It was cutthroat wheel-to-wheel action at the first leg of the 2011 TRS Cup held last November 13, 2011 at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC). Powered by the Ford Fiesta, ten identical 1.4-liter Fiesta race cars, prepared by Tuason Racing School, filled up the grid of international drivers.
In race one, former congressman turned race car driver, Charlie Cojuangco spun out early in the race, dropping him into fourth. But with consistent driving and some quick lap times, he and Ford GT40 liveried Fiesta slowly climbed back up the standings, eventually picking up the lead and finishing in 1st ahead of Bobby Horrigan and Team Hafele's Stefan Wolf who came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The boys from Hill Climb Club of the Philippines tackled the slopes of San Fernando, La Union once again to flag-off Round 2 of the 2011 Castrol Edge Hill Climb Series last 7th of August 2011. Run on a repeat of Round 1's stage, each competitor from the 38 car grid got an extra run this time where two of their best heats were totalled and classified. And despite the changing weather conditions, only one name ruled the time sheets yet again.
Even with his trusty green Mark Young Racing Honda CRX out in the sidelines, Carlos Antos quickly found his mountain legs in a borrowed 1800cc Honda Civic EG from teammate Alfie Concepcion. He reigned supreme by putting down a 3 minute 3.35 second run, besting his nearest competitor by a whopping 6 seconds. Giving a close chase was Jimson Balmeo, who strengthened his lead in Group 3 with a time of 3 minutes 9.53 seconds and registered as the 2nd Best Time of the day behind Anton.
The heavens opened up once again at the 7th Leg of the 2011 Race Motorsports Club (RMSC) National Slalom Series. Held last August 7, 2011 at the Robinsons Starmills Pamanga parking lot, a continuous downpour turned this stage into a soaked and slippery Sunday race. As always, the usual faces were in attendance, all vying for a win to add yet another trophy in their collection. But to everyone's surprise, when the day came to an end, a new name rose above the rest and topped the time sheets. Jerwin Joson from the Cabanatuan Auto Club reigned supreme, capturing the Front Wheel, Production, and Overall Best Time of the Day with a blistering 50.68 second run.
With Round 4's action concluding at the strike of 12 just the night before, all the teams and drivers barely had enough time to rest and get ready for more tire-burning mayhem the next day. In fact, only one or two cars made it on track for the 10am practice, while the rest of the grid was predisposed catching up on lost sleep. But as the sun shined high once more at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) on the morning of July 24, 2011, one by one, the competitors filled their respective garages in the pit lane in preparation for Round 5 of the 2011 Lateral Drift Championship.
The aptly named “Engine Killer Loop” will once again push man and machine to their limits running through the same track layout used in the Round 1. Persuaded that almost all the drivers are now more than ready to master this challenge, the judges decided to raise the bar a bit higher by increasing the minimum entry speed to 120 km/h. Bring it on!
After a two month delay, the 2011 Lateral Drift Championship finally got back on track at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) last July 23, 2011. Original plans commissioned the “Night Drift” to be situated within the confines of the city; however, several concerns came about along the way, forcing the organizers to bend over backwards and bring the action to the circuit. Although the venue might not be as favorable for some followers from the Metro, true fanatics braved the journey to watch tires burn live.
This round revisits the “Tank Slapper” track layout that was previously run in Round 2, taking the scene back to the CIS' distinctive chicanes. But to spice things up, the drifters now had to cope with the challenges of the night. And in spite of several flood lights already illuminating the track, it still left most competitors literally in the dark.
Piloting the British green Mark Young Racing Honda CRX, Carlos Anton proved once again why he's National Champion at the season opener of the 2011 Hill Climb Series powered by Castrol EDGE held last July 3, 2011. Besting a grid of almost forty competitors from Baguio City and La Union, Anton reached for the sky up the twisty 2-kilometer stage of the historic Bacsil Ridge in the outskirts of San Fernando, La Union with the day's best time of 1 minute 31.18 seconds, 4 seconds clear of his nearest rival.
As seen in previous seasons, drivers from Benguet continued to reign supreme on the mountain roads, dominating the top of the time sheets. But feisty drivers from San Fernano, led by Pancake Pimintel and Umesh Raimalan, put on a strong finish to show that the speedsters from La Union are ready to take the fight to their turf. In fact, the campaign from La Union is getting much stronger with 12 drivers from the province competing in this round (double from last year's roster) to challenge the boys from Benguet.
The championship battle gets well underway at a rain-soaked 6th leg of the 2011 Race Motorsports Club National Slalom Series held last July 10, 2011 at the SM City Sucat Parking Lot. Top drivers Dr. Peewee Mendiola, Nino Sarte, and Milo Rivera were fiercely competing for the top spot yet again, clocking in some of the best times of the day. But try as they might, it was Noel Rivera from the Fern C Racing Team that snatches the lead by a whisker by setting the Overall and Production Series Best Time of 50.16 seconds. This will be win number four out of six legs for Rivera, showing his domination in the series.
It proved to be a grand day for Dr. Peewee Mendiola of the Big Chill Racing Team at the recently-concluded 5th Leg of the Race Motorsports Club (RMSC) National Slalom Series. Held last June 5, 2011 at the Robinsons Market in Sta. Rosa Laguna, Mendiola made a comeback after missing out on the top step of the podium last time around. His flawless performance and perfect car setup clocked him a time of 41.70 seconds that set the Overall and Production class best time of the day. Closest rival Noel Rivera of Team Fern C tried hard, but only managed to finish second best with his time of 42.16 seconds.