Top drivers clash in 2017 FlatOut Race Series’ penultimate event
The FlatOut Race Series (FORS) returned to the Batangas Racing Circuit on Sept. 9 for the 7th round of the eight-race 2017 calendar, with Eduardo Suiza of W-Autosport / Staging Lanes and Team Forced Speed’s Eggy Ong winning some of the season’s fiercest feuds on the track.
Suiza, whose main goal for the day was to reclaim the fastest lap of BRC, did just that as he timed 1:42.650 to shatter the previous record by over 3 seconds and take 1st place in Bracket R, while Ong drove an error-free race to win in GT Radial Grid A during the racing weekend that drew 82 entries looking for championship titles in the Time Attack and Grid Races.
With Suiza placing 1st, Lance Binamira was once again 2nd in the BPS Racing Toyota Corolla AE92 with a 1:46.046 run, while Rafael la O’ ended up in 3rd.
The Auto Magic Honda Civic EK of La O’ also managed 1st in Bracket A, followed by Suiza in 2nd, and a very deserving Kikong Dela Rama in 3rd.
Jero Consing from Bacolod is now a regular in the Bracket B podium, scoring another 1st place with his 1:56.562 lap. Andrew de Asis kept his points’ lead with a 2nd-place finish and James Paul Santiago of A1 Racing ranked 3rd in a newly-built Honda Civic EG.
The fastest in Bracket C was Jack Saquilayan with a 1:59.111, followed by Paul Santos and lady driver Kathy Villar.
Ralph Tan scored back-to-back wins in Bracket D. Behind him in the time sheets was Raymond De Pano in 2nd and AAP Motorsport Development Program (MSDP) finalist Bernard Michael Santos in 3rd.
Carmudi Racing’s Ronn Catindig bested 8 other drivers in Bracket E to take 1st place. Dan Errol Panganiban had to settle for 2nd this time while Alvin Villaseñor completed the podium spots.
The top 3 finishers in Bracket F were Andre Tan, Arbie Jacinto, and Noel Delos Reyes. Lastly, Jerome Hilado secured 1st in Bracket G, followed by 14-year-old Kody Ng in 2nd, and Felix Chua in 3rd.
It was a 2-way battle between Suiza and La O’ during the 12-lap GT Radial Grid A race. Both drivers were equally matched and looked to be set for a photo finish, but the pair made contact on the last lap, allowing Ong to strike and take the chequered flag in 1st. Suiza salvaged 2nd while La O’ made it to the finish in 3rd.
The KYB Grid B race saw 5 cars fight for the win. There were some friendly contact in the back, while Aaron Lao and Andrew de Asis of Blanche Racing dueled up front. Lao eventually won by a 2.108 sec lead over De Asis. Ethanworx Racing’s Jonmark Ong finished 32.235 secs later in 3rd.
Despite a spin, Zacharry Mendoza managed to hold onto the lead and finish 1st in the SmartFuels Grid C race. Santos collected another 2nd place, while Polo Bautista was bumped down to 3rd after a penalty for breaking out.
A huge 19-car train made up the Recaro Grid D and Worksbell Grid E race. Ronn Catindig lead the way and defended his position against his teammate Julian Diego and a hard-charging Bernard Michael Santos.
After 10 laps, Cantindig was able cross the finish line in 1st with Diego behind in 2nd and Santos in 3rd.
Andre Makkina Tan mixed it up with the Grid D boys, but otherwise had a comfortable gap to win in Grid E. The Toyota Yaris of Robert Tan and Steve Travers then took the last podium spots in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The FlatOut Race Series (FORS) now prepares for the final showdown of the 2017 season at the Clark International Speedway on October 14.
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