

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