17/04/2024

Maltese Karting Stars Dominate Again at South Garda and Triscina

Maltese karting drivers, yet again, showcased their talent at the South Garda Karting Track in Lonato, Italy and Triscina, Sicily, making waves in the highly competitive ROK Winter Trophy and Coppa Italia.

At the South Garda Karting Track, Benjamin Westwood, Jessica Calleja, and Morgan Zammit represented Malta in the ROK Winter Trophy, a renowned event attracting top karting talent from around the world. Despite facing formidable competition, these young drivers exhibited exceptional performance on track.

Benjamin Westwood, at just 11 years old, etched his name in history by securing a monumental victory, claiming the top spot in the mini category. Racing against 44 drivers, Benjamin’s triumph underscores his remarkable skill and determination. Despite encountering engine problems during qualifying, he displayed his effort and consistency, climbing an impressive 14 places to clinch victory in the final race. His achievement not only highlights his talent but also serves as a huge achievement to the support of his team and sponsors.

Jessica Calleja, in her debut ROK event, showcased her potential by advancing to the final stage. Battling against a competitive field, Jessica’s determination and will power were evident as she climbed five places to finish 30th overall. Her participation in the ROK Winter Trophy marks the beginning of a promising journey, with plans to compete in the ROK Cup Championship Italy and national races in the future.

Morgan Zammit, despite encountering unfortunate setbacks, displayed glimpses of brilliance throughout the competition. Despite being the youngest among the Maltese drivers, Morgan’s performance in the qualifying heats and early stages of the final showcased his talent and potential. Although forced to retire early due to an accident, Morgan’s talent and skill are indicative of a promising future in karting.

Meanwhile, in Triscina Sicily, Zane Pace, Eli Xuereb, Ayrton Tonna, and Kimi Bugeja represented Malta in the Mini GR3 category. Despite facing challenges, including adverse weather conditions, these drivers demonstrated remarkable skill on track.

Eli Xuereb and Zane Pace secured impressive 5th and 7th positions, respectively, in the final race of the Mini GR3 category. In the Mini GR3 Under 10 category, Ayrton Tonna clinched victory in the final race, overcoming initial setbacks. Kimi Bugeja displayed strong performance throughout the competition, despite encountering difficulties in the final race.

Reflecting on the weekend’s events, the drivers emphasized the importance of learning from challenges and maintaining a positive attitude. The support of family, sponsors, and team members played a crucial role in the drivers’ success, underscoring the collaborative effort behind their achievements.

The outstanding performance of the Maltese karting talent on the international stage highlights the growing prominence of motorsport in Malta. With these promising young drivers leading the charge, the future of Maltese motorsport looks exceptionally bright.