ASM Demolition Derby raised €2600 for l-Istrina
On Sunday December 23, Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi organised the 19th consecutive program to raise funds for Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund. The day’s event included the 5th Championship round for the Autocross cars and the demolition derby. The event raised €2600 for l-Istrina.
The much awaited car Demolition derby started as scheduled at the strike of 16,00h with the participation of 17 cars Painted in vibrant colours, many of the contenders were decorated with Christmas and New Year ornaments. The vast experience and technicalities of ASM Officers are all put into practice during this event. Cars and drivers were scrutinised for safety levels and regulations conformity. These cars performed a two lap parade before all hell broke loose at the drop of the flag.
This derby lasted for about an hour, with cars ramming and smashing each other into oblivion. After about 20 minutes of going head to head with Jason Magro, Larkin’s Butler car refused to drive further and he was declared as Runner-up. Both were presented with special Trophies by ASM President and Vice-President among the cheers of fellow drivers and supporters.
Earlier on at 10.00h, Autocross drivers competed in three qualifying Heats to secure a place on the Start Grid for the A and B Finals. Patrick Cassar on his Opel Corsa won all Heats and secured his place in Class A. Philip Joe Vella and Manuel Muscat on Opel Corsa cars together with Melo Zammit on a Ford Escort, Gordon Johnson on a Peugeot 205 and Carlos Mifsud on a Ford Fiesta also qualified for Class A.
Class B Finalists are Mario Scicluna, Malcom Borg u Ryan Scerri all driving Opel Corsa cars, Guzi Pace on his fast vintage Ford Escort, Josef Grech u Godfrey Gauci both on a Ford Fiesta. The Class A and B Final Races were postponed to be run on January 19, 2013 at around 15.00h.
Banger racers also made it to Ta Qali race Circuits in support of l-Istrina. They raced their on the Autocross track. Philip Delia on an Escort won the race ahead of Dennis Vassallo while Roderick and Luke Vassallo followed in 3rd and 4th place respectively.
11 Motocross riders grouped together in an Open Class race. Clayton Camilleri riding a KTM won the overall with 72 of 75 available points. Carmel Borg on his Honda CRF is runner-up wit 69 points while young Gozo rider Joseph Bigeni is 3rd with 58 points on his Suzuki RM.
The Vintage Motocross bike races were organised by ASM for the 2nd consecutive year where 15 riders registered for this particular class. One could easily see the difference between old and later Motocross bikes though these were driven by experienced riders. Cousins Stefan (Cagiva WMX) and David Dimech (KTM 125MX) won 1st and 2nd places respectively. James Zahra riding a Yamaha YZ 80 and young Kyle Camilleri on his Suzuki RM80 won 3rd and 4th place repectively.
The day’s program was suspended for a while at about 13.30 hours as Prime Minister Dr Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary for Youths and Sport Clyde Puli and PL Speaker for Sport Chris Agius addressed the ASM Committee, members and spectators. Dr Gonzi thanked ASM President Mr Frans Deguara and Secretary General Mr Johann Pace for their success during discussions on behalf of the ASM with both Government and the PL Oppostion authorities on the race tracks relocation site and for organising the ASM National competitions.