While most automotive aficionados converged at the SMX Convention Center last weekend for the 2010 Manila Auto Salon, some of the country's top motorsports personalities were busy at the Batangas Racing Circuit for the second leg of the Concept One Race of Champions.
Hyundai Asia Resources, authorized distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, fielded two 3.8-liter V6 Hyundai Genesis Coupes on November 20. The silver variant was shod with 19-inch Concept One Replica Design wheels with Nitto NT555 tires while the yellow variant had Nitto NT05 intermediate tires.
For the November 21 race, British United Automobiles, the official importer of Mini in the Philippines, assigned two units of the Mini Cooper S that wore 17-inch Concept One Pursuit wheels with Avon ZZ3 tires.
Thirteen motorsport champions participated in the two-day event with former Asian Formula Three driver Tyson Sy topping the time sheet on both days--an impressive effort for a first-time ROC participant who has been inactive in the motorsport scene for the past three years. Other first-time participants in the race were Vip Isada, Gaby dela Merced and Rikki Dy-Liacco who took time out of his busy schedule as operations director of the Zhuhai International Circuit in China and flew home just to join the race.
On November 20, Sy was shadowed by Georges Ramirez who took second place while Mike Potenciano could only manage third, no thanks to a minor accident that gouged the silver unit's sheet metal. With the Mini Cooper S, Sy was trailed over a second behind by second-place finisher Edgen Dy-Liacco followed by Pepon Marave in third.
The two-day event also honored the late race car driver Kookie Ramirez. His wife, Menchie, ran a ceremonial lap around the track in memory of her late husband before the races were officially flagged off.
Photo courtesy of Sam Liuson and Ardie Lopez