Post-race drama, double victories highlight Round 3 of the 2018 Petron FlatOut Race Series

May 31, 2018

Despite the scorching heat of the summer sun, the 2018 Petron FlatOut Race Series (FORS) pushed through in style as it held its 3rd round last May 19 at the 3.7 km-long Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC). The grid was packed with a total 80 cars, all with a single goal of clinching valuable championship in the Time Attack and Grid Race heats.

As with the previous round, the folks of the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the country’s motorsports governing body, were gain in attendance to keep things fun, fair, and square. And with the help of the event’s fuel sponsor Petron, things went off on a high note.

Time Attack

The agenda for the day started off with a series of Time Attack runs. In Bracket R, Dondon Portugal prevailed as he stopped the clock with his best lap time of 1:42.573. His blistering performance not only earned him the fastest in the said bracket, it also placed him in the record book as the new fastest racer around BRC.

(On a side note, the previous BRC Fastest Lap record was 1:42.650 which Eduardo Suiza did last September 2017 on his Staging Lanes/W-Autosports Honda Civic EG. Portugal smashed this by a slim 0.077 secs with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7. This is according to the updated BRC fastest lap statistics by Time Attack Manila)

In Bracket A, Rafael la O' clocked in 1st with a lap time of 1:46.652. Clocking in 2nd was Portugal, followed by Suiza in 3rd. Bracket B, on the other hand, saw a fastest lap time of 1:56.207 set by Emerson Ocampo who swiped the win from Christopher Co by a scant 0.089 secs. On 3rd was Jero Consing.

Down in Bracket C, Sonny De Torres and Julian Diego took home 1st and 2nd places, respectively. Luke Mendoza, meanwhile, recorded the 3rd fastest lap. In Bracket D, Dominique Bon stood atop the podium in 1st, followed by Robert Tan in 2nd, and Armand Marcaida in 3rd.

Avin Villaseñor continued his Bracket E dominance with another fastest lap win, his third Time Attack victory so far. Meanwhile, Bracket F and Bracket G highlighted 15-year-old Kody Ng and lady driver Gabie Desales as respective winners.

Grid Race

The racing action continued with the Grid Race events. Dondon Portugal went all out, establishing an off-the-start commanding lead in Petron Grid A. He would defend that lead up until the end, eventually crossing the line 24.518 secs ahead of Rafael la O' in 2nd. Eduardo Suiza came close in 3rd.

Paolo Santos may have crossed the line 2nd in KYB Grid B, but he found himself winning the race against Emerson Ocampo who would be penalized post-race. That’s because the latter broke out of his bracket time despite finishing 1st. As a result, Ocampo fell down to 3rd behind Jonmark Ong in 2nd.

This incident happened again in Recaro Grid C where Julian Diego and Sonny De Torres would have taken 1st and 2nd places, respectively if not for their bracket time breakout. This gave Paul Santos an easy win.

As if that’s not enough, another timesheet chaos ensued, this time in Staunch Performance Grid D. The battle ran tight down to the midfield, but John Benedict Carbonel and Errol Panganiban were seen taking command and finishing 1st and 2nd, respectively. However in post-race, both men were slapped with penalties as a result of their bracket time breakout. In the end, the official Grid D results stated that Andre Tan won the race, followed by Erwin Manaog in 2nd, and Carlos Marzo in 3rd.

Lastly, Mars Ocampo took the win in SmartFuels 2 Race Grid E, followed by Jeff Pobadora in 2nd, and Jun Cabrera in 3rd.

Come June 9, the 2018 FlatOut Race Series will return at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga for Round 4.

The 2018 Petron FORS is made possible by the following sponsors and media partners. Photos by FlatOut Race Series.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.