Last Sunday at the track we had the presentation for April’s driver of the month. During this season the Malta Racing Club, together with the representatives of the HOADA, have introduced the award of driver of the month. Each month several persons, including horse racing journalists, put forward their suggestions which are then evaluated in order to find who best deserves to be named driver of the month.
For the month of April the choice fell on 38-year old Gozitan driver Julian Farrugia. His career spans 23 years of success during which he has driven over 3400 races gaining more than 500 victories.
Julian Farrugia has always featured with the top local catch drivers and since the 1998/99 season he has always been in the top four apart from the seasons 2004 and 2005 when he nearly stopped driving altogether.
This season he is currently in 4th place of the best driver classification. January to March were not very good months for him but things picked up during April. In April he won 6 races, three of them during the same meeting. During the 21st meeting on 22nd April, Farrugia won two Silver category semi finals from the Skyparks Championship as well as one semi final from the Premier Category of the same championship. Incidentally on Sunday, Julian Farrugia managed to win two more races.
The presentation was effected by the sponsor of the award – Mario Farrugia, in the name of P & M Farrugia (Tan-Niger).