Hal Far 31st of March 2015 Hillclimb

Ġnejna 9th of November 2014 Hillclimb

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Pinellu 26th of October 2014 Hillclimb

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Camilleri takes victory at Pinellu

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Keith Camilleri has emerged on top in the penultimate round of the 2014 Grimaldi Hill Climb championship organized by the Island Car Club.

Unlike the previous round at the same venue this year, the weather was nothing short of perfect today with sunny skies throughout. This augured well for the over-70 participants that registered for this event. Of note, was the strong participation from the Sicilians who reaffirmed the strong ties there are in motorsport between the two neighbouring islands. Exciting action was therefore in anything but short supply. Competitors in all classes gave it their all, and spectators were in for a treat.

In the category for classic cars, Martin Spiteri on his Cobra finished well on top. He was joined by Didier Bugeja, again the fastest front wheel driver competitor on his Peugeot, John Zammit winning the rear wheel drive on his Lotus and Steve Baldachino winning the 4×4 category on his Subaru. Teddy Aquilina also was declared winner of the over-60 category.

After Mark Micallef seemed to endure a difficult weekend with his car, the overall category saw the other usual suspects up front battling it out for the out and out win. Both Keith Camilleri and Zach Zammit put in admirable performances, but it was Camilleri who emerged on top. After a clean first run, Keith managed to put in a spectacular final attempt with which he managed to set a new record for the Pinellu hill with a 55.363.

The final round and championship showdown between Camilleri and Zammit is set to take place on the 9th of November at Gnejna.

The whole team at MotorsportMalta.com would also like to wish Alex Zammit, who was due to compete today, a speedy recover after he was taken ill overnight and our thoughts are with him and his family.

Miżieb 21st of September 2014 Hillclimb

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Mtaħleb 1st of June 2014 Hillclimb

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Xagħra 18th of May 2014 Hillclimb

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Mtaħleb 4th of May 2014 Hillclimb

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Pinellu 11th of April 2014 Hillclimb

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ZAMMIT WINS MTAHLEB HILL CLIMB

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Mtaħleb 23rd of March 2014 Hillclimb

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The Grimaldi Lines 2013 Hillclimb Championship.

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Mellieħa 20th of October 2013 Hillclimb

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Mdina GP 12-13th of October 2013

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Mtaħleb 29th of September 2013 Hillclimb

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Micallef’s Radical conquers Ta’ Penellu

The sixth round from the 2013 Grimaldi Lines Hillclimb Championship organized by the Island Car Club was held at Penellu Hill, Mellieha on Sunday 6th June.

Seventy five cars entered the race, proof of the level of commitment local competitors have for motorsports. The participating cars covered almost every domain found in the world of racing, from standard production cars, stripped out race cars, rally cars, homemade ‘specials’ built by enthusiasts in their garage through to classic formula cars that could be displayed in museums.

Spectators were amused with several excellent performances by local drivers, who thundered up the Ta’ Pennellu Hill in a quest for elusive points, in a haze of rubber and high octane fuel.

Due to the excellent state of the newly resurfaced road and its long straights, the organizing body added three technical sections to the main straight in an attempt to keep speeds low yet challenging both the driver’s ability as well as that of the car. These comprised two tight two-point chicanes and a four-point chicane half way up the hill. This presented the hundreds of spectators that lined the road with a great show in car control and a couple of instances where drivers ran out of talent and ended in a harmless overshoot or spin.

Mark Micallef yet again proved to be a conqueror after he put in a blistering lap (55.232 sec) to top the timesheets in his Auto Trader Malta & MBL Malta Radical Prosport. This was Micallef’s fifth success this year and puts him clearly atop of the ICC championship on hill climb wins. 

In second place was the multi-time champion Hubert Camilleri in his Mclaren-Garage Chevron. Camilleri was back in good form after suffering numerous mechanical failures in previous hill climbs, managing an excellent time of 56.485sec.

Jonathon Tonna was third in his Fat Harry’s Tatuus Hayabusa single-seater (57.585sec) once again taking the third spot on the podium.
Adam Bugeja in his Jekran OMS finished in fourth place producing a fine display managing to outpace Jason Muscat with his B4 Radical Clubsport who grabbed fifth place.

Joe Mifsud won best performance in the veteran category, achieving an excellent time of 67.451sec in his Sly Machine Racer, ranking 16th overall. Aldo Laferla was the best veteran in the saloon car section with his Mitsubishi Evo 6.

Noel Galea’s vibrant Ford Escort Mk2 was fastest rear wheel drive car, placing in the top ten narrowly beating Joe Cutajar who drove his turbo charged Ford Escort Mk2 on home grounds.

Steve Buttigieg won best 4-wheel drive cathegory with his Cosworth powered Ford Escort Mk1 Turbo closely followed by Steve Baldachino in his Subaru Impreza.

Roswell Bugeja preceded the front wheelers in his rambunctious Peugeot 205 Gti ahead of his brother Didier Bugeja with his Peugeot 106 Gti.

The next round of the 2013 Grimaldi Lines I.C.C championship will be held in mid September and the venue is yet to be announced.

 

Mellieħa 7th of June 2013 Hillclimb

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ICC Social Dinner


Xagħra 26th of May 2013 Hillclimb

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Hat trick winner Micallef breaks Mtaħleb record



Last Sunday dawned hazy, sunny and warm; not the ideal weather for hill climbing, especially after a night of strong south winds that deposited lots of desert sand on the roads. The 67drivers that took part in the hill climb at Mtahleb reveled in the tough conditions, to provide the hundreds of spectators that lined the hill with some spectacular driving.
After four exciting runs it was 28-year-old Mark Micallef, driving his AutoTraderMalta-MBL Radical ProSport that smashed the existing hill record to win this fourth round of the 2013 Grimaldi Lines Hill climb championship in fine style moreover making this win a hat trick.

At the end of the excellently run event, Micallef won from second placed reigning champion Zach Zammit driving his Urban Jungle Ralt by just under half a second, with third placed Jonathon Tonna driving his Fat Harry’s Tattus claiming his first podium finish, albeit racing for the first time with his group 6 car at this iconic hill.
Micallef’s record time of 52.162sec was set on his fourth run and was half a second below the previous hill record established by multi time champion Hubert Camilleri back in 2012. Camilleri was definitely disappointed having to retire after suffering a broken transmission.
James Dunford was fourth overall with his Simon’s Garage Radical PR6, Jason Muscat with his B4 Radical Club Sport in fifth place and Adam Bugeja rounded off the top half dozen with his Jekran OMS.
Alex Zammit won best performance in the veteran category, achieving an excellent time of 55.557sec in his Radical Pro Sport, ranking 7th overall. Aldo Laferla was the best veteran in the saloon car section with his Mitsubishi Evo 6.
John Zammit’s indecently quick Lotus Elise was fastest rear wheel drive car, narrowly beating Noel Galea’s Ford Escort Mk2.
Steve Buttigieg won best 4-wheel drive with his Cosworth powered Ford Escort Mk1 Turbo closely followed by Chris Aquilina in his Subaru Impreza.
Didier Bugeja preceded the front wheelers in his rambunctious Peugeot 106 GTI ahead of Etienne Grech’s raucous Citroen Saxo VTS.
The next round of the 2013 Grimaldi Lines I.C.C championship will be held at Xaghra, Gozo on Saturday 25th from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrsand Sunday 26th May from 09.00hrs to 15.00hrs.

Mtaħleb 19th of May 2013 Hillclimb

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Kalkara 25th of April 2013 Hillclimb

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Mtaħleb 6th of April 2013 Hillclimb: EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!

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Ġnejna 24th of March 2013 Hillclimb

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Ġnejna 24th of February 2013 Hillclimb

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Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday 12th of February
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: St. Paul's Bay Band Club

Scrutineering Session

Date: Saturday 16th of February
Time: From 1pm till 4pm
Venue: Ta' Qali usual place next to MFCC and ASM

Testing Session

Please note that a testing session will be held on Sunday 17th february from 1pm till 4pm at halfar testing session is open for Icc members and non members. Another testing session will be held on Wednesday 20th February from 4.30pm till 7pm this testing session is only for members who will be participating at the Gnejna event on Sunday 24th February Thanks.

Hill climb and sprint Championship

Event trophies 12222/0
Auto Cross Class Francois Buhagiar 1st Mizieb October 2012
Auto Cross Class  Anthony Agius 1st Gnejna, Mtahleb, Xaghara, Mtahleb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb
Group 1 Class 2 Keith Bajada, 1st Gnejna  2nd Mizieb
Group 1 Class 2 Silvio Sciberras, 1st Xaghara & Mizieb 2nd Mtahleb & Mtahleb.
R Group 1 Class 2 ueben Hili, 1st Mtahleb Mizieb Mtahleb Mtahleb & Mtahleb , 2nd Xaghra
Group 1 Class 3  Micheal Micallef 2nd Mtahleb
Group 1 Class 3 Terence  Vella 1st Mizieb 2nd Gnejna, Mtahleb, Xaghra, Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 1 Class 3  Luigi Mifsud 1st Gnejna, Mtahleb, Xaghara Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mtahleb  2nd Mizieb
Group 1 Class 4 Mauro Portelli 1st Mtahleb , Mtahleb  2nd Mizieb
Group 1 Class 4 Domenic Zammit 1st Xaghra. Mtahleb & Mizieb
Group 1 class 5 Pierre Grech 3rd Mizieb
Group 1 class 5 Vanessa Aquilina 1st Mtahleb
Group 1 class 5 Chris Aquilina 1st Gnejna 2nd Mtahleb, Mizieb, & Xaghra
Group 1 class 5 Kurt Camilleri 1st Mtahleb, Mizieb, Xaghra, Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 2 Class 1 Jonathan Tonna 1st Mtahleb, Mizieb, Xaghra & Mtahleb
Group 2 Class 2 Charles Cutajar 1st Gnejna, Mtahleb, Mizieb, Xaghra. Mtahleb. Mthahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb
Group 2 Class 3 Ryan Mangion 1st Mizieb & Mtahleb 2nd Gnejna 3rd Mtahleb
Group 2 Class 3 Etienne Grech 2nd Mtahleb, Xaghra , Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb 3rd Mizieb & June
Group 2 Class 3 Didier Bugeja 1st Gnejna, Mtahleb, Xaghra, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb 2nd Mizieb & Mtahleb
Group 2 Class 4 Julian Bernard 1st Xaghra & Mtahleb
Group 2 Class 4 Jeremy Cassar 1st Gnejna, Mtahleb, Mizieb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb 2nd Mtahleb
Group 2 Class 5 Micheal Mangion 2nd Mizieb
Group 2 Class 5 Mr. Anthony Bernard 1st Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mtahleb 2nd Xaghra
Group 2 Class 5 David Galea 1st Gnejna, Mizieb, Xaghra, Mtahleb & Mizieb 2nd Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 3 Class 1 Ignazio Cannavo 1st Gnejna
 Group 3 Class 1 Jean Paul Azzopardi 1st Mtahleb
 Group 3 Class 1 Amadeo Dingli 1st Mtahleb
Group 3 Class 1 Micheal Ellul 1st Mizieb
Group 3 Class 1 Frank Tonna 1st Xaghra
Group 3 Class 2 Bertu Zerafa 1st Mizieb
Group 3 Class 2 Gordon Pace 1st Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 3 Class 2 Steve Borg 2nd Gnejna, Mtahleb & Mizieb
Group 3 Class 2 Edward Calleja 1st Gnejna, Mtahleb, Mizieb, Xaghra, Mtahleb
Group 3 Class 3 Nicholai Degiorgio 1st Gnejna 2nd Xaghra
Group 3 Class 3 John Zammit 1st Mtahleb, Mizieb, Xaghra, Mtahleb & Mtahleb.
Group 4 Class 1 Angelo Scuderi 1st Mtahleb
Group 4 Class 1 David Anastasi 1st Mtahleb, Xaghra & Mtahleb
Group 4 Class 2 Philip Tabone  1st Mtahleb
Group 4 Class 2 Carmel Dingli 1st Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 4 Class 3 Teddy Aquilina 1st Mtahleb
Group 4 Class 3 Steve Buhagiar 1st Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 4 Class 3 Joseph Cutajar 1st Mtahleb, Mizieb & Xaghra
Group 5 Class 1 James Dunford 2nd Mizieb Xaghra & Mtahleb
Group 5 Class 1 Alex Zammit 1st Mtahleb 2nd Mtahleb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb
Group 5 Class 1 Ivan Paul Deidun  1st Gnejna & Mizieb & Mizieb 3rd Mtahleb
 Group 5 Class 1 Jason Muscat 1st Mtahleb, Xaghra, Mtahleb & Mtahleb 2nd Gnejna
Group 5 Class 2 Mark Micallef 1st Gnejna, Xaghra, Mtahleb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb
Group 6 Class 1 Patrick Gauci 3rd Mtahleb
Group 6 Class 1 Karl Spiteri 3rd Mizieb
Group 6 Class 1 Alan Curmi 2nd Gnejna, Mizieb, Xaghara, & Mtahleb 3rd Mtahleb & Mtahleb
Group 6 Class 1 Matthew Zammit 1st Gnejna, Mizieb & Xaghra 2nd Mtahleb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb
 Group 6 Class 1 Fabio Baldacchino 1st Mtahleb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb  2nd Mizieb  3rd Gnejna & Xaghra
Group 6 Class 2 Hubert Camilleri 1st Mtahleb, Xaghra & Mtahleb
Group 6 Class 2 Zach Zammit 1st Gnejna, Mizieb, Mtahleb, Mtahleb & Mizieb

Best of Best 12225/0
2012 Best over 60 years of age Alex Zammit
2012 Best front wheel drive Didier Bugeja
2012 Best Rear Wheel Drive John Zammit
2012 Best four wheel drive David Galea

2012 Class Champions 12311/A
Auto Cross group 2012 Champion Anthony Agius
Group 1 Class 2 2012 Champion Reuben Hili
Group 1 Class 3 2012 Champion Luigi Mifsud
Group 1 Class 4 2012 Champion Domenic  Zammit
Group 1 class 5 2012 Champion Kurt Camilleri
Group 2 Class 1 2012 Champion Jonathan Tonna
Group 2 Class 2  2012 Champion  Charles Cutajar
Group 2 Class 3  2012 Champion  Didier Bugeja
Group 2 Class 4  2012 Champion  Jeremy Cassar
Group 2 Class 5  2012 Champion  David Galea
Group 3 Class 1  2012 Champion   Micheal Ellul
Group 3 Class 2  2012 Champion Edward Calleja
Group 3 Class 3  2012 Champion John Zammit
Group 4 Class 1  2012 Champion David Anastasi
Group 4 Class 2  2012 Champion Carmel Dingli
Group 4 Class 3  2012 Champion Joseph Cutajar
Group 5 Class 1  2012 Champion Jason Muscat
Group 5 Class 2 2012 Champion Mark Micallef  
Group 6 Class 1 2012 Champion Fabio Baldacchino
Group 6 Class 2 2012 Champion Zach Zammit

Overall Winners
2012 Hillclimb & Sprint 3rd Overall Fabio Baldacchino            (12203/2)
2012 Hillclimb & Sprint 2nd Overall Hubert Camilleri               (12203/1)
2012 Hillclimb & Sprint 1st Overall Champion Zach Zammit  (12203/0)

Zammit sprints to ICC title in final Miżieb showdown

Zach Zammit, in his familiar white Urban Jungle Ralt single-seater, clinched the title as he topped the timesheets at the end of the day to outsmart his direct rivals.

This was probably the most tightly-fought championship for many a season as 12-time champion Hubert Camilleri, in his McLaren Garage Chevron B43, was very much in contention and started the Miżieb race equal on points with Zammit.

Zammit nosed ahead at the end of the third run with a blistering time of 39.775sec, and never relinquished that position.

Camilleri had to settle for second with a time of 40.184sec.
Competition for the last spot on the rostrum was equally tight with Fabio Baldacchino (Satariano Properties OMS) grabbing third place overall and topping his class with a time of 40.948sec.
It was an excellent performance from the rookie who edged Matthew Zammit (Suzuki Van Diemen) by just under one tenth of a second.
Mark Micallef (Radical ProSport) followed in fifth place ahead of Ivan Deidun, Alex Zammit and Karl Spiteri in that order for the top eight overall times.
The hillclimb at Miżieb was difficult to organise from a logistical point of view.
Yet, the ICC worked hard and, in a very short period of time, managed to put on another event to remember, thanks also to the co-operation of the Mellieħa Local Council as well as the army of volunteers the racing organisation boasts.
In all, 32 competitors started the race and there were 29 registered finishers.
David Galea was an impressive ninth in his Subaru Impreza and fastest of the four-wheel drive cars.
Didier Bugeja proved to be equally impressive with his Peugeot 106.
He was fastest in a front-wheel drive car and 10th overall ahead of Etienne Grech (Citroen Saxo).
Honours for best rear-wheel drive went to Charles Cutajar who had another fine showing in his Ford Escort Mk2.
The next appointment for the ICC race organisers will be a charity round of racing from the Sicilian Championship at the Mtaħleb circuit on October 28 in honour of L-Istrina 2012.
On that occasion, the ICC and Rabat Local Council, in conjunction with Italy’s Salerno Corse and Bonnici Racing Team, will also play hosts to championship drivers from the Auto-Motoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) fold.

 

Island Car Club's National Hillclimb Event Calendar 2013 Announced

The ICC's committee has the pleasure to announce the following dates which are part of the Maltese National Hillclimb 2013 Event Calendar:

  • 24th of Febuary 2013: Gnejna
  • 24th of March 2013
  • 14th of April 2013
  • 28th of April 2013
  • 12th of May 2013
  • 2nd of June 2013

Venues for the above dates are still to be announced.

Mtahleb Hilllclimb - 11th November 2012

The Mtahleb Hillclimb planned for the 11th November where Italian teams will take part is going to be part of the Presidents campaign "Gurnata Sports mill Qalb" earnings of this event will go towards charity. The event is being organized by The Island Car Club, Rabat Motorsport Association, Rabat Local Council, and James Bonnici Racing Team with Special Help from Salerno Corse. This should be a memorable day also for the fact that we shall have a safer road as the double safety barriers shall be installed a big thanks goes to KMS, Mr. Bernard Vassallo, Mr. Angelito Sciberras, Honorable Clyde Puli and last but not least Rabat Mayor Sandro Craus and his team.

Entries will be available as from today at J&N Imports Qormi or Simon Spray painting Mosta. The Price shall be that of € 65 and it includes a presentation dinner on Sunday evening at the Paradise Bay Hotel Cirkewwa where trophies will be distributed. Extra dinner tickets are available for the price of ONLY € 15 each CHILDREN of 12 years and under eat for FREE. All participants should be at the start paddock by 8.30 am, the event will start later than norm. Special Thanks goes to Paradise Bay Hotel, Mediterranean Ceramics and Virtu Ferries.

Micallef triumphs in Imtahleb

Words by E. Grech, Photo by David Axisa

Mark Micallef, driving his AutotraderMalta Radical Pro Sport proudly climbed to the highest step of the podium for the first time after a thrilling well deserved victory at Mtahleb, limits of Rabat.
As the race began, it became evident that the result was going to be a close one and that it would be a battle fought to the last run.

An incident packed session saw two minor crashes, numerous mechanical failures and the shock retirement of title-challenger and reigning champion Hubert Camilleri who yet again suffered a broken gearbox on his last run. With Camilleri leading the way in group 6 after the first run, followed very closely by Fabio Baldacchino, the possibility of a tie emerged.

However, by the end of the fourth and final run, Micallef steered to victory in a scorching time of 55.375secs; thus becoming Maltese Hill climb’s first Radical racer to have finished in the number one spot. Zach Zammit who drove impeccably in his Urban Jungle Ralt was runner up with just under a tenth of a second away from the leader for his 5th podium finish of the season. Hubert Camilleri was third in his iconic MclarenGarage Chevron B43 , claiming his fourth podium of this championship. He was just under 3 tenths of a second behind Zammit.

Imtahleb has always proven to be a dramatic race up the the top of the steep, demanding hill considered by many to be Malta’s best race-suited road. Micallef showed he was on top form from the beginning when his turbocharged Radical proved to be a true head turner as he stormed up the straight in an impressive manner. Fabio Baldacchino who won at Imtahleb in June managed an impressive fourth place and Matthew Zammit fifth, ahead of veteran Radical driver Alex Zammit.

Adam Bugeja, Anthony Bernard, James Dunford and Ivan Deidun rounded out the top 10 overall times.  Bernard in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was the only saloon road car to place amongst the single seater cars in the top positions, claiming fastest 4-wheel drive and quickest in group 2.

John Zammit of Group 3 produced an emphatic performance in his turbocharged Lotus Elise. He was fastest rear wheel drive, ranking eleventh overall. Another excellent performance was achieved by hot hatch driver Didier Bugeja. He was fastest of the front wheel drive cars in his ostentatious 1.6 litre Peugeot 106 Gti . His excellent driving led him to place 13th overall.

The hill climb at Imtahleb came to an end with a prize giving celebration and marked the end to this year’s Rabat Motorsport Festival. Mayor of Rabat Mr. Sandro Craus presented the trophies to the winners. Champagne bottles popped open soon after. The Championship comes to a close next Sunday and its all down to the last straw. This will be open for all to see at Mizieb, limits of Mellieha, the next venue that will hold the final Island Car Club hill climb of the 2012 season.

Mtahleb Event 10th June 2012

Baldacchino claims his first win at Imtahleb.

Mtahleb hosted the sixth round of the ICC Hill Climb and Sprint Championship last Sunday, with 51 entries vying for victory in one of the most technically challenging runs around.


The hill comprises a steep winding road, sharp “Ambulance Corner”, the tricky and fast “Farmhouse corner” through to the kinked straight under the trees which is often taken at speeds in excess of 100kph after which drivers decelerate rapidly to negotiate a sharp left-hand hairpin up to the ultimate sharp apex to finally cross the finish line.

For the spectators the picturesque locality had several vantage points where the action was safely visible in its entirety, whilst being within earshot of the running engines and screeching tyres.

Early morning concerns about the weather were worrying as the sun started to shine brightly and the heat was incremental as the first run approached. One could not forget to mention the hard work that was carried out the day before by the I.C.C committee who with the help of some of the members cleaned the said road hence the high grip levels after the first practice run.

After four exciting runs, it was 25-year-old Fabio Baldacchino, in his striking Satariano Properties OMS, who grabbed pole position to win this exciting hill climb in style with an excellent time of 53.340sec.

As the competition commenced, defending champion Hubert Camilleri was leading the way on the second of four runs followed closely by Matthew Zammit and Alan Curmi. It became evident that the result was going to be a close one and that it would be a battle fought to the last run but circumstances changed dramatically after the third and fourth runs. Baldacchino in the end clocked the fastest run and dominated the competition.

In 2nd place overall, Mark Micallef marked his first podium finish, grabbing a remarkable time of 53.736sec in his Auto-Trader Malta Radical Prosport. Micallef showed his true form bringing his powerful Group 5 car on the podium just four tenths of a second away from the top place.

3rd position on the day went to Zach Zammit (Urban Jungle Ralt) despite having engine troublehe muddled through to secure a podium finish with an excellent time of 54.219sec, narrowly outpacing Matthew Zammit in fourth place by a miniscule 16 hundredths of a second.  

Alan Curmi managed fifth place ahead of Hubert Camilleri in 6th place. Camilleri who currently holds the record time at Mtahleb suffered a small collision into the barrier of a tight hairpin half way up the hill due to an understeer which slightly damaged the front of his car but after endless effort by his team he was back behind the wheel and managed to complete the fourth run.

The action hand in hand with the excitement was not only focused on the single seaters. All eyes shifted on the saloon cars that showed intense competition, many of them improving their personal best times.

The honours for fastest four wheel drive car went again to the young and dynamic driver David Galea who never seized to impress and attract all the attention on track as he steered his Subaru Impreza in a striking magnificence, rallying his way to win best time in Group 2 and an outstanding 11th place overall. He outpaced Dr. Anthony Bernard (Mitsubishi Evo 6) in 2ndplace by nearly three tenths of a second. 3rd place went to Steve Buttigieg (Ford Escort Mk1 Cosworth) who showed a remarkable performance notwithstanding this was his first appearance in many years. 

In the front wheel drive series the competition results remained the same with Didier Bugeja (Peugeot 106 GTi) placing 1st, Etienne Grech (Citroen Saxo VTs) in 2nd place and Jeremy Cassar (Vw Golf Gti) in 3rd.

For best rear wheel drive, John Zammit (Lotus Elise) repeatedly secured his 1st position followed by Edward Calleja (Lotus Elise) and Ryan Mangion (Ford Escort Mk2) in 3rd.

Back to the sharp end, Jason Muscat (Radical Club Sport) achieved 7th place overall ahead of veteran driver Alex Zammit (Radical Pro Sport) in 8th place. One must mention that Zammit, a professional driver of great experience was only a tenth of a second away from Muscat hence the sportsmanship this pair reflects is what the organizers, spectators and teams enjoy profoundly.

Once more, the ICC provided a magnificent motorsport spectacle with all the talented drivers and their dedicated mechanics showing their capabilities.

The Hill climb races will halt throughout summer and will resume next September.

 



                

6th Round Hill Climb

Hill climb drivers head to Mtahleb, Rabat

The sixth round from this year's ICC Hill Climb and Sprint Championship will be held on Sunday 10th June at Mtahleb.

The Mtahleb Hill climb is synonymous with Maltese motorsport, having been host to regular races in the 70’s. Built by the Italians, the road boasted a level of construction that made it unique on the island. The variety of corners, all of which are properly banked and feature constant radii, swiftly elevated this road to iconic status.

Over 60 drivers are expected to race against the clock with road-legal as well as highly-modified racing cars, not to mention the single-seaters, all battling for overall victory.

The championship is wide open and spectators are sure to witness competitive driving up Malta’s most popular hill.

An open paddock will be held after the race and the Island Car Club in conjunction with the Local Council of Rabat, are looking to enhance the prize-winning celebration, allowing motoring enthusiasts to mingle with the drivers and their crew and view racers from close quarters.

After this race, the club will cease all championship events and will resume racing in September, after the summer break.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with the first of two practice runs. These will be followed by the two timed runs.

The general public is welcome to attend.

Is-sewwieqa tal-"Hill Climb" ihejju ghat-tellieqa li jmiss fl'Imtahleb


Il-Hadd 10 ta Gunju ser ikun hemm is-sitt tellieqa tal-"hill climb" fl'Imtahleb, limiti tar-Rabat. Wiehed jistaqsi jekk Hubert Camilleri, ic- “champion” atwali, jirnexxielux jerga jikseb hin rekord il-Hadd li gej.

Il-"Hill climb" ta' l-Mtahleb hija wahda meqjusa qalb il-Maltin. Nistghu nghidu li l-mod kif giet mibnija t-triq taghmilha wahda unika u b'hekk fl'Mtahleb ilhom jigu organizzati bosta tlielaq sa'mis-snin 70. Kull min ser imur isegwi t-tellieqa ser jara il-kapacita' tas-sewwieqa jaghmlu hilithom biex jiksbu l'ahjar hinijiet. 

L' Island Car Club mal-Kunsill lokali tar-Rabat organizzat fit-tmiem tat-tellieqa cerimonja fejn ser jinghataw premijiet lir-rebbieha. L' Island Car Club tirringrazzja lil-Kunsill Lokali tar-Rabat u partikolarment lis-sindku Sandro Craus ta' l-ghajnuna kontinwa tieghu.

L-ewwel "run" tat-tellieqa nhar il-Hadd li gej ser tibda fid-09.00.

Recordman Camilleri blasts to victory

The fifth round from the ICC hill climb championship was held on Sunday 27th May at Mtahleb, Rabat.

Hubert Camilleri had a perfect comeback to the winning scene after winning the day's honours in fine style with a record time of 52.697sec, a new record for the hill climb to stave off the challenge of other competitors.
The reigning champion was impeccable all day, driving four masterly climbs to head the standings at the end of all four, in his Mclaren-Garage Chevron B43.

Fabio Baldacchino, driving his Satariano Properties OMS, achieved second overall place and in his last run topped his class with a winning time of 54.246sec, an excellent performance from the rookie driver who drove his car to exalting levels.
Third overall was Alan Curmi in his J & J Curmi JBR3 with a respectable time of 54.944sec, an outstanding performance from the young driver who seems to be throwing his anchor on the podium.

Racing started in sweltering heat and competition in all classes was as hot as the weather itself.

As is always the case at Mtahleb, there was again a good number of competitors, Didier Bugeja driving his Group 2 Peugeot 106 GTi was the quickest front wheel drive car with a blistering time of 60.891sec and with a fine 18th place overall. He was followed by Etienne Grech in his Citroen Saxo VTS and Jeremy Cassar in his VW Golf Mk2 GTi.

The honours for fastest four wheel drive car this time went the way of Dr. Anthony Bernard who put in a superhuman effort on his last run to put his potent Group 2 Mitsubishi Evo6 in an excellent tenth place overall with a time of 57.129sec. The 'Flying doctor' outpaced David Galea (Subaru Impreza) by just over two tenths of a second, indeed a close and exciting battle between the two saloon cars. Teddy Aquilina was close behind in his Cosworth powered Ford Escort Mk1.

The best time for rear wheel drive cars was clocked by Mellieha’s reputable Joseph Cutajar in his mythical Ford Escort Mk2 Cosworth with a time of 59.015sec. Charles Cutajar was 2nd fastest in his Ford Escort Mk1 and Anthony Agius was 3rd in his Auto Cross Ford Escort.

Back at the sharp end, fourth overall was young Zach Zammit, driving the same Ralt that was used to win at Mizieb last April. Zammit suffered mechanical difficulties but nevertheless still managed to achieve a good time.
Jason Muscat (Radical Clubsport), fifth overall on Sunday, has achieved top ten standings already, and is hovering close to the top step as is sixth place overall driver Patrick Gauci (Hawke DLB6) who narrowly outpaced veteran driver Alex Zammit in his Radical Prosport by less then a tenth of a second.

Matthew Zammit who won the Gozo event last month in his Van Diemen F1000 had to retire after suffering a broken drive-shaft at the start line before the 3rd run.

Other excellent placings were those of newcomer Adam Bugeja(Edge Piranha) who placed 8th overall, Ivan Deidun (IDR), Kurt Camilleri (Mitsubishi Evo) who was fastest in group1, Neil Falzon (Subaru Impreza), Michael Fenech (Audi TT), Terence Vella (Honda CRX) and new boy Luigi Mifsud (Honda Civic).

A prize-giving celebration was held after the race whereby Rabat Mayor Mr. Sandro Craus presented trophies to the winning drivers who later enjoyed showering each other with Champagne whilst the spectators who were present cheered the winners.

The next appointment for the hill climb championship is on June 10th at Mtahleb.

 

Mtahleb Event May 2012

Hill climb championship heads to L-Imtahleb, Rabat

The fifth event of the Island Car Club's 2012 Hill Climb and Sprint Championship is scheduled for next Sunday at L-Imtahleb, limits of Rabat.
Having been host to regular races since the 1960’s, the 2km-long road boasts a superior level of construction that makes it unique, including various high-speed flowing curves, a 500 metre long stretch under the trees culminating in a roaring sprint up the steep hill to a banked right hand corner before crossing the finish line. 
Over 60 drivers are expected to race against the clock with road-legal as well as highly-modified racing cars, not to mention the single-seaters, all battling for overall victory. 
The overall championship is wide open with three different winners so far; though there are several other groups and classes where the title race is still open and this should create a healthy competitive atmosphere.
As interest in the championship has increased significantly during the season, an open paddock will be held after the race and the Island Car Club in conjunction with the Local Council of Rabat, are looking to enhance the prize-winning celebration, allowing motoring enthusiasts to mingle with the drivers and their crew and view racers from close quarters.

the Hill climb Races will be on the 27th Sunday, The first run of the day will commence at 9 a.m.

 

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