Pampanga, Philippines – A whole year of adrenaline-filled racing has now come to a close. The Petron FlatOut Race Series (Petron FORS) returned to the Clark International Speedway last 27 October for the eighth and final time this year. Although it still attracted a healthy group of 97 entries, the main highlight of that day were the drivers who sealed their championship titles in the Time Attack and Grid races.
With Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 and Petron Blaze Racing as the series' official fuel and lubricant, the FORS regulars were also joined by the 86 Club, multi-million peso supercars, Asian V8 Championship, and the new Super Compact 1500 Class.
The fastest man of the day was Dominque Bon in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. His blistering 2 minutes 05.452 seconds lap was more than enough to earn him wins in both Bracket R and the Super Car Class. But he was unable to take the class title away from Rafael la O' who secured the Bracket R championship by finishing second. Right behind them in the time sheet was Jess Garcia in the CRG Toyota Celica ST185 in third.
In a very rare occasion, both la O' and Bon were outpaced in Bracket A when Anthony Songco in the Subaru WRX STI set the bar with a 2 minute 10.475 seconds lap. La O's consistent performance, however, earns him another title in Bracket A.
Paolo Santos wrapped up a very successful year in Bracket B by taking first place in class and securing the championship in the season finale. Second and third were Edurardo Pujol and BRE driver Ronn Cantindig.
Don Frew in the SmartFuels2Race Honda Civic EG barely edged Hernel Castillo to win in Bracket C by a 0.155 second margin. Behind them in third was Paul Santos of Team Big Chill who also snagged the class title in the process.
After a string of podium finishes, Robert Tan finally earned his first win of the season which was a fitting end to his 2018 campaign as he also picked up the Bracket D crown. AAP Motorsport Development Program (MSDP) graduate Armand Marcaida was second while Steve Travers in the Toyota MR-S was third.
Patrick Manapat, 15-year-old Russel Cabrera, and Mark Pascual rounded up the top three spots in Bracket E and were only separated by less than a second. But it was Mark Anton David, who with his steak of podium finishes, clinched the class championship by 34 points.
Anthony Raymond Santos was the fastest man in Bracket F, trailed by Adrian Agcamaran in second and Jeff Pobadora in third. The overall title, on the other hand, went to 15-year-old Kody Ng.
Lastly, Miguel Hortel enjoyed back-to-back victories in Bracket G, while female driver, Gabie Desales, was crowned champion.
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