Text: Benj Ngo / Photos: Benj Ngo | posted October 05, 2002 00:00
The penultimate round of the 2002 series
The penultimate round of the 2002 Shell Super Karting Series returned to the Carmona raceway last Nov. 16 and 17. There weren't a lot of participants present, with some of the season regulars skipping the weekend for a variety of reasons. Noticeably absent from the event were some of the regular Cebu karters. Nevertheless, wheel to wheel was racing was still the norm as the different classes had their share of intense and sometimes funny moments.
The Cadet 85 Division saw Matteo Guidicelli at first, Marlon Stockinger at second, and Mark Bumgarner at third. Emil Cuyugan took the class win in Cadet 60 with Brandon Angel coming in at second. Newcomer Michael Apacible must have been given quite a scare as midway through the race his engine also developed problems. Nevertheless he was able to limp to the finish line to the delight of the cheering crowd. His engine died a few feet after crossing the finish.
In the Junior FSL category, Mark Bumgarner continued his dominance as he took checkered flag with sister Michelle just one-tenth of a second behind. Marty Aguilar took third. Indy Villalon continued to show his prowess as he set the fastest lap and won in the FSL Light Division. He was a clear 6 seconds ahead of the nearest rival Jan-Jan Gonzales. Kendrick Sy settled for third.
There was a very interesting battle in the FSL Heavy division. Michael Yap, already assured of the championship even before this round, was looking forward to dicing with karting newcomer Ricardo Loi. The two of them put on an incredible show as they each took turns taking the lead. In the end though, Yap got the upper hand and went on to get the victory. Loi was showing great improvement as he was able to consistently place mid to high 49 second laps. Jerome Montemayor of Team Edgesport could not get his kart started and was forced to retire from the race.
In the Formula Rotax 125 division, Philip Alvendia showed why he was deserving of being the local Rotax champion as he out-maneuvered Othmar Stutz to take the checkered flag with just a .6 second margin. Veteran Lee Bumgarner had to settle for third. Newcomer Francisco Blanco hurt his ribs during qualifying which led to constant pain during the race. He was able to move up a few places during the start but as the race wore on, the injury was just too much to bear. He literally had to slow down his pace.
The ICA division had its fair share of excitement with the lead changing hands several times. Mandy Borja initially had the lead, but he was taken out when the engine just died on him. It was this time that Ryan Francisco went ahead of the pack with Arvin Drueco trailing close behind. Coming into the Heavenly hairpin turn, Drueco dove and took the lead from Francisco. But moments later Drueco's engine succumbed to some mechanical gremlins, he was forced to relinquish the lead back to Francisco. Ryan Francisco went on to take the class win with Michelle Bumgarner and Dado Peña taking second and third respectively. Tyson Sy almost didn't finish as midway through the race his engine developed serious trouble. Fortunately he was able to limp the last few laps to the finish line.
In the Formula A Division Allan Uy took the win followed by Pepon Marave in second. All in all, despite the relatively low turnout, the weekend was an action packed one. It definitely set the tone for the penultimate round to be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 also at the Carmona Raceway.