Libona, Bukid­non hosts 4x4 Tough Truck race

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Sports -

THE rugged town of Libona, Bukid­non plays host start­ing to­day to the 13th and last leg of the Philip­pine Tough Truck Chal­lenge XVII at the Libona Cen­tral School grounds.

More than 40 4x4 off road rac­ers will com­pete in the two-day road race spon­sored by Maxxis Tires, Race Tech 4x4 sus­pen­sions, 199 Off Road House, AEG Pow­er­tools, The 4x4 Air Locker, FCC Trad­ing, ProR­cok En­gi­neer­ing, ARB and or­gan­ised by Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Filipino Off Road­ers (NAsFOR).

The Libona leg will de­ter­mine who will win the Driver of the Year Award. “Two drivers are neck-to­neck for the award with Noel Bar­tolome Jr. of the Land Cruiser Club of the Philip­pines lead­ing the pack with 672 points,’’ said race di­rec­tor Alexis Baje.

Jherico Lara of Aurora

Racing team trails with 660 points with only 12 points sep­a­rat­ing him from Bar­tolome Jr.

Both need to win this race to as­sure a cham­pi­onship fin­ish.

Year 2016 DOY awardee Jo­dax Daquil of 4 Whel­ers Davao is a dis­tant third with 594 points. He needs to win this race and wish Bar­tolome and Lara fal­ter to go up front.

NAsFOR pres­i­dent Ra­mon Toong also an­nounced dur­ing the press con­fer­ence that a team from Sabah Malaysia the Sabah 4-Wheel Drive As­so­ci­a­tion is also join­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“This will be the first time in the 18-year his­tory of the race that in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors are join­ing the race. It will be dif­fi­cult for them be­cause they use right hand drive ve­hi­cles but they will be tough and very ex­pe­ri­enced,’’ he said.

The Malaysians ex­pected to chal­lenge the cham­pi­onship are 2015-2017 Rain­for­est Chal­lenge Malaysia cham­pion Cu Xi Chang and 2018 Bor­neo Sa­fari first run­ner-up Yap Soon King.

Tough tuck racing is an ex­cit­ing off-road racing event con­sist­ing of mod­i­fied trucks go­ing around a course filled with dif­fer­ent jumps, bumps and turns.

The event is also sup­ported by the Depart­ment of Tourism. Jack Biantan

(SUN*STAR PHOTO BY JACK BIANTAN)

NAsFOR Pres­i­dent Ra­mon K Toong with Chief Martial Atun Ghon of Malaysia and Race Di­rec­tor Alexis Beja.

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