ARARAO, TIU BRACE FOR SHOW­DOWN

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS -

Al­lan Ararao took the fight out of the heav­ily fa­vored Jonathan Tiu for only the first time in the sea­son to rule the elite Quick 8 class in the penul­ti­mate leg of the 2018 Na­tional Drag Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships at Batan­gas Rac­ing Cir­cuit (BRC) re­cently.

By up­end­ing Tiu with a time of 7.003 sec­onds over the eighth-mile BRC straight­away and pick­ing up his sec­ond win to add to two run­ner-up fin­ishes in four legs, Ararao topped the South­ern Se­ries at BRC with 50 points, 10 up on Tiu.

The speed de­mon from Las Piñas also pushed his Mit­subishi Evo within 14 points of Tiu and his 1,318horse­power Nis­san GTR in the Na­tional Se­ries (71-47), count­ing the re­sults of the North­ern Se­ries, which holds the de­ci­sive sea­son-end­ing leg at Clark In­ter­na­tional Speed­way this week­end.

Rom­mel Du­ral clocked 7.335 sec­onds in his face­off with Alviin Abrigo and clinched third in the races spon­sored by Aguila Auto Glass, Sparco, M&H race tire.

But while Ararao edged closer to the top of the class con­fined to the se­ries’ quick­est eight cars, Neil Malko Ma­catan­gay failed to pick up a sin­gle point in the leg and al­lowed Jan­nery Mil­let and Ryan Quimpo to forge a down-the-wire show­down for the Pro class na­tional ti­tle—the ba­sis for the Drag Racer of the Year win­ner.

“Ev­ery race class comes to a close this week­end with the ti­tle still un­de­cided,” said or­ga­nizer Johnny Tan. “This makes for a great two days of rac­ing at Clark.”

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