Maltese Karting Drivers Shine Overseas with Outstanding Performances

Local talent once again showcased its prowess on the international karting stage, with six talented drivers dominating their respective classes at the Pista Del Sole in Melilli, Sicily over the weekend.

In the fiercely competitive Mini GR3 class, Mason Barun demonstrated his racing finesse by securing a remarkable third-place finish in both Pole Position and the Pre-final. However, it was in the Final where Barun truly shone, claiming the top spot with a brilliant first-place finish. Zane Pace, another standout performer in the same category, secured a second-place spot in Pole Position with a mere 0.02 seconds behind the leader. After a hard-fought pre-final, Pace showcased his resilience in the Final, making a stunning recovery to clinch second place in a heated battle with Barun. Morgan Zammit, facing initial challenges in Pole Position and the pre-final, exhibited determination in the Final to secure a commendable sixth-place finish.

Gozo-native Eli, making waves in Sicily, demonstrated his skills by securing the seventh spot in Pole Position and an impressive fifth place in the Pre-Final. Despite a slight setback early in the Final, Eli showcased his determination, resuming the race and ultimately clocking the best time in his category.

In the Mini GR3 Under Category, Aryton Tonna continued his winning streak from the previous year, dominating all sessions – Pole, pre-final, and Final. Kimi Bugeja, a newcomer to the category, displayed remarkable talent by securing a commendable third place in Pole Position and the pre-final. Despite a setback in the Final, where contact with another driver dropped him to 10th place, Bugeja showcased his tenacity by making numerous overtakes to finish in a respectable fourth place.

At the WSK Super Master series in Lonato, two Maltese drivers, Jacob Micallef and Ben Piscopo, faced tough competition. Micallef displayed his skills with a commendable 32nd place in Pole Position among 50 drivers. However, despite a strong showing in the heats, he narrowly missed out on a spot in the Final. Piscopo, showing significant improvement, narrowly missed the final by one position, securing the 37th spot out of 61 drivers.

The Island Karting Club extends its heartfelt congratulations to all the drivers who represented the club abroad, emphasizing the immense pride felt for their outstanding achievements on the international stage.

Photo credit: Island Karting Club

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