Philippines – Coming from a successful season opener last month, the Petron FlatOut Race Series (Petron FORS) returned to the Clark International Speedway with an even bigger field of competitors for Round 2 of the 2018 season.
There were a total of 151 entries that joined the Time Attack and Grid races last 7th of April, making this one of the biggest turnouts in recent years. The list was comprised of purpose-built race cars, sports cars, and most importantly regular street-prepped cars. But with the FORS' bracketing system, all drivers were able to race within their own categories in a fun yet competitive playing field.
Backed by Petron Corporation as the FORS' official fuel and engine oil supplier, the highlight of the event were the exotic machines in Bracket R and the newly-formed Supercar Class. Rafael la O' in the Staunch Performance Honda Civic EK was once again the quickest in Bracket R, setting a new 2 minutes 03.899 seconds best lap. Meanwhile, the supercars filled the 4.189km circuit with roars from V6 and boxer engines of the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The fastest of the group was Aga Tomawis in the Autoholic Garage R35 that recorded a 2 minutes 09.945 seconds best.
Now on GT Radial SX2 tires, La O' again topped the time sheets in Bracket A, followed by Eduardo Suiza in 2nd in the newly-rebuilt W-Autosport / Staging Lanes Honda Civic EG. Gabby Sohu of Team Nawna Racing landed another podium spot by taking third.
Gabby's younger brother Raffy bagged a well-deserved first place in Bracket B with a near-perfect 2 minutes 16.142 seconds lap from the 15-year-old. Dominique Bon was second and Russ Agapito in his new Honda Civic EK race car was third.
14 drivers vied for the top spot in Bracket C, making it the biggest group of the day. Paul Santos in the Big Chill Racing Honda Civic FD managed to pip 13-year-old Miggy Sohu by a mere 0.061 seconds to claim first. Third spot went to a returning Sydney Sarmiento of Blanche Racing.
Alvin Bince outpaced all the other entries in Bracket D with his 2 minutes 24.557 seconds best. Robert Tan in the Grupo Toyota Yaris and Mike Hortel then ended up second and third, respectively. Avin Villaseñor scored back-to-back wins in Bracket E, while Mars Ocampo fought his way to the top spot of the podium in Bracket F. Lastly, Gilbert Orpilla repeated his performance from the previous round with another win in Bracket G.
Sanctioned by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), Grids A, B, and C were combined into a 10-lap, 19-car race. Eduardo Suiza jumped to an early lead and built a sizable gap from the rest of the field. But a rare mistake saw the reigning champion throw away an easy win. Rafael la O' inherited 1st place and crossed the finish line to win the Petron Grid A race.