The 2007 season of the Honda Media Challenge kicked off recently with the requisite performance driving clinics held last September 30 and October 7 at the FTI Complex in Taguig.
Among the topics covered in the one-day race clinic were proper seat position, steering techniques, shifting handwork, and footwork for acceleration and braking. Concepts such as car control, balance, cornering, and racing line were also introduced. After a short introductory lecturette, participants were given seat time to actually practice the skills and principles of performance driving.
The two race clinics were attended by novice media participants as well as veteran racers eager to log in extra seat time prior to the actual competition rounds. They were joined by Honda executives who are racing as part of the two Honda teams competing in the series, and several Honda Club members who will have their own invitational category in the 2007 season.
Departing from the circuit format of the past two seasons, the 2007 Honda Media Challenge will be designed as an Autokhana, combining the autocross and gymkhana motorsport disciplines. This format evens out the competition since emphasis will be on driver skill and vehicle handling, combining both speed and precision driving. The skills learned and practiced here, like smooth transitions, enhanced braking and skid correction, all have impact on improving the safety and skill of the participants' street driving. The challenge and excitement comes from the track lay-out with many twists and turns, which requires strong mental concentration.
Six Honda Jazz VTEC 1500 manual transmission units have been equipped with roll cages, racing seat and five-point harness for use as official competition vehicles. Tires are courtesy of Yokohama Tires.
Petron Xtra Unleaded continues to be the official fuel of this exclusive media event. Specially formulated to go the extra mile, Petron Xtra Unleaded delivers not only fuel efficiency but also power when you need that extra performance boost.
The competition rounds of the 2007 Honda Media Challenge are scheduled for November 10, November 24, and December 08, at the FTI Complex in Taguig.
The Honda Media Challenge is a club event sanctioned by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) and is organized by ADBM Resources. For more information about the event, call 9206944 or visit www.mediachallenge.info.