The competition heated up in the Mitsubishi Mirage Gymkhana as the two teams fielded by Top Gear Philippines finished second and third during the second leg of the series held July 20 at Robinsons Nova Market in Novaliches.
Banking on consistency and perseverance along with a dash of luck, Team Top Gear A composed of motorsports editor and former touring car driver Mikko David and publisher Jeff Reyes garnered the second fastest aggregate time of the day. They wrapped up the leg just 2.479 seconds ahead of Team Top Gear B made up of associate editor Paulo Subido and writer Jason dela Cruz.
With the race format now modified so that each team member will be able to run one of the two Hotpipes and K&N Filters-equipped Mitsubishi Mirage race cars once in the morning and then the other car in the afternoon on the opposite mirror track, all four were able to post competitive times to keep them in the championship hunt.
A total of 14 teams composed of two drivers each were on hand in the second leg to compete for the series points. This time around, the track was longer and faster as the new venue offered more space for the competitors to push the cars to the limit. At the end of the day, the quick team from C! magazine posted the fastest total time.
After some overzealous driving throughout the cloudy day, both cars had to be cooled down by the organizers. A car and tire swap occurred late in the day to allow the final runs to be completed.
The MyMitsu team of Michael Gonzaga and JR Costales bagged the top plum for the Fleet/Club Division, besting the teams from Club Mitsu and MitsuLancerPh.
As in the first leg, there was a bonus activity that allowed lucky teams to cut down their total times in order to have a chance at the podium. This leg's challenge was to name as many tunes from a given playlist of music tracks. Team Top Gear A was able to shave off eight seconds from its total time to catapult it into second place, while Team Top Gear B cut off six seconds to help it get up to third.
Also similar to the first leg, time penalties were handed out to teams that produced tire squeals upon takeoff as well as gear crunches when reversing during the parking maneuvers. The rule caught some competitors off guard as the manual-transmission Mirage race cars were quick to respond off the line.
Photos by Mikko David