Petron Honda ROC at Subic — Outstanding!
WITH the Petron-MP Turbo Rally of Champions, now presented by Honda, on its halfway point, we are very happy to say that the Decathlon of motor sports is truly an incomparable and outstanding event! Don’t just take it from me, but from the numerous social media posts of the racers and fans that attended it last weekend.
We are very happy that after only four weekends and six rounds, the Petron ROC has gained so much following and believers that it is defying the economic downturn we are currently experiencing in the country! With the Antipolo City government, headed by Mayor Jun Ynares, hosting the next two rounds on November 1011, we expect a lot more participants and attain a meteoric rise never before seen for a new race series.
Besides the regular, hardcore racers race for the best time, the beginners and junior drivers are all raving about the Arrive and Drive format. This unique series rewards the drivers that run consistently according to their the 1 demerit given for every 0.1 second that they are either early or late from their declared time. The AAD racers also avoid the costly way of modifying cars and rely on driving within their limits.
the Petron ROC? Read on and you will see why our racers are raving about it.
Arrive and drive winners
The AAD’s fastest nominated times were in Group A, from a super fast 1:20 to 1:29 lap time. Multi-talented Racing and Motocross champion Joey Almeda came back from retirement and used his Joey could only run in 1 heat and had team leaders to win this group with Jeff Rommel Mateo with 81.
Group B had target times of 1:30 to 1:33 per lap and the top 3 drivers were of 13 demerits in his powerful Nissan - demerits. The third went to Raymond Concepcion in his turbocharged Toyota
Group C drivers declared times of 1:36 to 1:48 and was the upcoming racers honing their skills. Winning this new drivers group was 12-year old MarkyYoung of the in a stock, automatic Honda Civic FD. Marky is following his father, Mark, in getting into motor sports and has trained with our MP Turbo Team. First timer, Japanese lady driver Yuri took a superb second place with 122 in Jimwell Escalona took 3rd place with 440
- mented in Round to let the fans know who is the best AAD driver in this round. of demerits go for 1 lap with their new declared time and see who will be the AAD champion for this round.
Rommel Mateo declared the fastest time of 1:26 and took overall AAD honors when he posted only two demerits! Rommel was very lucky as he hit a pylon in his run that gave him two-second penalty. However, he was going fast enough to cross the line at 1:24.19 to give him the win.
Taking a clean lap and only 4 place. Jeff declared the next fastest lap of 1:27 in his Mitsubishi Lancer and lucky run of Rommel. Jeff and Rom looks like they will be battling it out up to the end of the championship.
run with 38 demerits to ward offMarky Young, who took fourth place
big support of the drift guys headed the Open RWD division. They were joined by the Mark Young-MP Turbo team of Carlos and Inigo Anton with FWD cars for their Open FWD class.
Mateo impressed everyone with a nighttime run of 1:21:73 and 1:24:31 for a total of 2:46.04 to take 1st place. His Mitsubishi Lancer was piercing the track well and looked very stable the whole time. Rommel edged out
The Open RWD class was won by display of throttle steering his Nissan times of 1:31.39 and 1:33.09 for a total of 3:04.48. New drift racer Warren Merdeguia showed his improving skills problems and had to repair his car in between the runs. He still managed to get third with 3:36.03. Gian Carlo
The Open 4WD class was won by Carlos Anton with very fast times of 1:20.60 and 1:20.47 for a total of only 2:41.07. His son Iñigo followed his dad home with 2:46:62 and myself in 3rd.
We will have the ROC winners in a special article and Round 6 winners for Part 2 here in my column next week. Godspeed!