Castillo repeats in Touge Battle round 2

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The two Subaru Impreza STis battle it out in the Turbo+ Class of the Touge Battle round 2 staged at the Batangas Racing Circuit on Sunday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The two Subaru Impreza STis battle it out in the Turbo+ Class of the Touge Battle round 2 staged at the Batangas Racing Circuit on Sunday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Hernel Castillo scored his second win in the Turbo+ Class while veteran Chris Cadiz, Michael Pasumbal and Felix Perez topped their respective classes during the Touge Battle round 2 held at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) in Rosario, Batangas on Sunday.

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Castillo, driving a Subaru Impreza STi, beat Sydney Sarmiento by two seconds with the latter also driving an Impreza.

Although rains poured at the BRC, race organizer EZ Ligaya said the second round of the Touge Battle still pushed through presenting challenges to the competitors.

“Practice and qualifying sessions were more challenging than usual, thanks to the continuous rainfall that covered the circuit reducing grip making it more difficult for the drivers to control their machines through the twists and turns of the Batangas Racing Circuit,” he said.

Autocross Veteran Cadiz won the Economy class in his Toyota Echo beating rival Mars Delos Reyes who was driving a Toyota Vios Generation 1. Newcomer Brian Bautista grabbed third position in his Honda Jazz.

In the Regular class, the Toyota Levin driven by Michael Pasumbal was untouchable and defeated Jam Jimenez who finished second in his 1997 Subaru Legacy after a close battle with Adrian Millares who came in third with his Honda Civic Sir.

Felix Perez came in first place in Premium class over Nicolas Chen in second and Jeric Manalo in third.

A total of 22 cars battled it out in the various classes of the Touge Battle round two.

The quickest qualifier for the day was Paul Perez driving his lime green Honda EK, competing in the Open race class clocking a 1:24.32 in the wet.

Andrew de Asis of JCT Blanch Racing took home the top prize for Race 2 class after an exciting battle against team mate Sarmiento who landed in second place. Jay Beredo came in at third place. Danby Yaptinchay blitzed the track by posting the fastest time of the day in his Cyborg Lancer with 1:17.81 over second placer Paul Perez in his Honda Civic who posted the second fastest time of the day at 1:18.00. Yaptinchay and Perez competed in the Open class.

Newbie class winners were Jeric Manalo in first, Brian Bautista in second and Sam Buhaimed in third. Perez, by posting the fastest time of the day, walked away with the Touge King title.

Round 3 of Touge Battle will be on February 20 at the Clark Speedway in Pampanga.

Touge Battle is like a cat-and-mouse chase type of racing where two cars compete with each other with the winner advancing to the next rounds via knockout system. Two cars take off from the starting line four seconds apart and negotiate a twisty track. The first car that takes off wins the race if it reaches the finish line more than four seconds ahead of the other car. For the second car to win, it must cross the finish line less than four seconds after the first car.

Touge Battle is organized by Aggressive Line events and 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 Automotive.

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