Malta to host European Drag Championship once Ħal Far Drag Track is completed
Malta could host the European Drag Racing Championship in April 2023 pending the completion of the drag track in the Ħal Far industrial area.
Malta Motorsport Federation chairman Duncan Micallef announced the news at a press conference on Monday evening. He revealed that Malta could host its first international event if work on the drag strip is completed by November 2022.
“The exact day we announce the project, we are already announcing an international event,” Micallef said in disbelief.
The European Drag Racing Championship is organized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), with dragsters competing in a straight-line acceleration test.
FIA Vice-President Graham Stoker was also present at the conference. He praised the investment and noted that the track will be located near a busy industrial area.
In this regard, he suggested promoting a local industrial activity linked to mechanical sports.
A 20 million euro project, the race track was announced on Monday (today), with a planning request already submitted in order to obtain the corresponding permits.
Three tracks will be built on site to host motorsport races, drag races, karting and drifting.
Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat mentioned that the track will generate 220 full-time jobs on the track, while no taxpayer income will be used to fund the project, as it is fully funded by the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF ).
Clifton Grima, parliamentary secretary for sports, praised Muscat for the help the NDSF has received, and added that more funds will likely be used to fund other sports initiatives.
“We are a government that invests in people,” he said.
Grima added that the track is FIA approved for high level international events.
He reiterated that the project will not occupy agricultural land and that efforts have been made to ensure that it is not built on non-development areas.
Grima revealed that existing structures nearby will be fitted with noise barriers to help reduce noise emissions from the track.