Exodus

Zach Zammit and his Empire racing car.

The repercussions of the Paqpaq accident last October do not appear to have had much in the way of lengthy consequences with most local motorsport disciplines. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the local hill climb scene. The net result of all this is an exodus of local enthusiasts to nearby Sicily.

So where’s the problem with hill climbs? I have listened to, and read various discussions on the matter by frustrated hill climb enthusiasts, and none seem to make much sense. Paqpaq has as much to do with it as NASA flying passengers to Mars. Sick of seeing their beloved race cars gathering dust in their garages, a good number of enthusiasts have decided to do something about it, and the only practical avenue available to all is Sicily.

By far the most popular hunting ground in Sicily is the Autodromo Valle dei Templi at Racalmuto, one of the safest circuits it has been my pleasure to race on, with ample run off areas everywhere. In terms of other homologated car racing circuits the Enna circuit around the Lago di Pergusa, and the old Syracuse Grand Prix circuit both have plenty of history, as opposed to the autodromo at Racalmuto, which is packed solid every weekend of the year, and most weekdays too. Concordia is particularly popular with the local motorcycling fraternity. And then of course there are kartodromi scattered all over the place from the Kartodromo Sole Luna at Vittoria just half an hour’s drive from Pozzallo, to Villasmundo, Acireale, Gela, Kinesia, and so many others all within a couple of hours of the Virtu Ferry landing place at Pozzallo. Sicily really is a haven for motorsport. And we haven’t even started talking about their superb hill climbs, which are the envy of Europe.