• Calma, Uy top 2016 Vios Cup first leg

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    Andres Calma and Allan Uy took the top honors in the new Super Sporting Class during first leg of this year’s Vios Cup held at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga on Saturday.

    Calma, last year’s Sporting class champion, clinched the trophy in the first race of the Super Sporting Class while veteran racer Uy bagged the award in the second race.

    Also, Calma capped off the opener of the Vios Cup 2016 with the fastest lap in his category and the Driver of the Day award.

    It was a head-to-head battle between former Toyota Alabang team-mates Estefano Rivera and Calma in the first race of the new category.

    Rivera held on the top spot of the pack in the early laps after overtaking pole spot holder Daniel Miranda of Toyota Balintawak in the initial turn of the first lap.

    However, Calma took the lead going into the fifth lap leaving behind Rivera and Daniel to gain a 3.4-second leeway with just three laps remaining in the race.

    On the other hand, Rivera and Miranda engaged fiercely going to the final stretch as the latter pushed hard to surpass the former‘s lead.

    At the end, Calma snatched the first place with a time of 29:22.7 seconds while Rivera trailed him at 7.74 seconds to take second spot.

    In the second race of their division, Toyota Quezon Avenue’s Uy outlasted the opposition after a slingshot move to overcome Rivera’s advantage to take the lead going into the second lap.

    Uy maintained his position but Calma managed to topple him to the second spot and dump Rivera to the third spot midway through the round.

    It went down the line for the top six racers of the grid as they all pushed for the victory in the outstanding heats but Uy’s experience prevailed to seal his first triumph of the season.

    “Its feels great to have won [the first race]. I’m glad that all my hard word and my team’s hard paid off,” Calma said in an interview with The Manila Times.

    He added he did not feel the pressure of racing in a more competitive category despite stepping into the track as the defending champion of last year’s top division.

    For his part, Uy said he attributed his win to his vast racing experience against his relatively young competitors in the Super Sporting Class.

    “I think it [experience]paid off. The young kids now practice so much. They have a very serious instructor, great mechanic, and chief engineers. Even though I have more experience in racing, they have been very fast and really wanted to win, ” he stated.

    Meanwhile, a fierce competition marked the opening race of the Sporting Class with the five-leading racers all forcing their way to the top.

    Paolo Rodriguez came out with the best performance of the primary race of their division despite starting in fourth position.

    Former Celebrity Class driver Sam YG exhibited his racing prowess in the preliminary rounds before being bumped out of contention by Alexis Salvador in the eighth lap.

    Action continued toward the remaining three laps in the closely contested class with Rodriguez edging out his opponents at the dawn of the checkered flag.

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