Carlos Loinaz and Jette Calderon edged past the Vios Cup defending champion Adres Calma in the centerpiece Super Sporting class in the third leg of the Vios Cup Season 3 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga on Saturday.
Calderon closed nine laps in 22:10.493 minutes, just 503 split seconds earlier than his team-mate Calma who finished 22:10.996 in the second race, while Basti Escalante came in third with 22:14.469 minutes.
In the first three laps, Calma dictated the pace, leading Escalante and Calderon.
Escalante of Obengers then overtook Calma in the fourth lap but failed to hold the top position.
The reigning champion notched the top position in the fifth lap. However, Calderon found the opportunity and took control in the last four laps to bring home the gold.
“That was really tight. We’re team-mates but I know he’s [Calma] really good. He’s been winning most of the races in Vios so I feel really good for catching up with them,” said Calderon.
After getting a penalty and finishing fifth in the first race, Calderon and his team from GM Motorsports had to evaluate his performance.
“I had to look to my pace against the other cars to see if I can actually have the chance to climb back the ladder. So after we found out that we were the second fastest in the track, me and my team talked and we strategized. We came up with the conclusion that we have to get as much cars right after the start ‘cause that’s them, all the cars are punch stop. That was the plan,” Calderon said.
In the first race of the Super Sporting class, Loinaz topscored with 22:16.269 minutes, followed by Calma and Escalante with 22:17.813 and 22:20.047 minutes, respectively.
Bryan Co and Daniel Miranda figured in separate accidents as Co lost his way and bumped his car to the fence after colliding with Miranda’s car. Miranda then survived the collision but had his car flipped at the start of the first race.
“Everyone was fast so coming into race, we are only doing mid of the field. So I was worried about we weren’t able to make podium because we were slow in practice. But after the accident, I got surprised that I was up to third place and then I was able to pass Raymond Ronquillo up to second so we had a restart,” said Loinaz.
Loinaz said Calma really pressures well in the track but added, “Definitely, I know Calma is faster. So all I was trying to do was to defend my line and defend my position, hoping to finish ahead of him and we were fortunate to finish.”
Gerard Loy finished first in Race 1 of the Sporting class with 30:01.321 minutes, but figured in third in the second race with 22:34.416 minutes, falling short to Miguel Diaz and Miko Maristela with 22:31.052 and 22:31.455 minutes, respectively.
Aira Medrano and Oliver Matias dominated Races 1 and 2, respectively, of the Promotional class where Toyota Motor Philippines president Satoru Suzuki also participated.