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!

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