By Mike Potenciano
May 27, 2018
With our separate article on the winners of the Petron KIA Rally of Champions last week, you can see that the “Family Affair: that I was referring to was the Anton family, Carlos and Iñigo. They both swept the Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA Round 3 in Subic last April 29 in dominating fashion and .what a great time to witness it firsthand!
I would now show you how exciting the battle evolved from the start and let’s start with our new racers that surprised us all.
ARRIVE AND DRIVE SHOCKER
The first shock of the day came when first timer, lady driver Irene Dizon took the overall Arrive and Drive honors when she posted a total of only 5 demerits! In her 2 runs in the Mini Countryman, she drove consistently to be only 0.52 sec off her perfect time.
Subic’s own Jun Alavaro came in as 1st runner up with 14 demerits. Another new, lady driver Aya Vargas got 2nd runner up overall with 21 demerits, veteran rally driver Boy Eusebio took 4th overall with 22 and new VW Club entry Jeru Bravo came in 5th overall with 32.
Group A was exciting with Alavaro’s Mitsubishi Mirage doing consistent times ahead of more powerful cars. Subic’s Jeff Soberon came in 2nd when he touched a pylon in his 1st run and couldn’t repeat his win in the 1st ROC round with 50 demerits. Oliver Rodriguez came in 3rd with 71 and was getting faster in every lap.
Group B winner Bravo used his new VW Jetta to good use by consistently taking the win 32 demerits. Subic’s Philip Velascø got 2nd overall with 56 demerits in the 4wd Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8. Toyota Vios Cup lady driver Aira Medrano shook off her bad luck and took 3rd overall with a score of 70.
Group C saw AAD’s Overall Champion Dizon and Eusebio take 1st and 2nd, respectively. New driver Christer Padaca used his Toyota Altis to good use and got 39 demerits for 3rd.
It was an all ladies affair in Group D! Aya Vargas, Altis co-driver Maan Gosiaco and 15yo Romina Young from Mark Young Racing clan,won the top 3 positions with 21, 23 and 123 demerits respectively.
Special awards went to Nino Ramos for posting a perfect 0 demerit in one of his runs and racing team owner Mark Young for 1 demerit, too.
The premiere event celebrated also the biggest field of champions with a new class, the Qualifiers Class, joining the Masters, Past, Present and Future Champs.
The Qualifiers were composed of the winners of the AAD who were invited to join the one make KIA race. Just to be invited was already a big win for them and do battle with their idols! Ryan Dizon won this new class with Soberon taking 2nd place and new karter Jerald Valdez in 3rd.
The Master was again taken by rally veteran Raul Tuason, who had won this twice in as many rounds. Raul’s time of 3:53.18 was untouchable and fellow veteran rally driver Eusebio managed to take 2nd place after a slow start with 4:10.15. Judge Banny Vargas of our MP Turbo Rally Team came in 3rd.
The Past Champs was a closer battle with slalom driver Alvin Santos taking the win by only 1.9 seconds in 3 runs over yours truly. I won the first run but had a mistake in the last run and lost the battle to a worthy opponent. 2000 Driver of the Year Art Guevara took 3rd overall and was having a hard time with the tight track.
The Future Champs was all about Iñigo Anton but had Adriel Pacis hot on his tail. However, Pacis made a mistake in his final run and dropped him to 3rd. Inheriting 2nd was new entry and Toyota Vios Cup driver Carlos Loinaz.
Carlos Anton was in his usual dominant form and never looked back. He avoided the pylons and had a trouble-free run to the shootout. Slalom Champion Jevoy Moreno was actually doing well until he got lost in his final run and salvaged 2nd place. Autocross Champion Danby Yaptinchay came straight from a long flight and was suffering from jet lag. He missed the course 2x and earned the maximum time for both.
BEST OF THE BEST
The final race was the Top Champions Shootout and would pit the winners of the 5 categories. The car that would be used was the Kia Picanto which was highly loved by the champions. Darkness also came and added another problem for the champions as no practice was allowed before the shootout.
First up was Future Champs winner Iñigo Anton. He lived up to his billing as being the fastest young gun out there when he made a very fast 1:07.76. Past Champ Alvin Santos mustered all his skills and could only do a 1:09.04 after having problems with the handbrake.
Jeff Soberon of Subic represented the Qualifiers and did a very fast 1:09.85. The legendary Tuason name was again in the limelight with Raul Tuason doing a respectable 1:13.56.
Then it was the turn of multi titled Carlos Anton in the mighty Kia Picanto. With everyone on their feet, Carlos used the handbrake less than everyone else and did the best time of 1:06.39! Everyone cheered and it was a very happy occasion. The older Anton won it this time over his son Iñigo and it was an exciting climax of the ROC!
Next leg will be in NCR this June and Slaloms will be the featured discipline. We will announce the venue and date asap as we are trying to make it a 2 day event as we expect to have more participants in this leg.
I would like to thank the ff for their great support:
Petron Corp for Blaze Ultron Racing Oils and Blaze 100 Euro 6 Fuel, KIA Race Cars – Picanto, Rio, Forte Coupe and Carnival for the officials, Michelin Pilot Sport Tires for supporting the first 3 legs, ROTA Wheels, for their great looking and performing wheels, UNI Writing Instruments for all their support, Lyceum of Subic Bay for their Sound System and support, MOTOLITE Batteries, Cars Unlimited with Mark Young Racing, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Subic Coastal Development Corp., Movin Cool, ACCS (Autohub Car Care Services), Fast Aid, Ziebart Car Center, C! Magazine, Auto Transporters, Aeromed, and FOTON for our trucking needs.
Without all of them, the Petron ROC would not be a great success that it is today. Godspeed and see you in our next round!