With the absence of the leader in the Turbo+ class during the fourth round of the 2016 Touge Battle series, Chris Cadiz stole the show to register his fourth win in the Economy class this time with his Toyota Vios (first generation).
Staged at the Batangas Racing Circuit in Rosario, Batangas over the weekend, Cadiz took the two races in the Economy class over Mars Delos Reyes who was also driving a Vios.
“In the battle of Toyota economy cars, Chris once again came out on top sweeping the finals, winning every round despite the valiant efforts of Mars in second place,” said race organizer EZ Ligaya.
The Regular class had the most number of entries on race day or two station wagons, a first generation Toyota RAV4 two-door, Honda Civics, Toyota Corollas and a rare Toyota Levin of Michael Pasumbal. But the experience of Pasumbal and Jam Jimenez earned them the right to fight for top spot in the finals.
When the dust settled, Pasumbal grabbed first place while Jimenez took second place.
Felix Perez dominated the Premium class with an easy first place finish. First-time racer Richard Turalba took second place over other first-time racers Diben Dimaandal who came in at third while cousin Daniele Dimaandal ended in fourth.
With the absence of the leader Hernel Castillo in the Turbo+ class, the other competitors were anxious to prove who was the best on race day in the class.
After a long absence, Kevin Sugden, returned with his “bug eye” Subaru Impreza STi while rivals Renz Fortunato showed up with an R33 Nissan Skyline and Angelo Elinon in a 2015 Subaru WRX.
With Fortunato dealing with a clutch problem, the final battle was between Sudgen and Elinon. After a first round dead heat, Kevin was able to maintain his composure that gave him an overall first place finish in the Turbo+ class
Round 5 of Touge Battle will be on April 16 also at the Batangas Racing Circuit.
Touge Battle is organized by aggressive line events and is supported by Autoperformance PH, Vic dealer of Achilles Radial, 2ner Magazine, C! Magazine, Dreamsmed, Inflatable Factory, Legit Manila, Prima Coffee, Rally Parts, Studio 21 Creatives, Sushi Factory, Turbo Time, Time Attack Manila, Bridgestone Alabang and SCAG.