Mark Micallef nails it at Xaghra Hillclimb
Island Car Club's 2nd round of 2016/17 Hillclimb Championship took place at Xaghra, Gozo.
The weather was tolerably warm with a breeze and by 8am all 54 participants were ready for action.
Road conditions proved to be slippery in the 1st two practice runs , however on the 3rd and 4th run competitors were quickly shaving seconds off their previous runs.
Fastest of the day and overall winner was Mark Micallef in his Avon Tyres Turbo charged Radical stopping the clock at an impressive 48.613, followed by Zach Zammit in his Urban Jungle Empire Evo clocking 49.222 whilst defending champion Keith Camilleri in his Fracht Malta Radical came in 3rd hitting the clock at close 49.351.
Fastest front wheel drive went to Didier Bugeja in his immaculately refreshed Group 3 Snow White Meat Market Peugeot 106 crossing the line in 56.425 whilst Noel Galea took the honours for fastest rwd in his impressively built Bardahl Oil Ford Escort mk 2 in a time of 53.872. Steve Baldacchino won the fastest 4wd with his Subaru Impreza stopping the clock at 57.821.
Teddy Aquilina won fastest veteran in his highly modified Ford escort mk 1 cosworth clocking a good time of 57.879.
Classic cars also had their fair share of competition leaving Mark Borg in his Alfa GTA modified quickest of the classics whilst Andrea Scicluna took the honours for autocross group.
Gnejna will be the location of the 3rd round of Island Car Club's championship on 13 November at 9am.
Island Car Club thanked all helpers , marshals , CPD and authorities for their continuous support throughout the club’s race calendar.