Top 7 teams advance to final leg at SIR
The Ford Focus TRS Race of Champions Media Cup completed its second leg last Saturday determining the top seven teams who will battle it out in the championship round in Subic on November 7. The three-part race series' second run saw participants brave all weather conditions as they took on Autocross racing at the Greenhills open parking area on board the Ford Focus TDCi race car.
After combining accumulated points from the first and second leg, the top seven teams who qualified for the Ford Focus TRS Race of Champions Media Cup Finals are Philippine Star, Auto Industriya, Manila Bulletin, Auto Review, Top Gear, Uno Magazine, and Wave 89.9.
No amount of rain or wind deterred the racers' excellent performance as more exciting match-ups abound throughout the day. After a brief course on Autocross racing conducted by Tuason Racing School, participants geared up for their practice runs before two timed heats wherein the individuals' best times were combined and ranked to determine the day's fastest drivers.
For the second leg Autocross race, third place was taken by Team Autoindustriya.com composed of Vince Pornelos and Iņigo Roces combined best time of 1 minute and 19.82 seconds. The team from TopGear, represented by Beeboy Bargas and Ferman Lao snatched second place with fastest times adding up to 1 minute and 18.85 seconds. The first place winners for the 2nd leg of the Race of Champions Media Cup was Team Philippine Star, composed of Jeff Reyes and Manny de los Reyes with an amazing combined time of 1 minute and 18.61 seconds. It was also from this top team where the competition saw the fastest racer of the day -Jeff Reyes from Philippine Star was recognized with a best individual time of a whopping 38.65 seconds.
These three teams who led the pack at the second leg are joined by four others to complete the top seven ranking teams who will race in a wheel-to-wheel course at the Subic International Race Way on November 7.
For the two other categories of the 2009 Ford Focus - TRS Race of Champions second leg, Ford consumers and Ford sales consultants representing various Metro Manila dealerships also engaged in some of the day's tight races.
For the category of Ford consumers third place winner Bobby Horrigan ended with a best of time 39.01 seconds whereas Carlos Pedrosa was awarded second place with his fastest time of 39.26 seconds. Audel Sison was declared the champion of the category for the first leg with a best time of 38.95 seconds.
The second batch of fearless racers for the day were the Ford sales consultants. Landing third place was the representative from Ford Edsa, Carlo Malapitan with a fastest time of 43.04. Paul Baradas of Ford Edsa earned second place with his best time of 42.08 seconds and declared winner was Ford Alabang's bet Sonny Galban with an excellent time of 41.36 seconds.
"We are excited to conclude the second leg of the race series having seen participants embody the Ford Focus' racing heritage here in the local motorsports scene," says Dino Obias, Ford Group Philippines Assistant Vice President for Marketing. "Through the 2009 Ford Focus Race of Champions, Philippine racing fans experience the thrill of international racing as they get behind the wheel of the Focus' world-class performance.'"
Still at the heart of the excitement is the Ford Focus TDCi -the revolutionary racecar that runs on turbo-diesel common-rail direct-injection (TDCi), delivering an exceptional peak torque of 340Nm and a unique transient "overboost" feature for excellent performance response on top of a 6-speed transmission. The vehicle gives to the passenger car segment class-leading technologies and clearly groundbreaking innovations.
"The Ford technology behind Focus TDCi's winning combination of acceleration, handling and braking capability is what we call 'street to track' innovation. It equates to superior technical capability and a dynamic nature that stands testament to our desire to make cars that are the exception to dull and drab everyday commute, bringing excitement back to driving." says Steven Tan, Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Ford Group Philippines.
Spectators of the exciting event get in on the action by trying out the Ford Focus TDCi and the rest of Ford's line-up of vehicles through test drives on the final race at the Subic International Raceway (SIR).