"THE NEWSLETTER January Edition The Caffe Oasis Karting Club"
THE NEWSLETTER January 2008 Edition The Caffe Oasis - Karting Club (Malta) Championship 2007/08 Kicks off The much awaited Maiden Championship Organised by Karting Club (Malta) finally kicked on Sunday 9th December 2007. A total of 27 drivers presented themselves at the Hal Far Race track. This number of drivers means that all the 5 Categories will be of a highly competitive nature. The weather conditions were not ideal for a Karting event, as there was a high risk of rain. In fact racing was suspended twice because of downpours. The committee members would like to thank all the Sponsors, Marshalls, helpers and media representatives, who have made the event such a success. A full article regarding the competitive aspect of the day can be found further on in this newsletter. This newsletter is distributed free of charge to all Karting Club (Malta) Members. Thus, it would be greatly appreciated if members could forward their email address to the editor, so as to reduce the postage expenses. Please forward your email address to the editor by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Editor January 2008 Edition Page 2 Message from the Club Public Relations Officer – Mr. Michael Turner It has been an eventful season so far and a good start to the CAFFE OASIS CHAMPIONSHIP despite the awful weather. The KCM Committee and Secretary and Race Officials must be congratulated for the professional manner in which the competition has been conducted. This enables KCM to stand with head high among the international Karting brotherhood, which is essential to future development of Karting in Malta. Continuing contact with foreign Karting clubs and organizations has highlighted the fact that the sport is run abroad on a commercial basis, i.e. investment is available but only that which shows a profit for the investors. Therefore we must be able to show, by the end of this Championship, that Malta has a thriving and growing Karting community which can support inward investment, and a dedicated track. This should not be too difficult because you are already showing you can manage yourselves in a professional manner. We shall also need to produce the appropriate space available for a track to be used commercially. There is already interest from abroad and people prepared to make propositions both on the racing and also on the tuition and training aspects. So given appropriate support from official bodies, by end 2008, we should be aiming to prepare detailed business plans and projections, based on the firm achievements of this championship season. The same will apply to potential sponsors. Congratulations to all on the achievements so far! The First Christmas Dinner for Karting Club (Malta) The First Dinner Organised by the Karting Club (Malta) was held on Saturday 22nd December 2007 at the Harruba Restaurant, Hotel Intercontinental Malta, St Julian’s. This was a fantastic event with a turnover of close to a hundred persons. Whilst celebrating the Festive Season with Family and Friends, all the persons present were offered a buffet consisting of more than 30 items ranging from antipasti, pasta, fish, roasts and sweets. Following the dinner a raffle took place. An array of prizes was up for grabs, ranging from Food vouchers to Karting Material. The Organisers wish to thank all the sponsors who decided to offer some of their products or services to help the Club raise some funds. Finally the Organising Committee would like to thank all the staff at the Intercontinental Hotel, for making us all so welcome and offering us a very pleasant evening. January 2008 Edition Page 3 The Caffe Oasis – Karting Club (Malta) Championship 2007/08 – Standings Kid’s Class Position Driver Name Kart Number Pole Positions Races Won Points 1st Joseph Saliba 101 0 1 23 2nd Ryan Borg 10 0 0 18 3rd Nicolai Aquilina 18 1 1 13 100cc Air Cooled Position Driver Name Kart Number Pole Positions Races Won Points 1st Jacques Mizzi 111 1 1 23 2nd Christian Mallia 7 0 1 23 3rd Braydon Bonnici 4 0 0 0 125cc Water Cooled - Restricted Position Driver Name Kart Number Pole Positions Races Won Points 1st Roderick Cascun 1 1 2 26 2nd Peter Bonnici 5 0 0 17 3rd Ramon Caruana 11 0 0 16 4th Ryan Cassar 33 0 0 13 5th Elmar Grech 45 0 0 10 125cc Water Cooled - Racing Position Driver Name Kart Number Pole Positions Races Won Points 1st Keith Schembri 45 0 2 26 2nd Charles Grima 25 0 0 18 3rd Raymond Borg 36 0 0 13 4th Jesmond Mallia 28 0 0 10 5th Renald Farrugia 4 1 0 7 6th Philip Galea 7 0 0 6 7th Lawrence Fabri 67 0 0 0 100cc Water Cooled Position Driver Name Kart Number Pole Positions Races Won Points 1st Clayton Mizzi 24 0 0 20 2nd John Micallef 2 0 0 15 3rd Trevor Muscat 4 0 1 13 4th Rueben Mifsud 33 1 1 13 5th Chris Seguna 3 0 0 13 6th Keith Attard 10 0 0 13 7th Glenn Vassallo 16 0 0 11 8th Jacques Mizzi 111 0 0 4 9th Natalino Farrugia 7 0 0 0 Championship & non-Championship events organised by Karting Club (Malta) are governed by the General Competition Rules as issued by the club. Drivers who require a copy of the said GCR are to request one either by calling on 9982 3585 or email email@example.com. January 2008 Edition Page 4 The Caffe Oasis - Karting Club (Malta) Championship 2007/08 – Race 1 On Sunday 9th December 2007, Karting Club (Malta) held Championship Race 1 at the Hal Far Karting Raceway. This race was highly awaited by the club members since it had already been postponed twice due to bad weather. Incidentally, the weather conditions once again played a very important part, where there were instances when the Event was close to being postponed before it started or being cancelled halfway through. Joseph Saliba, Jacques Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Clayton Mizzi all resulted as the winners in their respective classes, with most of the races being highly competitive. Kid’s Class The four drivers in this class put up a very entertaining race, with Nicolai Aquilina deservedly winning Pole Position with a time of 35.190 secs., followed by Joseph Saliba, Ryan Borg and Neil Micallef. Race 1 was closely fought between Aquilina and Saliba, even though Micallef surprisingly jumped into 1st position as soon as the Race Director waved the Starting Flag. The inexperienced Micallef, though, couldn’t keep the other drivers behind him for long and so Aquilina and Saliba had a close contest for the win with Aquilina resulting victorious. Race 2 had a different story line. Once again Micallef jumped into 1st position at the start but the rest of the pack were involved in a collision which resulted in Aquilina having to retire from the race. Micallef maintained the lead for 5 of the 10 laps, but then was overtaken by both Saliba and Borg. This time around, Saliba had a comfortable run to victory as Borg wasn’t as fast as usual and therefore couldn’t pose any threat to the runaway Saliba. The overall result for this class was as follows: 1st Joseph Saliba, 2nd Ryan Borg, 3rd Nicolai Aquilina and 4th Neil Micallef 100cc Air Cooled This class is intended for junior drivers who are in the process of moving from the Kid’s Class to the Senior Levels and therefore can be considered as a “Schooling Class”. January 2008 Edition Page 5 Jacques Mizzi, immediately started setting the pace from Qualifying, where he registered a strong 31.158 secs. Christian Mallia suffered mechanical failure and could only register a time 0.642 secs. slower than Mizzi’s, while Braydon Bonnici was forced to retire immediately due to engine failure. Both Races were therefore compromised by the difficulties Mallia was suffering and Jacques Mizzi had an easy run to victory in Race 1 but was unlucky when he suffered technical difficulties and had to retire in Race 2. One has to mention, though, that Mallia’s fastest lap, registered in Race 1 compared positively with Mizzi’s fastest lap, registered during Qualifying. Mallia’s lap time was a mere 0.226 secs. slower than Mizzi’s. Overall result for this class was as follows: 1st Jacques Mizzi, 2nd Christian Mallia and 3rd Braydon Bonnici. 125cc Water Cooled - Restricted Once again Roderick Cascun resulted as victorious in this class and now can be truly considered as the strongest title challenger. His Qualifying time of 31.526 secs., faster than the 2nd Qualifier Elmar Grech. In Race 1, Cascun had a very good start, where he managed to immediately create a gap between himself and the following drivers. Surprisingly, the newcomer, Peter Bonnici settled in 2nd place and maintained this position until the end of this race. Caruana Smith and Ryan Cassar followed with Elmar Grech, another title contender, suffered technical difficulties and had to retire during Lap 1. Race 2 offered another surprise, where on start, Bonnici raced ahead of Cascun and maintained the first position for 6 laps. Unluckily on Lap 6, he was involved in an accident with the following drivers and was relegated to the last position. Elmar Grech and Cascun put up an entertaining competition for 1st place with Cascun resulting victorious. Overall result for this class was as follows: 1st Roderick Cascun, 2nd Peter Bonnici, 3rd Ramon Caruana Smith, 4th Ryan Cassar and 5th Elmar Grech January 2008 Edition Page 6 125cc Water Cooled - Racing In this Class, Renald Farrugia and Keith Schembri were clearly the fastest drivers on track. This was proven by their Qualifying times. Farrugia set a blistering time of 29.940 secs. a massive 0.631 secs. faster than 2nd placed Keith Schembri, while the rest of the pack were all amassed in 0.6 of a second. Farrugia continued on where he had left during the Qualifying Session and led the race from Lap 1 to Lap 19, with an advantage peaking to 3 secs. on 2nd Placed Schembri. Jesmond Mallia made a great run moving from 7th to 3rd place. Unluckily, Farrugia suffered technical difficulties in the very last lap and moved from 1st to 4th with the finish line in sight. Thus Schembri, Mallia and Charles Grima took the three steps of the podium. In race 2, Schembri, who was starting from Pole, tried to create a gap between him and the rest of the drivers, knowing that Farrugia, the only one who could offer him a strong competition, was starting from 4th. Schembri’s lead lasted for 14 laps, with Farrugia overtaking him on lap 15. Bad luck struck Farrugia once again and he had to retire from the race on lap 17 handing once again the victory to Schembri. This heat resulted in a disastrous one for the rest of the drivers with Mallia, Galea and Fabri all retiring. Only 3 of the 7 drivers managed to complete all the 20 laps. Final Classification read as follows: 1st Keith Schembri, 2nd Charles Grima, 3rd Raymond Borg, 4th Jesmond Mallia, 5th Renald Farrugia, 6th Philip Galea and 7th Lawrence Fabri. 100cc Water Cooled Expectation was very high for this Event. Drivers like Trevor Muscat, Rueben Mifsud, Clayton Mizzi and Chris Seguna were all among the favorites for the final victory. Trevor Muscat distinguished himself during Qualifying by recording a lap time of 29.539 secs. with his closest follower being Rueben Mifsud with a lap time of 29.814 secs. The rest of the drivers, with the exception of Natalino Farrugia, who couldn’t get himself a fast rhythm all through the day, were all packed in a gap of 0.352 seconds. January 2008 Edition Page 7 Both races for this class were the worst affected by the bad weather. Race 1 had to be stopped after just 3 laps, because it started to rain and driving was extremely dangerous. On restart, Mifsud managed to edge past Muscat, with Mizzi following a close 3rd. Keith Attard who started the race in 6th position and John Micallef who started in 8th Position both had a very good start. Both drivers managed to gain 2 places within the first curve and Attard was running 4th while Micallef was running 6th. Mifsud and Muscat were running very close as were Attard and Seguna. Trevor Muscat, on Lap 7 managed to edge past Mifsud and thus gained the lead of the race. He started to set a fast pace and managed to create a gap of 1.121 secs. on the 2nd placed Mifsud but unluckily had to retire on lap 11. Mifsud moved into 1st once again and the top three were Mifsud, Mizzi and Attard respectively. This remained so until the 19th lap when disaster struck Attard. Vassallo, running in 5th position tried an impossible move of overtaking both Attard and Micallef in one go. Unluckily he collided with Attard and both drivers fell behind in the classification. Rueben Mifsud went on to win the race followed by Mizzi, Micallef, Seguna, Attard, Vassallo, Jacques Mizzi and Farrugia. Following an appeal, the results for Race 1 were changed as follows : 1st Rueben Mifsud, 2nd Clayton Mizzi, 3rd Keith Attard, 4th John Micallef, 5th Chris Seguna, 6th Glenn Vassallo DNF Jacques Mizzi & DNF Natalino Farrugia. Race 2 was characterized by the fact that Muscat was starting from last position, thus having to force his rhythm to make up positions. He immediately gained 4 positions on start, Attard lost 2 and Vassallo ended last. Mifsud on the other hand was steadily creating a gap between himself and Mizzi. On lap 6, when the gap was at 1.043 secs., Mifsud was forced to retire due to an engine failure and thus Mizzi took control of the race. In the meantime, Muscat was steadily gaining positions and finally on the 10th lap he successfully attacked the 1st Position. Muscat’s pace was too much for Mizzi and within 4 laps the gap was already 1.667 seconds. On lap 16, rain started falling once again and the Race Director, Mr. Paul Gatt, decided to call an end to the race. Final classification for this class was : 1st Clayton Mizzi, 2nd John Micallef, 3rd Trevor Muscat, 4th Rueben Mifsud, 5th Chris Seguna, 6th Keith Attard, 7th Glenn Vassallo, 8th Jacques Mizzi and 9th Natalino Farrugia. January 2008 Edition Page 8 Karting Club (Malta) Participates in On Sunday 23rd December 2007, Paqpaqli Ghall-Istrina 2007 was held at the Malta Fairs and Conference Centre in Ta’ Qali. Karting Club (Malta) was represented by a consistent number of Karts and their owners. We can proudly state that our stand was one of the best in the whole show. We would like to thank Mr. Paul Mizzi for making Kart Transport Van available for the event. Unluckily, weather again played a very important role in this event. A number of activities planned to be held in the parking area had to be cancelled. A track was to be prepared for our Club’s members and other motorbike owners, but this was called off because of the precipitation. Even though the number of participants didn’t reach that planned, the fundraising was still a success, raising more than € 14,000 for such a noble cause. Karting Club (Malta) are proud to have been included in this charitable event and we would like to forward our congratulations to the organisers for such a successful result. All Championship and Karting Photos are courtesy of Mr. Julian Calleja. They can be viewed and ordered on www. geocities.com/juliancallejamccall Thanks Julian for your continued Support! January 2008 Edition Page 9 The General Competition Rules Explained: Race Categories Mini Kart (Kid’s Class) Age Bracket: Participants must not be over the age of 14 years Weight Limitation: The Minimum Combined Weight (Kart, Driver, Driving Suit, Helmet, etc.) Must not be less than 105 Kgs (Additional Weight is accepted) Carburator/Exhaust Systems: These must not be altered from the original manufacturer’s specifications. Rear Shaft: This must not exceed 30mm in Diameter Tyres: Only Vega White Sizes Front 10x4.00-5 and Rear 11x5.00-5 are accepted Pedals: Pedal extensions are accepted, provided that they are approved by the Race Scrutineers before each event. Engine and Chassis: All the Engine and Chassis regulations that can be found on the General Competition Rules are applicable for this class. January 2008 Edition Page 10 Basic Kart Set-up: Ride Height Changing the ride height of your kart makes a big difference to handling. When there isn't a lot of grip on the track and the kart is sliding all over the place raising the chassis can help a lot by raising the center of gravity. Normally you would want to run the chassis low for a low center of gravity to maximise overall grip. On bumpy street tracks having the chassis higher is a good idea because street tracks usually aren't very grippy and you will avoid any ground clearance issues with the brake disc and sprocket - and on a street track its better to have a kart which binds a little than to have one which slides a lot to avoid oversteering into curbs. You can also try to change just the front or the rear ride height to affect handling. If you are experiencing lots of understeer for example you may want to raise the front end and see if you can generate a bit more front end bite. Toe-in/Out Setting the front end alignment is important to have a kart that handles predictably, and should be checked often. On karts you will mainly be looking to have 0mm toe to about 2mm toe-out. Having toe-out will make the kart more responsive to steering movements and will improve turn-in. The more your tyres are pointing away from dead-ahead however the more rolling resistance you are introducing. In wet weather you would be looking to run 2mm or more toe to reduce understeer which is common place because not as much weight is transfered forward under braking. Advertise on For Further Details Please contact Mr. Philip Galea (Mob: +356 7947 4687) or email on firstname.lastname@example.org January 2008 Edition Page 11 Mr. Anthony Borda, Honorary President of the Malta Drag Racing Association dies at the age of December 2007 marked a very sad moment both for Maltese Motor Sport and for Karting Club (Malta). Unluckily on Sunday 1st December 2007, Mr. Anthony Borda, the Honorary President of the Malta Drag Racing Association died at the age of 56, through heart failure. Apart from the fact that our friend Anthony was one of those persons who really worked hard to improve the local motor sport scene, he was also a very good friend of our club. He was one of the first club officials to offer his true and tangible support to Karting Club (Malta). Mr. Borda was the person who came up with the idea of hosting our club’s members in the November Edition of the MDRA ¼ mile competition. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome on the day and to help us increase our exposure to the Maltese Motor Sport Enthusiasts. Through these pages, the Committee and Members of the Karting Club (Malta), would like to forward there deepest sympathy to the Borda Family and all of his friends. May God give him eternal rest! Members’ Area In this section we will be including a list of new members, any members’ birthdays and special member related occasions which might be happening during this month. New Members: Daniel Duncan Mallia (Ziffa) – Zabbar Birthdays: Mark Migneco – 3rd January Ramon Caruana Smith – 8th January Elmar Grech – 16th January John Sultana – 19th January January 2008 Edition Page 12 Fernando Alonso Goes Back To His Roots Fernando Alonso, the FIA Formula One Ex-Champion, surprised everyone and visited Lonato Track in Italy, for a session of Karting. When interviewed, Alonso said that he needed this session to relax after a very difficult Formula One season. The kart chassis used by Fernando Alonso, carries his own name, that is, FA Kart, owned by Marco Genis’ Spanish team. Engines used were Vortex KF1 and KZ1. With both set ups, Fernando proved to be an ace behind the wheel, being recording extremely good laptimes. His best lap time being 42.70 secs. It is to be said that even though the track had areas which were excessively slippery, he managed to record times which were very close to the ones recording during the latest official events. Karting Club (Malta) Forthcoming Events 13th January 2008 – Championship 2007/08 Race 2 27th January 2008 – Championship 2007/08 Race 3 10th February 2008 - Championship 2007/08 Race 4 24th February 2008 – Championship 2007/08 Race 5 Official Race Results and lap times will be available after each race on www.mylaps.com All local Photographs are courtesy of Mr. Julian Calleja McCall and are available on www.geocities.com/juliancallejamccall or call on 9946 6884