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ENDURANCE RACE A SUCCESS

ASMK organized the 'Once a Year Autocross Endurance Race' at the Autocross Track at Ta' Qali on Saturday.

This is an Autocross race where drivers can team together to drive the same car over the ‘One Hour Long’ trace.

This year edition 8 teams with 16 drivers registered for this event but only 6 teams with 12 drivers participated in this race. At around 9:00pm the Autocross Track at Ta' Qali looked significantly different under artificial lighting.

All of the 6 Starting Cars were lined up to start at the strike of the Hour while several Officers of ‘Malta Records’ were on sight and following carefully that all regulations of this race were being scrupulously observed.

At the GO sign all cars drove off along the one kilometer track hoping for the best that their vehicle will survive the punishment of this Hour long race.

The starting line was composed of Angelo Galea and Dexter Bianco on Peugeot 106, Quin Camilleri and Rodner Bianco on Peugeot 106, Katrina Zammit and Steve Micallef on Renault 5, Ian Fenech and Sacha James on Citroen AX, Carlo Mifsud and Darren Magro on Ford Fiesta and Brandon Lee Vassallo and Dennis Vassallo on Peugeot 205.

Right from the start we could notice that the teams adopted different strategies.

Some made mildly fast laps while others took advantage of any clear spot and raced as fast as they could. One could also note that each pitstop lasted the equivalent of 2 Laps on the track.

Ian Fenech together with Sacha James on Citroen AX ahead of Mifsud together Magro on Ford Fiesta was among those who started registering fast Laps. All cars were maintained and re-fuelled by a small team in the pits while racing was still in progress.

At the strike of the Hour plus One Lap the Lap-Sheets were again inspected by the Malta Records Officers.

They declared Ian Fenech and Sacha James as the Winner by registering 87 Laps on Citroen AX. The 2nd placed Ford Fiesta driven by Mifsud and Magro covered 86 Laps. Katrina Zammit and Steve Micallef on the Renault 5 placed 3rd Overall by covering 70 Laps.

Brandon Lee Vassallo and Dennis Vassallo on Peugeot 205 managed to place in 4th place though they experienced problems at the end of the race and lost valuable time they covered 64 Laps.

The Quin Camilleri and Rodner Bianco Team on the Peugeot 106 covered 23 Laps and finished the race in 5th Place followed in 6th Place by Angelo Galea and Dexter Bianco Team on Peugeot 106 covered 19 Laps both last 2 teams had to retired early in the race due mechanical problems.

Meanwhile, the Association is currently preparing for the third edition Autocross in Gozo event in aid of Arka Foundation.

This event will be held for the first time in Gozo Horse Racing Assciation Track in Nadur Gozo on Sunday 11th September.
 
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