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
Donazzjoni ta’ €1020 mill-ASMK f’Ghawdex lill FONDAZZJONI ARKA
Matul tmiem il-gimgha li ta’ bejn il-Gimgha 9 u l-Hadd 11 ta’ Settembru 2016 l-Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) organizzat b’success it-Tielet attivita bil-karozzi Autocross fix-Xewkija Ghawdex. Din l-attivita saret bil-Kolaborazzjoni u l-għajuna tal-Ministru għal Għawdex li aktar kmieni din is-sena offra s-sapport tiegħu għal zewgt attivitajiet li l-ghaqda taghna organizzat, dik bil-muturi Enduro li saret f’April u din tal-Karozzi li saret nhar il-Hadd.
Ix-Xoghol fuq il-korsa temporanja ghal Karozzi dam sejjer gimgha b’diversi xogholijiet li saru bil-ghajnuna ta’ haddiema tal-Gvern u l-Ufficjali tal-ASMK. Dan sar b’thaddim tajjeb ta rizorsi u makkinarju kemm li ghandha l-ASMK u makkinarju iehor li matul din il-gimgha gew min diversi benefatturi u mill-Ministeru f’Ghawdex.
L-Assocjazzjoni tixtieq tirringrazzja lill Gozo Horse Racing Association li accettaw it-talba tal-ASMK ghall uzu ta parti mil-korsa biex tinbidel f’korsa temporanja ghal-karozzi Autocross. Dan sar ghall ftit jiem. Grazzi wkoll tal-koperazzjoni li kellna mill-Korp tal-Pulizja, mid-Dipartiment tax-Xogholijiet f’Ghawdex, mill Gozo Sports Board, Road Construction Ltd, il-Korporazzjoni ghas-Servizzi tal-Ilma (WSC) u fl-ahhar u mhux l-inqas grazzi specjali lill Familja Apap mir-Rabat li assistew lill l-Ufficjali tal-ASMK f’kull problema li ltaqghu maghha matul din il-gimgha ta thejjija tal-korsa temporanja.
L-Ghan principali ta din l-attivita kienet biex jingabru fondi b’risq il-Fondazzjoni Arka. Grazzi ghal generozita tal-ispettaturi li attendew ghall din l-attivita ta darba fis-sena u daqstant ikkontribwixxew bid-donazzjoni tahhom tant li ngabret is-somma ta’ €1020.00. Waqt il-prezentazzjoni lir-rebbieha il-President tal-ASMK fil-prezenza ta’ Dun Michael Galea habbar is-somma migbura fi-tliet sieghat. Dun Michael irringrazzja lill l-Ghaqda u l-membri ghal din id-donazzjoni b’risq il-Fondazzjoni ARKA li ngabret fi ftit sieghat.
Waqt il-prezentazzjoni tat-trofej lill kompetituri rebbieha kien hemm ukoll il-President tal-Gozo Horse Racing Association Ms. Mary Mifsud u l-Kap Ezekuttiv tal-Gozo Sports Board is-Sur Alvin Grech. Il-President tal-G.H.R.A. ghamlet kelmtejn tal-okkazzjoni fejn irringrazzjat lill-Ufficjali tal-ASMK fejn dawn urew hila jibdlu l-kumpless tal-korsa taz-zwiemel f’wahda ghall karozzi Autocross biex takkomda s-sewwieqa delletanti Maltin u Ghawcin flimkien. Is-Sinjura Mifsud qalhet li se tkompli tahdem mal-ufficjali tal-ASMK biex attivitajiet simili jkomplu jsiru fiz-zmien li gej. Is-Sur Alvin Grech qal huwa ta pjacir li jara Ghaqdiet bhal l-ASMK jikkontribwixxu fit-Turizmu Sportiv f’Ghawdex kif ukoll huwa ta pjacir li l-Gozo Sports Board jassisti attivitajiet Sportivi ta dan it-tip. Huwa awgura lill ASMK fejn ghat-tielet sena konsekuttiva organizzat attivitajiet bil-karozzi u Muturi f’postijiet diversi madwar Ghawdex. Is-sur Alvin irringrazzja lill kullhadd specjalment lill Ufficjali li rnexxilom fi ftit jiem ibiddlu area fil-korsa taz-zwiemel f’kumpless sportiv tal-Motorsport u tal-organizzazjoni eccellenti.
Frans Deguara President tal-Ghaqda irringrazzja lill kullhadd u qal jekk l-ghajnuna tkun provduta l-Assocjazzjoni terga torganizza avvenimenti bhal dawn kemm bil-karozzi kif ukoll bil-muturi f’Ghawdex matul is-sena li gejja.
Intant harsa lejn x’gara matul il-gurnata tal-Hadd fejn 41 kompetitur irregistraw ghal din il-kompetitzzjoni maqsuma f’erba klassijiet dik Autocross bis-sewwieqa Maltin u klassi ohra bis-sewwieqa Ghawcin, Autocross Standard bis-sewwieqa Maltin u Ghawcin kif ukoll klassi gdida Super Class li giet introdotta ghal l-istagun li gej.
Fl-Autocross bis-sewwieqa Maltin rajna lill Godfrey Gauci fuq Ford Fiesta jirregistra l-ghola puntagg tal-gurnata minkejja li ma rebahx il-Heats kollha tal-gurnata xorta kien l-ewwel sewwieq li ssigilla posthu fil-finali klassi A tal-gurnata. Mieghu kkwalifikaw Andrew Pisani fuq Opel Nova, Philip Joe Vella fuq Opel Corsa, Christian Mario Apap fuq Ford Fiesta, Jean Paul Grech fuq Peugeot 106 u Terence Azzopardi fuq Opel Corsa. Mat-tluq ta din il-finali rajna lill Pisani johrog fuq quddiem segwit minn Vella u Azzopardi. L-attenzjoni marret fuq Gauci li mill-ahhar post beda javvanza pozizjoni wara l-ohra sakemm kif wasal isegwi lil leader Azzopardi, Gauci spicca jirtira minhabba hsara teknika. Rizultat finali:- Pisani jirbah segwit min Vella u Azzopardi. Fir-raba post spicca Apap segwit minn Grech fil-hames post.
Fl-Autocross Finali klassi B rajna lill Noel Zammit fuq Fiat Punto jirbah din il-finali segwit min Gordon Johnson fuq Opel Corsa filwaqt li Joseph Micallef fuq Renault 5 spicca l-finali fit-tielet post.
Fl-Autocross bis-sewwieqa Ghawcin rajna lill Marvin Grima fuq Opel Corsa jirbah il-gurnata segwit minn Frank Cefai fuq Ford Escort. Fit-tielet post spicca Chris Sultana fuq Nissan fil-waqt li fir-raba post spicca Matthew Saliba fuq Ford Escort.
Fl-Autocross Standard bis-sewwieqa Maltin u Ghawcin kienet mirbuha minn Ian Fenech fuq Citroen segwit minn Quinn Camilleri fuq Peugeot 106. Fit-tielet post spicca Nickovich Chircop fuq Peugeot 206, fir-raba post spiccat Katrina Zammit fuq Renault 5 filwaqt li fil-hames post dahal Melvin Buttigieg fuq Citroen AX.
Intant l-Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi habbret il-Kalendarju tal-istagun 2016/2017 sa l-ahhar ta din is-sena. Bl-ewwel attivita se tibda fit-30 t’Ottubru 2016 bis-sezzjoni Trials. L-Autocross u Motocross mistenija jibdew fis-6 ta’ Novembru 2016. L-Ewwel attivita Enduro mistenija issir fit-13 ta’ Novembru 2016. Ghall iktar informazzjoni zur is-sit elettronku www.asmk.org.mt
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