After placing 2nd and 3rd place in the previous rounds, Team Philippine Star / Speed Magazine finally took the top podium spot in the penultimate round of the Jazz VTEC Media Challenge held last Saturday, November 19, at the Carmona Racing Circuit. The consistent driving of the three team members present -- Jeff Reyes, Manny de los Reyes and Andy Leuterio - guaranteed their top post and added 30 championship points placing them at 2nd place in the overall standingsstockinger-to-carry-rp-banner-anew-at-world-kart-finalTeam Manila Times / DZRH - composed of Media Challenge veterans Vernon Sarne, Brian Afuang, Deo Macalma and Jess Garcia - finally took to the podium, taking 2nd place and earning 27 championship points. They are now tied in fourth place with Team Top Gear Magazine with 60 points.
Series leaders Manila Bulletin had to settle for 3rd place, despite the joint efforts of team members Aris Ilagan, Anjo Perez, Popong Andolong and Aaron Favila. The 24 points they earned helped them maintain their overall lead by 3 points over Team Philippine Star / Speed Magazine.
C! Magazine, earned 21 championship points for placing fourth for the round and 3rd overall with a total of 71 points. Top Gear Magazine placed 5th for the round and earned 18 points. The mixed team of Tessa Salazar (PDI), Bam Olivares (Daily Tribune), Ferdie Baja (DZEC) and Andy Sevilla (Business Mirror) placed 6th for the round, while Team Auto Review / Autoindustriya placed 7th.
Despite the constant heckling from his colleagues, Jeff Reyes (Philippine Star) stood his ground and ran the fastest lap of the day of 1 minute 5.07 seconds. Second place was taken by teammate Manny de los Reyes (1:05.18) and in third place was series leader Aris Ilagan of Manila Bulletin.
In the individual standings, Ilagan leads the pack with a whopping 84 points. He is followed by MC newbie Iņigo Roces (C! Magazine) with 57 points and Anjo Perez (Manila Bulletin) in 3rd place (54 points).
Despite the changing weather conditions on race day, the four official Jazz VTEC cars held their own - powered by Petron Xtra Unleaded gasoline, and running on OEM Goodyear Eagle NCT5 tires. The additional chicanes upped the technicality of the track, but the prepped cars performed with flying colors. Willie Toledo, Petron Corporation's Technical Manager, was onsite and gave a brief talk about Petron Xtra Unleaded and the benefits of using their new and improved formulation. The slippery track caused by the morning showers was no match for Goodyear's NCT 5 tires which were designed for wet and dry conditions.
The 7th season of the Jazz VTEC Media Challenge is presented by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc and supported by Petron Xtra Unleaded; Goodyear for the OEM tires, Nodalo's Trading for the race-safety modifications, Igertech for the timing and Aitech for the car stickers. This club event is sanctioned by the Automobile Association Philippines and is organized by ADBM Resources.