2018 Philippine Rallycross Series Rounds 2 & 3 Results
After a successful starting round of the 2018 Philippine Rallycross Series, the races went back to their usual practice of having the two rounds held on the same day. With the competition still held at Pradera Verde in Lubao, Pampanga, racers delivered action-packed dirt rally racing both in the morning and evening sessions last April 22.
This time around, the track was shortened from last round’s 3.9km to 1.9km to allow faster queuing at the starting line. Though shorter, the track maintained its level of difficulty which required the same focus and skills from the drivers.
Round 2 - Day Stage
The Group 1 category of the second round was dominated by John Karlo Pelayo in his Mitsubishi Mirage sedan with the total time of 7:19.41. Only one second separated him from second placer Tygr Espino while third place was secured by John Doblada.
One of the tightest races was Group 2 which Mon Dimapilis, despite experiencing trouble that almost led to a DNF in his second run, won in his Mitsubishi Lancer CB with a time of 6:28.66. Johnsy Reyes followed in second while 2017 Group 2 Champion Jun Magno placed third.
Group 3 saw the same names on the podium. Mon Dimapilis demonstrated that 2018 could be his year by dominating Group 3 with his total time of 6:35.82. Johnsy Reyes followed in second and Jun Magno placed third.
Group 4 was led by Johnsy Reyes in his orange Toyota Corolla with his total time of 6:55.97. Alex Gonzales followed in a close second in his Mitsubishi Lancer GSR coupe.
The All-wheel-drive class was a head-to-head battle. Series first-timer AR Tomacruz in his first-gen Mitsubishi Eclipse won with a time of 6:48.65. Egai Ortiz Luis, despite having electrical and transmission troubles, managed to finish second with 7:05.81.
The Open Class was dominated by Filipino racing veteran Carlos Anton in a Subaru Impreza WRX with the total time of 6:27.06. Keanu Dominado followed second while Alex Lao finished third.
The UV Class saw two Suzukis racing against each other, with Sam Yamada in his Suzuki Jimny leading with a 6:36.91 total time followed by Paolo Villarta in his Suzuki Escudo with 7:37.67.
Round 3 - Night Stage
With all the driver still in high racing spirits, the third round became an action-packed evening for everyone on the track.
The third round of Group 1 was championed by young driver Tygr Espino in his Mitsubishi Lancer CB with a total time of 7:11.10. John Doblada followed in close second with 7:13.97. Second round winner John Karlo Pelayo managed to finish on the podium in third place.
The third round of Group 2 was dominated by Johnsy Reyes in his orange Toyota Corolla with a total time of 6:22.24. Second round winner Mon Dimapilis placed second while Jun Magno finished third.
Group 3 third round winner Mon Dimapilis posted a total time of 6:35.66. Johnsy Reyes and Jun Magno completed the top 3 winners, respectively.
Third round Group 4 winner Johnsy Reyes clocked a total time of 6:39.15 followed by Alex Gonzales with 6:59.06.
Sole All-wheel-drive Class participant of the night stage third round Egai Orti Luis clocked a total time of 7:25.94.
Carlos Anton led the Open Class category with a total time of 6:26.25 followed by Keanu Dominado with the time of 7:09.78.
Dirt racing action will continue in rounds 4 and 5 of the Philippine Rallycross Series on May 20, 2018, still at the premier leisure destination, Pradera Verde.
The 2018 Philippine Rallycross Series is supported by Pradera Verde, CAVDeal, Rota Wheels, Aguila Auto Glass, Maxi Atletika, Atoy Customs, Autocar Philippines, Motoring Today, Lifestyle on Wheels, ignition.ph and sanctioned by the Automobile Association Philippines.
Round 2 Results
Round 3 Results
Overall Championship Points