PETRON MP TURBO RALLY OF CHAMPIONS-RACING WITH LEGENDS

TURBO TIMES Column By Mike Potenciano

Nov 11, 2018

Our Petron MP Turbo Rally of Champions will have its Rounds 7-9 during the 1st ever Antipolo Speedfest along the Circumferential Road besides Robinsons Antipolo next weekend, November 17-18.

This unique and very successful multi-discipline racing championship has gained so much following in the last 4 weekends and we know this coming weekend will be the best leg ever! Here’s our reprint of what we wrote about when we started the Petron ROC last March and hope you like it.

WHEN WE STARTED

With Motorsports making a big impact this year, it is common to hear from racing enthusiasts that there is just too many races happening at the same time! From Time Attack to Rallycross, Drag Racing to Endurance races, it’s really a maze out there as to which race series you would like to concentrate on.

To throw another race series into the pot, our MP Turbo Team has just come up with the PETRON RALY OF CHAMPIONS. I can already hear the groans of other racers out there. So how can this event be different from the rest? Why is it worth the time and effort to join? Here are the reasons why our ROC Championship is like no other out there and therefore worth considering if you are truly a racing enthusiast.

3 RACES IN 1 WEEKEND

We have included 3 races in 1 weekend to address the need for all racers to be able to compete in the easiest way possible. The first race is called the ARRIVE and DRIVE, which you can use any stock, production car, do a practice run, nominate a time and try to hit that time consistently. You get 1 demerit for every 0.1 second that you are off from your target time. The one with the lowest number of demerits in his or her bracket, wins.

This will enable the novices to run at their own pace, use automatic cars and not overdrive to enjoy the thrills of racing. This will also be a good place for young drivers, who are not even allowed to have a driving license, to compete in a safe and organized racing event. Special classes like Juniors and Ladies are expected to be organized, too.

The next race is called the SUPERBATTLE where the goal is to set the fastest time in your specific class. This is where specially prepared race cars are used to win the different categories, namely Open Forza, Open 4WD, Open RWD, and Open 2WD. There will be sub classes for normally aspirated and turbocharged engines. We expect the best times to be coming from these machines and will highlight the great race cars now running in the different series.

The final race is the premier event called the Petron Rally of Champions where one make cars are used by the motorsports champions in the country. We have Qualifiers, Future, Present, Past and Masters’ Champions categories that will be hotly contested using the same cars.

ASIAN GYMKHANA FORMAT

The Petron ROC will follow the Asian Gymkhana format wherein no driver will be allowed to practice with the cars on the track. They will be given the cars to familiarize them in other areas and then run for 2-3 heats to determine who the winners are in the various categories. The top winners in each category are then grouped into a Knockout competition where the overall ROC Champion is determined.

The track will be changed after the heat runs and no practice will be again enforced. The Knockout component is the most exciting part as everyone has an equal chance of winning over the other. There is no event that anyone can run in the same conditions like that of the Petron ROC.

DECATHLON OF MOTORSPORT

We are building the Petron ROC as the Decathlon of Motorsport, meaning we do 10 different racing disciplines in the ROC’s 10 round series. We start with Gymkhana this March 24-25 in Subic, then do Slaloms, Tarmac Hillclimb, Dirt Trial, Karting, Tarmac Rally, Dirt Rally and other disciplines in the succeeding rounds.

This is not going to be an easy event to master and win all the rounds. Just like track and field’s Decathlon, the winner is the most revered and celebrated athlete. The winner of the Petron ROC truly deserves to be called the Champion of Champions!

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

In our first exhibition ROC in History Convention last August, 2017, there was a David and Goliath scenario that came about in the finals of the ROC’s Knockout competition. 18 year old, slal

om driver Adriel Pacis went up through the ranks a

 

nd battled with rally champion Ivan Isada in the finals. Pacis won the first run, Isada next then Pacis made a big mistake in the final stop box and gave the win to a very happy Isada.

It was one of the most exciting climax to a long and fruitful event! A lot of the participants told us that we found the right formula for racing and they will be back again.

BEST GAUGE

The ROC is the fastest way to find the best drivers are in the country and is also the most difficult to win as there is no advantage over the other drivers in terms of race car power or track familiarity. The Petron ROC will be the great equalizer for all to show what they got!

We hope that you will follow the Petron Rally of Champions. We will be bringing the highlights to your cell phones and living rooms with multimedia coverage planned for it. We hope to see you at the ROC and let’s see who the 2018 Rally of Champion will be! Godspeed!

THE ALL NEW HYUNDAI SANTA FE – Part 1

Here’s the Official Press Release of Hyundai on the all-new Santa Fe. We were fortunate to be part of the Regional Test Drive with media people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and our own Philippines.  This will be a multi-part review on the 4th generation Santa Fe and it is a beauty to look at and drive! 

There is real strength in refinement. It’s seen in how the strongest of swords are brought to life not by fanning the biggest of flames, but by the polished and precise striking of molten metal.

This is the same philosophy embodied by the 4th generation of Hyundai’s first monocoque-body SUV that has been introduced last April at the 2018 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) by Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the Philippines’ official distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial vehicles: the all-new Hyundai SANTA FE.

Although it has barely been a year since it was globally unveiled in Geneva, the all-new Hyundai SANTA FE has already entered the Philippine market and is now available in Hyundai dealerships nationwide. This is, after all, the answered prayer for those who value premium quality and refined strength infused with everyday versatility.

 

Refined Craftmanship

No matter how short or long your journey is, driving becomes a pleasure with the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe. Inside this seven-seater SUV is an uncluttered cabin crafted from the finest natural materials combined with intuitive technology, such as: the head-up display (HUD) that gives you the privilege to stay protected and in control regardless of the environment, audio system that possesses Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition for Android Auto and Apple Carplay, plush leather seats that make any road trip feel effortlessly first class, cruise control, and anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Outside, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe goes all the way in a smart but stylish sense. From its 3-dimensional honeycomb patterned and much widened cascading grille based on Hyundai’s new family identity, separated headlight design (composed of LED projector lamps with dynamic bending and daytime running lights), diamond-cut 19-inch alloy wheels, to a more muscular and taut shape, the Santa Fe isn’t cutting corners on its premium look and feel.

Strength of Character

On the move, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe remains impressive with its powerful 2.2L CRDi engine that allows you to get maximum power of 200ps/3800rpm and maximum torque of 45kg-m/1740-2750rpm. Its improved eight-speed automatic transmission and monocoque structure can give you quicker, crisper shifts with far, better controlled body roll for a more efficient and comfortable driving experience on a day-to-day basis.

Truly, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe is the embodiment of refined strength. It’s privilege without pretensions; it’s our idea of everyday luxury. With a suggested retail price of Php2,338,000, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe gives you the strength to enter the gateway of luxury driving.

Visit www.hyundai.ph, Hyundai Philippines’ official Facebook page @HyundaiPH, or your nearest Hyundai dealership to learn more about the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe.

MPT Note-Here’s the Santa Fe flyer with the car specifications and please click on the link below.

Hyundai PHspec Santa Fe Flyer

Volkswagen Announces Availability of the Santana AT, Santana GTS, and Lamando this November

 

Great things are coming from Volswagen and they come in 3s!

After making available its first 3 groundbreaking new models last May – the Santana 1.4 MPI Manual Transmission Trendline, the Lavida 230 TSI DSG Comfortline, and the Tiguan 280 TSI DSG Comfortline , Volkswagen Philippines has announced that 3 more will be available by November.

These are the following:

  1. The mid and high variants of the Santana model, 1.5 MPI automatic transmission Trendline and Comfortline;
  2. Santana GTS 1.5 MPI AT Comfortline; and,
  3. the Lamando 280 TSI DSG Comfortline and Highline.

 

The Santana 1.5 MPI AT Trendline and Comfortline and the Santana GTS 1.5 MPI AT Comfortline offer more power with its 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder, in-line MPI gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology generating maximum power output of 110 Ps at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 150 Nm at 4,000rpm.

Available exterior colors for the Santana 1.5 MPI AT Trendline and Comfortline are Deep Black, Polar White, and Reflex Silver with introductory prices of  P898,000 (Trendline) and P962,000 (Comfortline) while available exterior colors for the Santana GTS 1.5 MPI AT Comfortline are Polar White, Toffee Brown, and Red Rock Metallic with introductory price of P998,000.

 

The Lamando 280 TSI DSG Comfortline and Highline variants, on the other hand, are both powered by the 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder, in-line TSI gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology that generates maximum power of 150 Ps at 5,000rpm and maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1,750 to 3,000rpm. Available exterior colors are Mangangrey, Polar White, Coriandolo (Comfortline only), Dark Bronze (Comfortline only), and Misano Red (Highline only) with introductory price of P1.569 million for the Comfortline while the Highline variant goes for P1.703 million.

And just like the first three models launched in May, these three new ones will have comprehensive warranty coverages. Aside from the three years or 100,000-km general warranty, whichever comes first, Volkswagen Philippines also offers a 3-year warranty for paint and another 3-year warranty for through-corrosion of the main steel body structure.

The periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule for these new models is also structured for its owners’ convenience. The PMS interval is once a year, or every 10,000 kms, whichever comes first. This is more convenient and more cost-efficient compared to the industry-standard 5,000-km PMS interval.

The special introductory prices of the Santana AT, the Santana GTS and the Lamando are all in line with the celebration of 5th anniversary of Volkswagen Philippines as a member of the Ayala Group of companies this September. And as Volkswagen Philippines rolls onto its 5th year of providing German-engineered and designed premium motoring lifestyle experience that is now within reach of more hardworking Filipinos, you can head on to any Volkswagen dealership and enter a world of driving possibilities. Whether you buy the three current models now, or reserve your units for November, you know: With Volkswagen, Your Drive Just Got Better.

For more information on Volkswagen Philippines’ product line-up, log on to www.volkswagen.com.ph, or visit any of its eight dealerships: Volkswagen BGC at 938 28th Street City Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Volkswagen Quezon Avenue at 1229 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City; Volkswagen Alabang at Caltex along Alabang-Zapote Road, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Volkswagen Greenfield District Service Center at 833 Sheridan Street, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City; Volkswagen Pampanga at McArthur Highway, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga; Volkswagen Cebu at A. Soriano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City; Volkswagen Iloilo (upper ground level of SM Iloilo along Benigno Aquino Sr. Avenue), and Volkswagen Bacolod (along Araneta Street, Singcang, Bacolod City).

MINI/REYES TEAM IS PETRON MABUHAY RALLY KING!

MINI/REYES TEAM IS PETRON MABUHAY RALLY KING!
By Mike Potenciano
July 8, 2018

The defending champions of the Petron Time Speed Distance Championship, the Reyes family, crushed the competition in the recent Petron Mabuhay Independence Rally to top the Individual Overall and Family Divisions. They also pushed the Mini Team to 1st overall in the Team Championship.

The Reyes Team was composed of patriarch Ray Reyes and his children Denise, Paula and Justin. They used the Mini Cooper 5 door and were partnered with 2nd Overall winners Stuart Samson, Alexis Angeles and Charles Mondragon in the other Mini entry.

MP Turbo’s on time, all the time, rally adventure was held around the province of Cavite and was supported by Governor Boying Remulla and the Cavite Tourism Provincial Board. The official sponsors were Mini Philippines, Kia Philippines, Uni Writing Instruments, South Asialink Finance Corporation, Motolite, Ziebart, Autohub Car Care Services, Fast Aid and Foton. Media partners are Manila Times, C! Magazine, Targa Philippines and Time Attack.

The Mabuhay Independence Rally went around the historic sites of Cavite like the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, the monuments of the Battle of Binakayan, Battle of Imus, 13 Martyrs in Trece Martirez City, the Tejeros Convention, the Museo ng Paglilitis ni Bonifacio in Maragondon and the GBR Museum in General Trias.

The Bonifacio Shrine in Maragondon was not passable after incessant rains and had to be cancelled. The rally also featured a lot of trivia contests like the Amazing Race and there were stops at the Aguinaldo Shrine, where Governor Remulla met the participants and flagged them off, and the GBR Museum, the final stop and finish of the rally.

The best Novice crew was the first timers of the Bayud Resort Team Siargao of Remi Barbers, Carlos and Igo Loinaz. They finished in 4th overall and was the surprise of the rally. The Tuason family members of Mother Jackie, sons Andrew and Joao came in 2nd novice entry and 3rd was Team Ribbon ARC’s Elysse Menorca, Quattro Adriano, Kim Jigger Chong and Gabriel Señires.

 

 

 

 

 

A perfect 1-2 finish for the Mini Teams showed how tight the competition was between these 2 team mates. Samson’s Team was leading the rally in terms of overall time demerits but was overhauled by the Reyes Team when the trivia contests and DIY picture bonuses where handed out. The Reyes even took a perfect zero demerits in the road book trivia and ended with an overall score of 266 demerits. Team Samson got 502 demerits for 2nd place.

Settling for 3rd Overall was Go Flat Out’s Janferds Balois, Jerald Valdez and Boy Eusebio with 1037. They helped Go Flat Out to take 2nd in the Team Division with James Tagle and Nikki Briones coming in at 7th overall in the individual category. 3rd Team awardee was the KIA Team of father and son Raul and Benjie Tuason with Kyra Baricaua who finished in 6th overall and team mates Bong Africa, Jon Francisco and Jahan Kalam in 11th.

The next MP Turbo TSD event will be a Car Club Wars edition and will be scheduled soon. Interested parties can message the organizers at mpturboph@yahoo.com or check out Mike Potenciano’s FB account

PETRON KIA RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – FAMILY AFFAIR (Conclusion)

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 WINNERS

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.

 

 

 

 


ROC CHAMPS

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!

 

TURBO TME: PETRON KIA RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – FAMILY AFFAIR (Part 2)

By Mike Potenciano
May 20, 2018

Our successful Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA had back to back rounds that featured Time Speed Distance Rally on Saturday for Round 2 and Autocross on Sunday Round 3. Here’s part 2 of our Turbo Time coverage that led to the exciting climax in the end!

STAGE 3

The 3rd stage went to the Petron Gateway Station where an Artillery Monument is located behind it. Then the teams were supposed to end at the Clark Speedway but due to delays of some competitors, we were held up and couldn’t catch up with the leaders. Thus, we had to cut short the timed stage up to the Clark North Toll Booth.

This is where the KIA team of Boy Eusebio really shined and surprised everyone with only 32 demerits to take 1st place. 2nd went to the Dizon Family of Ramon, Ryan and Raffy in a Mini drove well with 195 demerits. Go Flat Out’s James Tagle, Isaac Atienza and Gilbert Jose took a hard fought 3rd place with 205. Kia’s Joel Lago, Ray Reyes and Rico Gino went up to 4th with 242. Stuart Samson’s Mini team fell down to 5th place with 266.

TRIVIA GALORE

The event not only had timing and route compliance as the winner’s basis but the trivia questions and pictures to be taken along the route. There were 50 demerits given for any wrong or unfilled blanks on the sheets. This kept everyone on their toes and really involved each member to look for the answers along the way.

After checking all the answers and computing their respective demerits, there was a tie between KIA’s Boy Eusebio and MINI’s Stuart Samson with 577 demerits each. It was the first time that this happened and Eusebio gets the 1st overall points due to his better timed run demerits. 3rd overall went to the Tuasons and was just reward since there was a very good atmosphere amongst their family members. GFO’s James Tagle got 4th and Dizons’ 5th.

Family Division went to the Tuasons, followed by Dizons and Reyes Family. Novice champion was Jeffrey Soberon, Dondon Yu and Gino Matibag from Subic. Master’s Division was taken by the overall winner Boy Eusebio and Raul Tuason in 2nd place. Paul Tolentino with the Valino family of Rose and her kids got 2nd in Novice and 3rd in the Master’s Class.

Mini Team took 1st overall through the efforts of Samson and Dizon in the Team Championship. Coming in close 2nd was the KIA Team of Eusebio and Africa. Finally, Go Flat Out of Tagle and Tolentino came in 3rd.

 

AUTOCROSS RD.3

Our featured discipline was Slaloms for the 3rd round of the Petron Rally of Champions Presented by Kia. We had a new venue that was tighter but was easier on the tires and this was the Subic Coastal Development Corporation’s parking lot in front of Pier One along Waterfront Road. However, lahar sand was still everywhere and this made the track slippery and exciting!

Some of our participants had already done the TSD Rally the day before and they are feeling fatigue, like us. We were still full of adrenaline though and were buoyed by the big attendance of the local Subic group led by 1st leg Arrive and Drive winner, Jeff Soberon.

TIGHT & TWISTY

The short track was laid out to have multiple wide and tight 180 degree turns, chicanes and even enough for one high speed turn. We were able to do 3 track designs for the Rally of Champions wherein the champions couldn’t practice with the KIA Cars.

Coming back for the first 3 rounds were the mighty 1.2 liter Kia Picanto, the pretty and nimble 1.6 liter Kia Rio and the fastest, 2 liter Kia Forte Coupe. All the cars are stock and with automatic transmissions. The only modifications we did was fit them with Michelin Tires and Rota Wheels to give them more grip and higher cornering forces in this tight track.

The weather was really hot but we had a wind that was welcomed and despised at the same time; in the morning nd early afternoon, they blew the dust where we put up the tents! The winds also become powerful with sudden gusts and destroyed a couple of our tents. Luckily, the winds shifted and we were blessed with the dust going away from us.

This event turned out to be the biggest attended event and we had more than 50 entries and 35 cars. In only our 2nd weekend, this is really a big achievement especially when you consider that this was our 2nd out of Metropolis Manila and at the end of SCTEX. Great sign that the Petron ROC is really going up!

Next week, we will show the great family affair come out in the Rally of Champions and I am sure you have heard about it now as it is also featured in our \Motorsports pages. Godspeed!

PETRON KIA RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – FAMILY AFFAIR (Part 1)

By Mike Potenciano

May 13, 2018

 After our successful inaugural race of the Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA last March, we planned for back to back rounds to get the schedule on course and to get the participants involved in 2 days of ROC action.  What we didn’t expect was the huge turnout and the exciting climax at the end!

Petron recently sponsored the huge Toyota Vios Cup Season 5 and this gave us the chance to bring the ROC Round 2’s Time Speed Distance format to the Clark International Speedway to watch the Vios Cup races on its final Saturday race day.

We made a promise to the SBMA Tourism Department officials and our Subic friends that we will come back for another round.  So for Round 3, Sunday, we chose a new venue to showcase the Autocross discipline to all. We got a big surprise of when the Subic locals came in droves to support the race!

Here’s the first part of the Petron ROC that is really attracting a lot of drivers to its unique 3-in-1 race format and making it a true family affair.

TSD PAST

Our Petron Time Speed Distance Rally format was launched last year and had become a hit among new and old rally enthusiasts.  We had several classes to make sure that all will come home a winner.

The 2017 Overall and Family Division winners were the Reyes Family with father Ray and his children Justin, Denise and Paula.  Team Champions were Team Dizonoiks of Ramon Raffy and Ryan Dizon.  Masters Class Champions were Boy Eusebio, Raul Tuason and Janferds Balois.

TSD is probably the best venue to practice one’s skill in route navigation and in mastering the art of calculating the perfect time needed for all checkpoints.  It’s not speed that will win this event but the team who will not get lost and be on time, all the time at announced and hidden time controls.

START MAYHEM

To help promote the 5th season of the Toyota Vios Cup, now sponsored by Petron, our ROC/TSD was programmed to get to Clark Speedway before lunch time.  However, just getting to the start venue, the Petron NLEX KM23, was hampered by severe traffic jams that extended all the way from SM North EDSA.  The 0700 hour meeting time became 0900 and we had to cancel the first stage to regroup in Petron Clark Main Avenue.

After more delays in San Simon and accidents along the way to Clark, we were able to start around 1100.  The second stage was a technical stage of more than 30 kms inside Clark Freeport that ended in Deca Wakeboard.

Leading the field was Stuart/Sandra Samson and Alex Angeles in a Mini with only 61 demerits.  The Tuason Family of rally driver Raul, wife Jackie, Benjie and Jawie came in 2nd with 154 demerits.  Master Division leader Boy Eusebio, Janferds Balois and Jerald Valdez in a KIA Picanto came in 3rd with 245 demerits.  The Reyes Family of Justin, Denise and Paula in another Mini came in 4th with 389 demerits.  5th place was Bong Africa and Jon Francisco in a KIA Forte with 425 demerits.

STAGE 3

The 3rd stage went to the Petron Gateway Station where an Artillery Monument is located behind it.  Then the teams were supposed to end at the Clark Speedway but due to delays of some competitors, we were held up and couldn’t catch up with the leaders.  Thus, we had to cut short the timed stage up to the Clark North Toll Booth.

This is where the KIA team of Boy Eusebio really shined and surprised everyone with only 32 demerits to take 1st place.  2nd went to the Dizon Family of Ramon, Ryan and Raffy in a Mini drove well with 195 demerits.  Go Flat Out’s James Tagle, Isaac Atienza and Gilbert Jose took a hard fought 3rd place with 205.  Kia’s Joel Lago, Ray Reyes and Rico Gino went up to 4th with 242.  Stuart Samson’s Mini team fell down to 5th place with 266.

TRIVIA GALORE

The event not only had timing and route compliance as the winner’s basis but the trivia questions and pictures to be taken along the route.  There were 50 demerits given for any wrong or unfilled blanks on the sheets.  This kept everyone on their toes and really involved each member to look for the answers along the way.

After checking all the answers and computing their respective demerits, there was a tie between KIA’s Boy Eusebio and MINI’s Stuart Samson with 577 demerits each.  It was the first time that this happened and Eusebio gets the 1st overall points due to his better timed run demerits.  3rd overall went to the Tuasons and was just reward since there was a very good atmosphere amongst their family members.  GFO’s James Tagle got 4th and Dizons’ 5th.

Family Division went to the Tuasons, followed by Dizons and Reyes Family.  Novice champion was Jeffrey Soberon, Dondon Yu and Gino Matibag from Subic.  Master’s Division was taken by the overall winner Boy Eusebio and Raul Tuason in 2nd place.  Paul Tolentino with the Valino family of Rose and her kids got 2nd in Novice and 3rd in the Master’s Class.

Mini Team thorugh the efforts of Samson and Dizon got 1st overall.  Coming in close 2nd was the KIA Team of Eusebio and Africa.  Finally, Go Flat Out of Tagle and Tolentino came in 3rd.

Stay tuned for next week’s ROC Round 3 and you will see why this event is fast becoming a family affair.  Godspeed!

PETRON RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – PRICELESS! (Conclusion)

PETRON RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – PRICELESS! (Conclusion)
By Mike Potenciano
April 15, 2018

With the new and old racing enthusiasts all agreeing that our Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA’s series has one of the best formats ever, we are happy to report that the 3 races in 1 event were tightly fought during the 2 days of competiton. We pick it up with the successful Arrive and Drive Sunday edition.

Arrive And Drive Race 2

The biggest winner of AAD Race 2 was stock Toyota Altis driver Raffy Dizon with a total of only 1 demerit in his 2 runs! He was able to do a perfect run with no demerit and the final run with only 0.1 second off. The run is more stunning because no gadgets, communication or outside help are allowed to get your perfect time. That is the way to win this AAD race-very consistent driving and not being too fast or slow!

Second place went to MP Turbo’s 16yo Jerald Valdez who made another great run of 2 demerits! Jerald got only a total of 0.2 second off his target driving the nimble and swift Kia Picanto. Subic’s own Jeff Soberon came in third with another great run with 9 demerits in his own FWD Mitsubishi Lancer this time.

Jeff also won the highest bracket called Group A and overall winner Raffy’s brother Ryan Dizon came in 2nd. Group B was taken by Gelo Sison with 23 demerits, Raffy Dizon got Group C with that fantastic 1 demerit run and our 15yo daughter of team owner Mark Young, Romina took Group D with 18 demerits. Her run was good for 4th overall and beating out the time of a lot veterans including her dad!

EXCITING SUPER BATTLE

The fastest cars with the fastest drivers gave a great show for the crowd in Subic on Saturday! This was led by the 13 year old, racing sensation Iñigo Anton who posted the best time 1:56.61 in the premiere Open Forza class. His dad Carlos Anton did a better time of 1:56.30 but was done in the Open FWD class. which was not the top class. The battle of the father and son duo in Mark Young’s Honda Civic EF was the highlight of the day!

The Open RWD class was all about the drift kings doing their best to control their powerful machines and avoid sliding them too much in the tight kart track. Pampanga’s best Audel Sison took the overall win even though he used his stock Nissan Skyline after his race car blew a turbo with a time of 2:08.62. His protégé John Boban had to keep his powerful Skyline under check with a time of 2:13.55. Boban had some problems early on when his turbo pipe blew and that affected his accumulated overall time. Subic’s Soberon maximized his Friend’s Toyota GT 86 and took 3rd place with 2:23.22.

ROC ROYAL

The pinnacle race of the Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA is the same as the title, the Petron Rally of Champions or ROC for short. The Present, Future, Past and Masters champions of the country came over to support the event, including AAP’s Motorsport Chairman and International Rally Champion Mandy Eduque.

Mandy gave some words of encouragement to our MP Turbo group that he hopes we pursue this series as it is truly unique and exciting to see the veterans back in the sport. The ROC follows the Asian Gymkhana format where our Filipino team of Carlos Anton and Milo Rivera were victorious in the inaugural race in 2016. The champions had no practice on the track, used the same KIA cars of their category and the track and cars were changed every run. This made for a very good equalizer for all participants!

Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino also graced the occasion and even won his special VIP class! Mayor Rolen, Mandy and the other members of the ROC Masters category all did one lap in the KIA Picanto. Rolen’s karting background and homecourt advantage gave him a fast time of 1:06.38 that no one could beat!

SATURDAY ROC

The 1st race of the ROC was held on Saturday and Carlos Anton continued his dominance in the Present Champions’ category. After winning in Super Battle, Carlos led Audel Sison with a fast time of 2:17:05 against Audel’s 2:25.22. John Boban came in 3rd with about 1.5 seconds off Sison’s time.

The Past Champions saw come backing driver Alvin Santos take a superb 2:24.25 leading yours truly with 2:25.79 after a slow first run. Baguio driver Alfie Concepcion made it to 3rd place with 2:26.31 and edged out rally driver Art Guevarra who was leading until the night runs.

The Future champions was easily won by junior champion Iñigo Anton over slalom driver Allen Santiago. Anton even took the fastest time in the Kia Picanto, besting all champions that drove the mighty, miniscule 1000cc car! The Masters class was won by slalom champion Roy Santiago ahead of retired Judge and MP Turbo rally driver Banny Vargas.

SUNDAY FINALE

With the confliciting schedules of the champions, Sunday’s ROC became Race 2 of the event. Here, I saw my skills got polished the day before and got a good rest to take the Top Champions’ Shootout where all the champions of the 4 categories battled it out for the fastest accumulated time.

With a record 1st lap and a minor mistake in the 2nd lap, my 1;01.81 was enough to win 1st place overall and the Past Champions category. Fil Am driver and Future Champs winner Gene Agatep, who was a very accomplished driver in the US, took 2nd oevrall with 1:03.04. 3rd place went to Masters Champion Tom Pastor 1:03.28 and his son, Present Champion Don Pastor got 4th. Don knocked a cone early on and gave him a 2 second penalty.

The Past Champions category had rally driver Art Guevarra in 2nd and 3rd went to Subic karter Alex Layson. In Masters, retired rally drivers Raul Tuason got 2nd and Boy Eusebio in 3rd. Future Champs saw 18yo slalom sensation Adriel Pacis take 2nd and Gelo Sison in 3rd.

Next rounds will be a back to back event of the Petron ROC with 28th having the Time Speed Distance rally and on the 29th, the Autocross discipline. This will again be in Subic’s Pier One parking lot along Waterfront road. Hope to see you all during the long weekend! Godspeed!

TURBO TIME: PETRON RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – PRICELESS! (Pt. 2

TURBO TIME: PETRON RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – PRICELESS! (Pt. 2)
By Mike Potenciano
April 8, 2018

The huge success of the Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA was not expected after several delays that were beyond our control plus the scheduling problem of getting the champions in one place. After getting the Subic Lemans Kart Track, we knew we found our ROC home!

Subic was the place where we had our initial PMRA Rallycrosses back in 1993 and eventually led us to partner up with the legend of Philippine Motorsports, Pocholo Ramirez to put up the Subic International Raceway. Now we are back and look like we found the right formula to make Subic big again in Motorsports.

Here’s the exciting racing action that transpired in our Petron ROC last March 24-25 in Subic Lemans that a lot of the participants are claiming to be the best they ever joined.

INAUGURAL ROUND

Our first round turned into a 2 day event with each day being a separate race. This was due to having 3 other Motorsport events all happening at the same weekend, namely Drag Racing at Clark, Rallycross at Lubao and AAP’s MSDP in Cagayan De Oro. Our invited ROC champions can pick which day they can attend and race in. This also gave some breathing room to have another day just in case we needed more time to finish the event.

The Subic Lemans Track is a short, 480m track made for rental karts when the Americans controlled the base. After years of non-operation, the track needed a good cleaning and we had the SBMA Fire Department and our Subic Marshals clean if for 2 days. We also lost the original Start/Finish area as it was now part of a heavy equipment parking area. It’s a blessing that there were still vacant areas near the Petron Station where we transferred our Start, Pits and Paddocks areas.

 

ARRIVE AND DRIVE

The Petron ROC is actually composed of 3 races in 1 event. We have the Arrive and Drive, the Super Battle and the actual Rally of Champions. This should answer all the needs of the racers, may they be newbies or veterans, with stock cars or highly modified ones, and the never ending issue of cheap and affordable racing!

First to be tested was the Arrive and Drive format. After we gave the participants enough practice laps around the track, we had our timing beam system get accurate lap times with no human intervention whatsoever. They then nominated their own lap times that they think they can hit consistently as we penalize them with 1 demerit for every 0.1 second when they are early of late.

The participants were given 2 laps around the technical course and had to do 3 runs. All these runs would be counted and the demerits will be accumulated in the end. The drivers will also be separated in brackets according to the fastest times and down to the slowest ones.

JUNIORS ARE BETTER

The beginners and junior drivers were also given the chance to compete even though they didn’t have a driver’s license yet. This is also one of our intentions as we are pushing for younger drivers to come out and try this format as they have to overdrive or be pressured to do a fast time.

We had 4 junior drivers with race team owner Mark Young fielding in his 15 yo daughter Romina and 11yo son Marky in the race. Our 16yo karter Jerald Valdez will be trying his luck in the KIA Picanto. Finally, our multi-titled, 13yo sensation Inigo Anton was with his father Carlos in Mark Young’s Racing Honda Civic EF for the Super Battle and Rally of Champions.

DRIFT KINGS

Our drift community, headed by Drift King Audel Sison, supported our event with a huge contingent. They brought in their powerful and sleek RWD cars and had a grand time in the Arrive and Drive race. The 300-400hp Nissan Skylines of expert John Boban and novice Peter Schroth were drifting around the corners and really wowed the crowd!

Audel nominated a fast time of 1:06 and Jason Young in the fast Mark Young’s Racing Honda Civic EF gave a 1:04 time. These too formed the fastest Bracket A and Audel managed to take first place with 30 demerits. Jason had 42 demerits after slowing down in the last 2 runs to conserve their tires.

CONSISTENCY IS BEST

The next bracket was formed with nominated times of 1:10-1:12. Here we saw the superior control of Mark Paragas in his white Toyota 86 came out on top with only 15 demerits! Boban’s Skyline was a beast to tame and ended in 2nd place with 34 demerits. Rounding up the top 3 was team owner Mark Young who used the 1000cc Kia Picanto to come in 3rd place with 57 demerits.

The most number of participants were in Bracket C where the times were 1:13-1:15. Warren Merdegia fended off Allen Santiago and 16yo Jerald Valdez, with 19, 22 and 33 demerits, respectively. Bracket D was won by Van Jimenez with 35 demerits in his powerful Toyota Corolla Turbo. 2nd place went to lady driver Aya Vargas, 40, and 3rd to veteran Roy Santiago, 62.

Lastly, Bracket E was won by Romina Young even though she declared the slowest time of 1:30. She just got 67 demerits against Jay Merdegia, 121, and rally driver Bayani Vargas, 131.

OVERALL AAD WINNERS

The faster cars is not usually the most consistent and this was proven by the Arrive and Drive Overall winner Mark Paragas in his Toyota 86 with 15 demerits. He drove close to his nominated time and took the overall win, even without the aid of electronic gadgets. 2nd overall was Warren Merdegia who has a turbo Corolla and took only 19 demerits.

The only turbo diesel in the group was Allen Santiago’s stock Hyundai Accent and drove to 3rd overall with 22 demerits. Audel Sison came in 4th and had to go back to a stock turbo Skyline. The mighty Picanto driven by Jerald Valdez came home in 5th overall.

We will have the exciting Super Battle and Rally of Champions next week and stay tuned. There are a lot of surprises including one I got in Race 2 Sunday’s race!

PETRON RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – PRICELESS!

PETRON RALLY OF CHAMPIONS – PRICELESS!
By Mike Potenciano
April 1, 2018

When I got to rest and pondered on what just transpired in the Petron Rally of Champions presented by KIA last weekend, all I can say was, “PRICELESS!”

With more than 40 participants, doing 60 plus entries, last March 24-25, we successfully launched the ROC with its 3 races, namely Arrive and Drive, Super Battle and the Petron Rally of Champions. The venue was also very convenient and safe for all as it was the old Subic Kart Track right along the Main Avenue in front of the Yacht Club.

The best judge is always the social media postings that accompany the event after. I knew we did well after we created quite a stir in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! It wasn’t only I that was showing a big smile, but my whole, dedicated MP Turbo team and all those that participated as well!

Here are just some of the interesting inside stories of the past 2 days of glorious racing.

PETRON ROC HISTORY

Our Petron Rally of Champions Presented by KIA came about after the successful exploits of our Filipino racing sensations Milo Rivera and Carlos Anton. They got the 2016 Asian Gymkhana title in Taiwan and was the biggest spectacle for that year. Last year, the AGC became a 4 leg series around South East Asia. Our Philippine team had its ups and downs with Rivera-Anton winning one round but couldn’t race in all legs.

We decided to emulate the Asian Gymkhana series and hold our own Rally of Champions series that will to prepare our drivers. Our first run was in last year’s History Convention and it was a very good launch. The overall champion was Rally driver Ivan Isada who had to contend with unknown, 18yo Slalom driver Adriel Pacis from Cabanatuan. It was a perfect story to tell and the ROC format was proclaimed by battle-hardened drivers as the perfect format to have!

With Petron finally coming back to racing, with their support of the F4 South East Asia Championship, we were able to get them to support this newest championship. It will be the Decathlon of Motorsports with 10 rounds of different Motorsports disciplines. This will also answer the need for all kinds of drivers, young or old, with stock or modified cars, to race in their own race during the weekend.

BACK TO SUBIC

After a lot of delays that happened along the way, we finally got our perfect venue and it all brought us back to the Subic Lemans Kart Track! We had a very supportive SBMA Chairman Atty Wilma Eisma and the whole Tourism Department headed by Ms. Mary Jamelle Camba and associates Fritz Manuel and Cezar Alcantara. They made it easier for us to hold it there as they still remember our Subic racing days!

When the Americans left Clark and Subic due to Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority was formed to take care of the base with Chairman Richard Gordon at the helm. Our Sports Values Inc group of President Pocholo Ramirez, yours truly as Vice President, Treasurer Mandy Eduque, Macky Carapiet and others got the concession for the SIR Track near the airport. SIR was the very first race track of the country and had our first race in 1994!

Our MP Turbo group along with fellow Subic racing enthusiasts Rolen Paulino, Alex Layson and others got the kart track and renamed it the Subic Lemans Kart Track. We had lots of racing champions that started in that small track like the Michelle and Mark Bumgarner, especially having our MP Turbo National Kart Series visiting the place regularly in 1994-1997. JP Tuason, Tyson Sy and a lot more raced and loved that technical track.

KIA SUPPORT

The biggest factor that was settled early on was KIA’s support of the Petron ROC. With the great experience we had in the History Convention ROC with their cars, they were our first choice for the event and KIA didn’t hesitate to support us.

Armed with their mighty and nimble, 1000cc Picanto, the very agile and fast, 1600cc Rio and the powerful and best all around handler, 2000cc Forte Coupe, we knew our participants would be quite happy in the short, challenging Lemans course. What we didn’t know was if they would withstand the champions’ flat out use and they did!

MICHELIN, MOTOLITE & ROTA

Our best kept secret was that all 3 KIAs were fitted with the high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Tires and this made the champions really love the way they handled! We were lucky that all cars had their tire sizes in stock. This was a huge blessing as this doesn’t happen all the time and someone up there really liked us!

Rota was our Official Wheel supplier and Motolite Batteries as our Official Batteries. Motolite actually saved the day as we had problems with our timing system and with a little tinkering, we were able to make them run on 12 volts DC battery. Whew!

Next week, we will give you the exciting Round 1 race results of the Petron Rally of Champions. There a lot more inside stories and stay tuned. Godspeed and Happy Easter!