Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted June 13, 2012 18:16
Fierce competition in Boomland
The second round of the 2012 Super Karting Series was held at Kart Trak Boomland in Pasay City had a good turnout being staged within Metro Manila. Competition was fierce despite the season being in its early stages. The dark clouds also posed a threat to newer drivers who were used to practicing in dry conditions. However, it somehow decided to cooperate and kept the who raceday dry.
The highly-competitive top-level ROK Class had mixed results all throughout the day, it was started off by Sacha Feliciano who topped the time trials. However, in the qualifying heat, it was VJ Suba who would edge out Feliciano starting from the middle of the field followed by Estefano Rivera. It was another switch on the pre-final heat, with Rivera taking the relegating Suba to second with Javi Benitez not too far behind. Rivera however intended keep himself ahead in the final heat as he put the pedal to the metal with Suba breathing down his neck for most of the race until an uncharacteristic mistake by the challenger. Suba quickly dropped down the order as the other drivers quickly passed him. Benitez who was closely followed by Feliciano slid through to claim second and third places.
In the Formula Cadet Class, it was Dylan Arambulo who dominated the field and the expert division leading from the Time Trial all through to the Finals to make up for a disappointing first round. It wasn't an easy win as he was closely followed by Tai Zulberti, Arthur Tuason finished nearly ten and a half seconds behind in third. In the novice division, newcomer Jacob Ang drove away with a 4.6-second advantage over his nearest rival Luigi Lachica who was busy try to fend off Eduardo Coseteng who literally breathing down his neck.
In the Formula SL Class, it was Jazz Monzones who dominated the field and the expert division all throughout. His closest competitor in the finals was novice driver Brian Thorp, while expert drivers Yvana Carangan and Wayne Darvin were both stuck in the tail end of the order. Thorp led the train of very competitive novice drivers composed of Carlos Lorenzo, Carl Luig, Bjomar Eikevik, and Raymond Cudala who were all within one second.
It was a relaxed Mini ROK Class race with only three drivers competing. Gabriel Cabrera led all through as he was briefly challenged by Flynn Jackes, who eventually retired after 13 laps. Xedrei Daquigan who was in far third was promoted to second in the process.
In the SQ Class, expert division driver Nike Mora dominated the field for all sessions and was only challenged briefly by teammate Don Batino, who unfortunately had an incident with a barrier forcing him to pit-in to replace his front bumper ultimately dropping him down the order. This opened up a wide opportunity for Jerry Choi Acuna to take second as he slowly climbed up the field. Batino still ended in third, with only three drivers in their division running. For the novice division, it was Luis Gono who swept the field in his maiden race. The road to victory for Gono was not an easy one as Michael Jordan gave him a tough challenge in the finals. Jomar Ang was able to finish third despite having a run-in with Jordan in the early part of the final round and ended up in the pit to fix a mechanical problem. Ang's luck turned in when Michael Bonafe was forced to retire on the 13th lap due to engine problems.