Karting in Rotax Max and became runner up in National championship (Couldn't attend last event).
Bought T-Bucket with his partner Joe Ghiller and managed just 6 runs (10 seconds) and last one 8.5 sec with nitro injected. John Cassar (Nicknamed Lonz) was the team’s crew chief and tuner and he exploit his experience to Duncun’s needs. John Cassar was the only maltese to race a Top Fuel car in Malta back in the early 90’s.
Switched to Top Methanol Dragster with TF chassis (Ex Andy Carter). The team needed more crew members and Franco Pace came in the scene,he was also an Ex Knut Soderquist crew in TF. It was a very difficult year for the team until we realized that we needed to change the engine and transmission in the car.
A new setup was bought and installed in the same chassis. Timo and Dennis Habermann was contacted to tune and help us with our new setup. 10th October the very first run with the new setup resulted in a 5.93 sec run /0.93 60ft. 2 hours later 5.92 sec.
May, once again under the supervision of the Habermanns we managed to run the car twice results were a dissapointing 6.6 and 5.98. November, managed a 0.92 60Ft but shook at 660ft and 6.1 sec. 2 hours later 5.83 with poor traction at the first half just managed a 1.00 60ft.
So really, Duncan's carrier consisted with just a few runs to his name.
Contacted Rune Field with the intensions to go Top Fuel and he gave me green light. I didn’t knew what it takes to drive a TF but John told me that it will tough. Some people taught that I was going crazy but I kept calm. I trained physically very hard before Easter. First run - my aim was to keep calm and in fact it does really work .... view more
The Festival of Power event at Santa Pod was a weekend of all new for many reasons. To list a few, the track was resurfaced and until that weekend didn't see much going on due to bad weather. Duncan decided to have a new all Maltese crew. This crew performed extremely well for their first encounter, Raymond Debono was taking care of all clutch related servicing while Mark Farrugia and John Cassar were handling the cylinder heads with the help of Adrian Busuttil which is an all rounder and a very useful person. Franco Pace had bottom end duty, while Duncan was concentrating on how to get down the track in the chilly conditions. Joe Ghiller was supervising the new crew with the instruction given from Rjune Field's crew which were very helpful. Duncan briefed the new crew of what will take place during the weekend and what they will encounter which was very professional to prepare as this made a clear view on how things will run. After fitting some new stickers and decals to the Telephone Box car which included the newly designed website (www.duncanmicallef.com) and a facebook page (Duncan Micallef Maltese Top Fuel Driver) the crew got their hands on the car to prepare for the run.
The First Run looked quite smooth but Duncan had fog issues in his helmet which meant that he couldn't make the full run and shut off early which still showed the immense determination Duncan had for this weekend.
He explained that for the majoring of this run he didn't see anything and practically he did all with eyes closed. Later in the weekend Duncan managed to clock a 4.92sec and 0.93 60ft which was the best clock for the weekend and since track resurfaced, all this was done on a 2.7sec throttle as the blower belt let go. In the final run we had the intension that we will run with Risto but we were told that it was not possible due to track conditions which was very cold and could prove unsafe. At the end of this weekend Duncan and the team were extremely satisfied with what they had achieved since this was an experimental weekend which resulted in the best ET of the weekend and best since track resurface.
Duncan plans to run some more events this season in preparation for 2014 season, and his aim is to run the full season. He is looking for some help in the form of sponsorship to realize his mission. He can be contacted on facebook 'Duncan TF Micallef'. We would like to thank our sponsors and all supporters for the great encouragement and positive feedback. See you all in Nitrolympx and at the European Finals Santa Pod ! Nitro methane is our blood group, Horsepower is our living!
MDRA event No 2
This was an event which we were mainly concentrated on Team Practice when it comes to servicing the engine and components between runs. We used our top methanol as many schedules are similar to a Top Fuel and the crew worked amazingly well and we managed to beat the cars best numbers and although we were not lucky enough, we still managed a two 5.83sec runs which could have been easily a 5.7run if not faced with some teething problems. But all in all, we had fun and the crew worked as a team once again although we had a new member for that weekend it looked like he was working with the team for years! Welcome on board Ronnie
Joe Ghiller Joe is the person who has to take all the blame behind this venture! Joe was the guy who let me in this motorsport and for sure he is also the front man to speak to, when you try to get in our teritory. Joe is the owner of Telephone Box which is the main sponsor of the team. Joe beleives alot in me and we never looked backwards so far.
Frank Pace Frank is also an experienced guy who worked alot with Knut Soderquist (Top Fuel Legend). His daily job is a mechanic so he is also a very important person for our team. Frank was the man who helped us to break the 7 second barrier at that time. His Job is Bearings.
Raymond Debono Raymond has been with us since the last 2 years. It was all new for him were it comes to Drag Racing but his passion to do it will help him to learn quickly. He is a hard working guy and his job will be on the clutch.
Mark Farrugia Mark is also a full time mechanic and his second job is Drag Racing! Its the first time he is working on such a car like this but we are really confident of him that he will succeed. Mark is a very energetic person and he also has some tune up experience were it comes to 4 cylinder race cars. He also has his own car for drag racing. His job will be Top end.
Adrian Busuttil Adrian is an old helper with our team. He is probably the most important person as he does all what it takes. He is a very experienced and a very strong person. He will do everything for winning!
Ronnie Busuttil He is the new addition to the team. He has been in drag racing long enough and while not racing his own car, he is helping all his friends during all the local events. His passion for this sport is immense and we are glad to have him with us. His job will be top end.
Chassis - Spitzer/Webster
Engine Displacment - 500cui
Power - 8000 horsepower at 8200rpm
Weight - 2350lbs
Wheelbase - 300inch
Engine block - TFX
Bore - 4.181
Stroke - 4.500
Bearings - Clevite
Crankshaft - Bryant
Coneecting Rods - Venolia
Pistons - JE
Oil Filter - System 1
Camshaft - Erson
Lifters - CamFX
Pushrods - Manton
Cylinder Heads - AJE
Intake Valves - Manley, Titanium
Exhaust Valves - Manley, Titanium
Valve Springs - Manley
Seat Pressure (450) & Open Pressure (1000)
Rocker Arms - Stage V
Supercharger - PSI
Fuel Pump - Waterman, 100 gallon per minute
Fuel System - AFT/EM/RFM
Ignition - MSD Pro Mag 44amp (dual)
Oil - Valvoline
Fuel - 90% Nitromethane, 10% Methanol
Clutch - AFT 10.5inch, 5 disc
Bell Housing - Trick Titanium
Data Recorder - Race Pak
Brakes - Lamb
Rear End - Chrisman