RACE REPORTS

2006 Autocross Series 5th Leg

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Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted July 18, 2007 00:00

The 5th leg of the 2006 PLDT MyDSL - REDHORSE Beer Autocross series was held last August 27, 2006 at the Bradco Avenue, Aseana Business Park, Paranque City. This particular event drew a total of 110 drivers in one day of competition. This proved the popularity of autocrossing as a good starting point for anyone who wished to get involved in motorsports. The cars were a mix of all-out RWD racecars, highly tuned FWD pocket rockets, and even daily driven sedans.

Uly Maningding, an experienced slalom and circuit racer, had a particularly good day by bagging 5 first place finishes in the Open B, All Toyota, All Turbo, Experienced Modified B, and Experienced Modified C classes. However all his efforts weren't enough to get the best time of the day as Doc Pewee Mendiola blistered through the course with a best time of 38.04 seconds. Uly's much younger brother Douglas Maningding did get the fastest time of the day for Novice with a 41.22. He also walked away with the Novice Modified B and Novice Modified C 1st place awards.

A unique part of the event was Angelo Barretto and the Speedzone group who brought out their fun karts to have a go at the course. Ditrie Villacorta drove the karts to a best time of 47.87 seconds. PLDT also brought out their PLDTmyDSL Mitsubishi Eclipse, dressed up with the brand's portrait to celebrate the success of the 2nd year of this series.

Members from the Toyota Auto Club of the Philippines, Grupo Toyota, Club Mitsu, My Mitsu, Team ART, the Cabanatuan Auto Club, The Girl Racer's Club, and the Tuason Racing Team showed up in full force to participate in the event. The event attracted such a large number of participants that the parking spilled over to Macapagal Boulevard.

A unique part of the event was Angelo Barretto and the Speedzone group who brought out their fun karts to have a go at the course. Ditrie Villacorta drove the karts to a best time of 47.87 seconds. PLDT also brought out their PLDTmyDSL Mitsubishi Eclipse, dressed up with the brand's portrait to celebrate the success of the 2nd year of this series.

Members from the Toyota Auto Club of the Philippines, Grupo Toyota, Club Mitsu, My Mitsu, Team ART, the Cabanatuan Auto Club, The Girl Racer's Club, and the Tuason Racing Team showed up in full force to participate in the event. The event attracted such a large number of participants that the parking spilled over to Macapagal Boulevard.

In the end, Doc Pewee Mendiola got 1st place overall, followed by Uly Maningding at a close 2nd, and Jaypee Santiago in 3rd. Doc also walked away with two additional first place finishes in Open C and RWD class.

The event is being presented by PLDT MyDSL "The Hi-Velocity Broadband Internet" and Red Horse Beer. Supported by the City of Paranaque, in cooperation with Petron Lubes "It's Oil you need", Federal Tires"The High Performance Tires", Rota Wheels, Outlast Battery, Nodalo's, Bigshot Billiards, Met Tathione, AutoIndustriya.com, Speed Magazine, Stoplight TV "Official Television Partner", and Action and Fitness Magazine.