Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted December 08, 2005 15:00
Tough Truck Challenge moves to new home
The fifth staging of the annual Tough Truck Challenge by the Manila Off-Roaders Inc. (MORI), attracted sixty two off-roaders to its new location at Frontera Verde in Pasig City. The annual event was previously held for four consecutive years at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. Off-road enthusiasts and wheel lovers alike trekked to the new venue to witness the fun and excitement. This year's track was a relatively short but very technical track with little stretches to play with. The more difficult obstacles were the horseshoe canal, mudpits, rock crawling sections, while the other obstacles were merely icing on the cake.
Majority if not almost all to say the least came from Luzon, with only two from the sixty two coming from Cagayan De Oro, Mindanao. They were 2005 NAsFOR Driver of the Year Albert Monte de Ramos and Du Pont 4x4 Battle of the Champions winner Totin Macmang, making a comeback to the off-road circuit after a brief hiatus. Coming in full force was the Del Monte 4Wheelers with thirteen competitors, while 2005 NAsFOR Team of the Year Bicol Off-Road Club came with six of their top drivers.
Topping the charts in Track A was Bicol Off-Road Club's Ramon "The Alien Off-Roader" Uy, who never fails to amaze the crowd with his skills in his pint-sized Suzuki rig. Uy clocked in at 2m21.59s, more than ten seconds quicker than teammate Roger Peyra who clocked a 2m33.19s. Highlight obstacle for the track was the horseshoe canal which destroyed many axles and drivetrain parts of the more aggressive drivers, as the track claimed seventeen casualties. Cocoy Ramos of the Balayan Off-Road Club set the third best time at 2m36.22s. Jeremie Lo, another Bicol Off-Road Club member and Del Monte 4Wheeler Owen Bernardo rounded off the top five for the track, respectively.
Track B, proved to be the more technical track lined with logs, mud canals, and big, sharp rocks. It was Roger Peyra setting the pace with a time of 2m39.34, ahead of CDO Off-Road Club's Totin Macmang with a time of 2m56.06s. In third was Cocoy Ramos who clocked in at 3m01.11s, while Santiago Extreme 4x4 Club's Chris Flores and Jeremie Lo rounded up the fourth and fifth places. Despite the technicality of the track, it only claimed seven casualties, while four drivers were not even able to run at all after their Track A vehicle mishaps.
As the drivers finished their elimination runs in Tracks A and B, it was time to tabulate the Top 20 total times for the final round. Leading the charts was senior off-road star Roger Peyra, followed by Cocoy Ramos, Jeremie Lo, Owen Bernardo, Ramon Uy, Totin Macmang, Albert Monte de Ramos, John Sambo, Henry Policarpio, Nestor Policarpio, Alvin Yuboco, Danny Wong, Avel delas Alas, Raymund Paguia, Neil Andaya, Ernesto Ngo, Gilbert Maningas, Jerry Diaz, Harold Vincencio, and Sherwin Catameo.
The track for the final round, otherwise known as Track C, combined the more difficult parts of Tracks A and B to make for an exciting showdown to determine who will live up to the 2005 Tough Truck Challenge and emerge victorious. Leading the finishers in Track C was Totin Macmang with a blistering pace of 3m58.17s, he was the only driver to break the four minute barrier for the final round. He was followed by teammate Albert Monte De Ramos with a time of 4m31.33s. The Bicol boys rounded up the top 5 of the final round runners with Ramon "The Alien" Uy's in third followed by Roger Peyra and Jeremie Lo in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Finally, the Top Ten who have lived up to the challenge are: 1st - Totin Macmang - CDO Off-Road Club; 2nd - Roger Peyra - Bicol Off-Road Club; 3rd- Ramon Uy - Bicol Off-Road Club; 4th - Jeremie Lo - Bicol Off-Road Club; 5th - Albert Monte de Ramos - CDO Off-Road Club; 6th - Henry Policarpio - Del Monte 4Wheelers; 7th - Avel delas Alas - Suzuki 4x4 Club-Taytay; 8th - Danny Wong - Baguio Benguet 4x4 Club; 9th - Owen Bernardo - Del Monte 4Wheelers; 10th - Raymond Paguia - San Jose City 4Wheelers.
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