Team Land Rover Philippines prepares for second off-roading tilt in China

Going for gold
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Aug 13, 2010
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Land Rover Philippines (LRPhils Motors) is aiming for gold as it prepares for the 2nd Sanya Off-Road Rainforest Challenge (RFC) in China next week.

Team Land Rover Philippines will run a modified Land Rover Defender 90 powered by a 3.9-liter V8 gasoline engine.

“Although the diesel engine has a slight torque advantage compared to the gasoline engine, the gasoline engine has a lot more horsepower,” Team Land Rover Philippines leader Robby Consunji said when asked about the engine option. “Since we’ve noticed that the RFC has been running more high-speed races besides the usual off-road challenges, we decided to go with the gasoline-powered V8 instead.”

Team Land Rover Philippines will again field the multi-awarded off-roading duo Larry Mendiola and Atoy Jamilla III in next week’s competition. Mendiola’s son, Hirryan, will be the team’s mechanic as he is also a professional mechanic at Land Rover Philippines.

Consunji said Team Land Rover Philippines will be up for quite a challenge with over 500 teams from 15 countries expected to join this year’s rainforest off-roading competition. However, LRPhils executive director Marc Soong is confident in representing the country in Sanya.

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“We have a great car and a great team,” Soong said. “In this sport, we Filipinos are very competitive and always finish on top.”

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Last year, Team Land Rover Philippines ranked fifth in the overall tally besides being the overall champion in the Electric Winch category during the Sanya Off-Road Rainforest Challenge. The team also bagged the First Island Entry Award, which is given to the first foreign team to arrive at the off-road event.

"We believe in the ability of the Filipino off-road racers to excel in international extreme off-road adventure competitions," Consunji said."This is a passion for living out the 4x4 adventure.  We are joining this race in China not only to compete, but to showcase driving abilities of our Filipino off-road racers and to bring pride to our country and our sponsors."

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