Pasmag (Canada) - - Competition - BY ADAM STEIN­BERG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAR­CEL LECH ( @marcel_lech)

Jules Gabriel re­calls be­ing a youth in the Philip­pines when he caught a glimpse of a Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion IX cruising down the high­way. That sim­ple glimpse in­evitably be­came a turn­ing point in Gabriel's life be­cause it was that mo­ment he de­cided noth­ing would get in the way of him own­ing his own. In Septem­ber of 2014, all those years of grind­ing fi­nally paid off in the form of a 2008 Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion X.

“It in­spired me to study and work hard so that I could af­ford one,” says Gabriel. “Now I still can't be­lieve that it hap­pened, [which] just proves that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble in this world.”

He would then ded­i­cate the fol­low­ing year to trans­form­ing the Evo X to his lik­ing. Gabriel didn't have much ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing in the past, ex­clud­ing the ba­sic bolt-on on a 2009 Lancer GT he later sold. That didn't im­pede his vi­sion be­cause what he may have lacked in ex­pe­ri­ence was ul­ti­mately re­deemed by pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity.

With an es­ti­mated 319 horse­power and 320 lb-ft of torque, there are sub­tle but un­mis­tak- able pieces help­ing to push that ex­tra power and weight. Such ex­am­ples are the K&N short ram in­take and up­per in­ter­cooler pipe, Greddy Ti-C four-inch cat-back ex­haust with a burnt tip, In­vidia four-inch down-pipe and test pipe, as well as an Exedy Stage 2 clutch and light­weight alu­minum fly­wheel.

Pre­sen­ta­tion counts for some­thing and that's where you can find more hints of Gabriel's per­son­al­ity. It be­gins with the Work Meis­ter S1 three-piece wheels wrapped in Bridge­stone Potenza tires, paired up with Brembo brakes and Stance Su­per Sport coilovers. Con­sis­tency is also im­por­tant for Gabriel, as he's en­sured all the parts by Rex­peed, AeroFlowDy­nam­ics, Forcewerkz and APR match the Yas Ma­rina Blue paintjob.

There's no short­age of cus­tom light­ing ei­ther. The head­lights are blacked out with 6000K HIDs, as well as LED light­ing by the li­cense plate, park­ing lamps and through­out the in­te­rior. Inside, you'll also find a Bride Low Max driver seat, Re­caro pas­sen­ger seat and a Blox Rac­ing shift knob. Sony, Me­tra and Rock­ford Fos­gate take care of the au­dio.

Thanks to some as­sis­tance from Du­mores Col­li­sion and Evo­lu­tion Auto Re­pair, as well as the sup­port from his friends at Vancouver Fit­ted, Statik Kings and F7LTHY, Gabriel and his Evo X have joined the rank of cham­pi­ons with their first win at Tuner Bat­tle­grounds: Vancouver In­ter­na­tional Auto Show.

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