Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted May 31, 2010 14:04
Gio Rodriguez and Mike Tuason take top honors
The third round of the 2010 Lateral Drift Pro-Am Championships moved to the Clark International Speedway for fast paced drifting action in the new 1.96-kilometer circuit in the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City. Seriously fast on tarmac sideways action and burnt rubber greeted both participants and spectators on the action packed weekend.
The long track took its toll on some of the Pro-Class competitors who ended up not being able to run due to mechanical problems. John Boban, Atoy Llave, Bryan Revilla, and Raymond Ronquillo were all out of luck as their cars failed. Alex Perez, who blew his engine on Saturday practice, was able to get into his spare car borrowed from teammate Ryan Agoncillo who ran in the Amateur class. Gio Rodriguez, also almost didn't have a car to run with as the A-toy Bodykits 1JZ-GTE powered Cefiro broke an axle after qualifying and on Sunday practice; luckily the Tomato Garage crew was able to repair the car in time for the Top 16 tandem runs.
Qualifying on top of the Pro-Class was Kevin Tayao of Team Yellow Cab whose Nissan hybrid Toyota AE86 was finished in three days just before the event by DMF Drift Garage. Coming in second was Francisco Blanco of MOTUL-Autoplus-AutoIndustriya.com followed by Gio Rodriguez; Jason Choachuy of Team AutoIndustriya.com-KUMHO Tires; Alex Perez of Team Yellow Cab; Jet Mathay; Raymond Ronquillo of R33; RJ Obiedo of Team Forced Speed-Teleserv-Hankook Tires; Bryan Revilla of Team Ultra Racing; Paolo Agregado; Audel Sison of Fern C Racing; Boodie Dabasol; John Boban of Driftmob; and Atoy Llave of A-toy Bodykits-Falken.
Some drivers were able to get bye runs as their tandem competitors dropped out of the competition due to car problems. Getting bye-runs were Tayao, Blanco, Rodriguez, Choachuy, Mathay and Obiedo. Unfortunately for Tayao, his car broke down during his bye run ending his contention early in the competition.
Facing off in the Elite 8 were Choachuy against Mathay; Perez against Rodriguez; Blanco against Agregado; Obiedo gets a bye run with Tayao's DNF. Making an easy advance was Choachuy as Mathay's car broke down during their first run handing Choachuy the win. Rodriguez dispatched Perez as the latter spun out in the first run and the youngster continued showed composure in the second run as he chased Perez with dust and smoke flying all around the track. Blanco would manage to defeat Agregado with two consistent runs.
The Top 4 was then composed of Choachuy against Obiedo; Blanco against Rodriguez as the two winners would vie for first and second place, as the losers will fight for the last podium spot. Costly mistakes by both Choachuy and Blanco meant that they would face each other for the final podium spot while Obiedo and Rodriguez battled for the top two spots. A more daring and consistent run by Choachuy secured himself of the final podium spot ending the 2010 season drought for Team AutoIndustriya.com-Kumho Tires. As if it was something meant to happen, Rodriguez makes two perfect runs against Obiedo taking the win, as Obiedo settled for second place.
In the Amateur Class, it was Mark Rosca of Team Forced Speed-Teleserv-Kumho Tires, Ryan Agoncillo of Team Yellow Cab, Mike Tuason of TRS, Bingbong Lingat, Jayson Lao, Pia Boren of DC Shoes-A-toy Bodykits, Rey Panaligan of Fern-C Racing, Bjorn Ongtiabok of TRS, Ric Wee of Team AutoIndustriya.com-KUMHO Tires, Norman Agojo of Team Goodyear, JP Tuason of TRS, and Ryan Dimarucut who made it to the Top 16. Unfortunately for Boren, she would have to drop out due to broken wheel studs in the DC Shoes-A-toy Bodykits R34-faced Cefiro during Sunday's practice session; this left the class to only 12 drivers with some making bye-runs automatically advancing into the Elite-8.
Making their bye-runs were Rosca, Agoncillo, Tuason, Lingat, and Dimarucut. The remaining tandem battles were between Ric Wee and Bjorn Ongtiabok; Jayson Lao and JP Tuason; Rey Panaligan and Norman Agojo. An early mistake by Ongtiabok would prove costly as he damaged the rear axle of the Mazda BT50 in the first run, while a masterful run by Wee aboard the AutoIndustriya.com-Kumho Tires Nissan Cefiro ensured him of an Elite-8 spot. Agojo managed to dispatch Panaligan with ease to advance. Jayson Lao who was having trouble driving his Nissan S15 succumbed to JP Tuason in the just repaired in time Mazda BT50 pickup.
The Elite-8 was composed of Rosca against Wee; Agojo against Agoncillo; Lignat against Dimarucut and a little bit of sibling rivalry between JP and Mike Tuason. A more seasoned Rosca takes an easy win over Wee. A more determined Agojo trounced Agoncillo as the latter was pressured to commit costly mistakes. Lingat dispatched Dimarucut with much ease and Mike defeated his older brother JP. The battle for the Final-4 was composed of Rosca versus Lingat; and Agojo versus Mike Tuason. Earning the opportunity to vie for the top spots were Rosca and Mike Tuason, while Lingat and Agojo fought for the final spot on the podium.
After a heated battle for third, it was Agojo who emerged from the smoke of the burnt rubber edging out Lingat. In the championship battle, Mike Tuason emerged victorious as consistent driving proved to be the key to victory as Rosca settled for second place.
The fourth round of the championship moves back to Eastwood City on June 26-27. The 2010 Glade Sport Lateral Drift Pro-Am Championship is also supported by PLDT MyDSL, M-150, Goodyear, Falken, Hankook, Starfire, Concept One, FixStop, AutoIndustriya.com, Wave89.1, TopGear Magazine, and Stoplight.