Team Atoy Customs' Gio Rodriguez has claimed an early lead in the pro division of the 2013 Hyundai Lateral Drift Championship Series by topping the first two of the six-round season last weekend.
For the first round, Rodriguez won against the series' sole lady drifter, Tintin David--who moved up to the pros this year after finishing in fourth place in last year's amateur division--and 2011 champion and last year's runner-up, Team Autocraft Drift's Audel Sison.
Round two was run on the same track layout as round one, with Rodriguez proving that consistency is an important factor in winning the overall championship. He finished on the top spot as well. Shadowing him in second place was six-time and defending division champion Alex Perez of Team Yellow Cab Drift, while Team Turbo Cafe's Boodie Dabasol finished in third place.
In the amateur division, Singaporean Cedric Cabanero--who plans to fly into the country to compete in every round--topped the first round, followed by Robert Tan and Mark Bernardo. Cabanero supposedly impressed the judges with his tenacity so much that he's been given a probationary status to compete in the pro division in the succeeding rounds.
For the amateur division's second round, Tan came back with a vengeance to take his first-ever first-place finish, followed by EJ Malibiran in second and Bernando once again in third.
The third round of the 2013 Hyundai Lateral Drift Championship Series will be held on September 28, with the venue to be announced soon on the Facebook pages of Hyundai Philippines and Lateral Drift Productions.