Iñigo Anton leads pack


The Philippine racing scene is witnessing a change of guard, as racing prodigy Iñigo Anton takes lead of the pack of champions in the second half of the Petron-MP Turbo Rally of Champions (ROC) season 2.

Dubbed the decathlon of motor sports, the ROC Legends Class is the premiere event where the best champions from different racing disciplines congregate.

The 15-year-old Iñigo from Baguio leads the event after the first half of its successful second season with 93 points.

Rookie and veteran drivers gather for a photo before they battle anew in the second half of the Petron-MP Turbo Rally of Champions, which resumes on Sunday, March 15, at the R33 Drift Track in San Simon, Pampanga. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

He has won three rounds — two more than his multi-champion father Carlos Anton and battle-tested Mike Potenciano. Both veterans won one round each, with 76 and 70 points, respectively.

“We are very happy to witness the changing of guards in our MP Turbo Rally of Champions with my youngest MP Turbo Team member Iñigo Anton leading all of us,” said ROC race director Potenciano.

“We have opened our ROC to young racers and they have shown us that they are the best out there!” he added.

With more than 34 years of organizing races, Potenciano has developed the unique ROC championship where races are held in tarmac and dirt tracks using one-make cars on Michelin or BF Goodrich Tires.

There are 10 rounds in the series featuring different types of races, which has never been done before.

The ROC also combines three races in one weekend, namely the MP Turbo Arrive and Drive Challenge, South Asialink Finance Corp. Super Battle and the premiere Michelin/BF Goodrich Rally of Champions.

The second season of the ROC started in October 2019 and will have its finals during the big Philippine Festival of Speed, also organized by MP Turbo, in June.

“This is the best race series that you will ever see and you will never find another one anywhere in the world! We are just fortunate to have the support of Petron Corp., South Asialink Finance Corp. and Clark Global City to make it happen,” Potenciano said.

“We also thank the various car manufacturers for supporting the ROC and make motor sports as their venue to help promote their vehicles. Most of all, we are thankful to all the champions that have raced and help make ROC a resounding success!” he added

The ROC Present Division is led by the Antons, with Carlos ahead of Iñigo by 21 points. The Past Class has Potenciano leading over JR Costales and Joey Jimenez. In the Masters Class, defending champion Raul Tuason is again in the lead, ahead of Ramon Dizon and retired judge Banny Vargas.

The tightly contested Future Class is led by Karol Collantes over Subic’s Rommel Mateo, with 86 and 80 points, respectively. Last year’s champion Jeff Soberon is in third and is only 4 points behind teammate Mateo.

The new participants in the ROC are all running in the Qualifier’s Division, and leader Andrew Tuason will see his lead cut as he is working in Vietnam. Chasing him are Boboy Rabe, Jerome Arcenas, Ohad Rapoport, and brothers Ryan and Raffy Dizon.

The ROC Round 6 will feature Tarmac Autocross and will be held at the R33 Drift Track in San Simon, Pampanga on Sunday, March 15. For more information, please check out MP Turbo Rally of Champions on Facebook and www.mpturbo.com.

THE TIMES



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