30 participants for All Wheel Drive Club Malta offroad trials

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The All Wheel Drive Club Malta held its first trails on Sunday 18th of October 2020 at its Aħrax Offroad Quarry in Mellieħa. 

Thirty participants took part in four distinct classes, drivers included 15-year-old Megan Abdilla, on a Land Rover and 17-year-old Bradley Aquilina driving a self-built buggy.

The 4×4 Offroad Trial is a technically intensive driving race, not against time but ability to pass through the course with minimal penalties. The terrain was fresh for everyone, having been altered with an excavator the previous week.

The Standards class, whereby participants use stock cars with minimal modifications permitted, was dominated by Shaun Pulis and co-driver Larkin Butler. Driving a Suzuki, Larkin scored a total of 21 penalty points. Pulis was closely followed by his own co-driver Larkin driving another Suzuki and was penalised only 24 points. Nikki Pace and Pietro Vencin placed third. With 16 competitors, this class was the biggest class of the day.

Thomas Galea and co-driver Brandon Cassar driving a Land Rover 90 dominated the Advance Class, which permits more car modifications. Thomas scored a maximum of 26 points, Jason Cassar and co driver Hector Gatt placed second with 44 points. third place went to Dorian Micallef and Jean Azzopardi, driving a modified Suzuki.

In the Extreme Class, Glenn Cardona and co-driver Christian Zampa, riding a modified Mazda, placed first with 406 penalty points. Dale Spiteri and Matthew Casssar followed closely with 410 points, on a Land Rover 90. 

The modified class, open for ultra-modified and purpose-built race cars was led by Brandon Cassar and co-driver Thomas Galea, on a heavily modified Range Rover with 105 penalty points. Cassar and Galea were followed by Owen Borg and Nicholas Borg.