ASMK Au­tocross sea­son to start to­mor­row

Joseph Sci­cluna wins first En­duro at Ta’ Qali

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The ASMK Pasta Poiatti 2016/2017 Na­tional Au­tocross Cham­pi­onship will com­mence to­mor­row at the ASMK Race Com­plex at Ta’ Qali. This year the Au­tocross Cham­pi­onships are di­vided into three classes, that for the Mod­i­fied cars, for the Su­per Cars and for a Stan­dard Class.

To­mor­row’s pro­gramme is to in­clude a Holy Mass which is held an­nu­ally in the month of No­vem­ber to re­mem­ber the de­ceased ASMK mem­bers and rel­a­tives who en­tered eter­nity. Holy Mass which is said by the ASMK spir­i­tual direc­tor starts at 10am and then the first Au­tocross races for the fol­lows soon af­ter a short break.

Mean­while, last Sun­day ASMK launched the En­duro 2016/2017 Cham­pi­onship which is sup­ported by Dun­lop Tyres and Pasta Poiatti. On this very first event held at the ASMK premises, 25 En­duro rid­ers were reg­is­tered in the two highly com­pet­i­tive classes, that of Class A for rid­ers on mo­tor­cy­cles hav­ing an en­gine ca­pac­ity up to 250cc and those in Class B where mo­tor­cy­cles with the larger ca­pac­ity rang­ing from 251cc and over.

This 3,5kilo­me­tres long En­duro race track was wel­comed by all. The nat­u­ral ob­sta­cles con­tained water pools while the man-made ob­sta­cles ranged in a large va­ri­ety of ob­sta­cles where the rid­ers had to ex­er­cise their skills to ob­tain high rank­ings.

In Class B Joseph Sci­cluna on a KTM and James Zahra on a Yamaha dom­i­nated the re­sult scale dur­ing the Pole Po­si­tion. The first heat had Bernard Sam­mut on a KTM and Gary De­bono on Sherco chal­leng­ing the plac­ing of Zahra and Sci­cluna where Zahra later man­aged to go to the lead with a small mar­gin, that of 0.01 sec­ond ad­van­tage on the time of Sci­cluna. Both Zahra and Sci­cluna were al­ways fol­lowed by De­bono and Sam­mut in the re­sults list.

The sec­ond and fi­nal heat was also a tough one for both Sci­cluna as well as to Zahra due to the fact that Matthew Gauci on a Sherco reg­is­tered the best time be­fore Sci­cluna and Zahra per­formed and run their 2nd and fi­nal timed run with a chance of im­prov­ing on their pre­vi­ous recorded lap times. Soon later Joseph Sci­cluna man­aged to reg­is­ter a lap time of 3 min­utes 36.76 sec­onds thus ahead of Gauci with his time of 3 min­utes 39.48 sec­onds and Zahra fin­ished in third place with his best time of 3 min­utes 39.76 sec­onds.

In Class B, De­bono Elvin on a KTM dom­i­nated the day with his first Heat by reg­is­ter­ing a best time of 4 min­utes 11.50 sec­onds. This has placed De­bono on the Podium of Class A and win­ning the Un­der 250cc Class. De­bono was fol­lowed by Nigel Anas­tasi and Clay­ton Schem­bri both on KTM mo­tor­cy­cles. Anas­tasi fin­ished in sec­ond place with his best lap time of 4 min­utes 13.37 sec­onds. Schem­bri is third placed with his best time of 4 min­utes 17.11 sec­onds.

The next En­duro event for dirt­track rid­ers in­clud­ing non-ASMK mem­bers is sched­uled to take place on Sun­day 4 De­cem­ber. The lo­ca­tion will be an­nounced later on this month.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing re­sults and much more can be found in the web­site of the As­so­ci­a­tion www.asmk.org.mt or in the Face­book pages named A.S.M.K. Malta or As­soc­jaz­zjoni Sport Mu­turi u Karozzi. One can make con­tact by the email info@asmk.org.mt

All the par­tic­i­pants on the start line Photo: Mario Mi­callef

James Zahra on a Yamaha Photo: Mario Mi­callef

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