Petron x 4 Oras ng Pilipinas
The lights went green at exactly 5:45 am. Within just the first hour, 3 of the 23 cars slipped out. This signalled a series of safety car outings that would occur many times during the day.
As hours went by, it became clear that the #1 AutoPerformance Victor Hardware Motorsport BMW M3, #22 H Racing Honda Civic FD, #2 Parts Pro Racing Honda Civic EG, #14 GT Radial Honda Civic EK, and the #12 Shell Helix Ultra Honda Civic FD were on a fierce 5-way battle for the lead.
Consistency is paramount for most teams. This involves precise pit timing, refuelling strategies, driver changes, and so on. Capitalizing on this idea, the #12 car driven by Estefano Rivera, Paolo Santos, and Andre Tan came out on top, winning the 4 Oras ng Pilipinas overall and RP Class with a full lap lead to spare.
Behind them in 2nd RP Class was the #5 Mango Suites x BM Racing Toyota Vios driven by Red Diwa and Francis Dysico. Remarkably, Diwa’s team also won 4th overall, 3rd in FM1, 1st in FM2, and 1st in FM3 – a very strong show of force.
The #18 PartsPro x Car Porn Racing Mazda MX-5 of Errol Panganiban, Gabe Tayo, Kevin Tayao, Marc Soong, and Iñigo Anton was also a force to be reckoned with under the rain. That’s because the team clinched 2nd overall and 1st in FM1. On the other hand, the #2 car of Tyson Sy and Carlos Anton made it good with a 3rd overall and a 2nd place win in FM1.
The #21 BRE Ford Fiesta of Bubi Camus, Benjamin Ng, Ronn Catindig, Amiel del Mundo, Kevin Sugden, and John Diego managed to win 2nd in FM2. Meanwhile, the #13 Shell Helix Ultra Honda Civic EG of Gabie Desales, Mike Santos, Abet Reyes, and Peewee Mendiola settled for 3rd FM2.
Landing 2nd in FM3 was the #19 Cebu x M&M x MR Auto Toyota Yaris driven by the father-and-son tandem of Mike and Miguel Hortel who’re both first-timers in PEC. Rounding off the FM3 class in 3rd was the #17 GT x SB Salon x KYB SmartFuels Toyota Yaris of Robert Tan, Sherwin Bargos, Ferdie Sia, and Mars Ocampo.