• Miranda hopes to bounce back in next Vios Cup rounds

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    Daniel Miranda (second from left) wounded up in third place in both races of the first round of the 2016 Vios Cup series held at the Clark International Speedway on March 19. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Daniel Miranda (second from left) wounded up in third place in both races of the first round of the 2016 Vios Cup series held at the Clark International Speedway on March 19. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    After failing to secure a victory during the first round, young Cebuano racer Daniel Miranda is hoping for a better outcome in the next legs of this season’s Vios Cup.

    Miranda, who took the pole position in the Super Sporting class, managed to snatch two third place finishes in the first round of the races held at the Clark International Speedway on March 18.

    “It’s a good race. Hopefully in the next race, I will be able to win and be more competitive to be on top,” Miranda told The Manila Times.

    He added he is optimistic of his chances of clinching the overall championship plum at the end of the season because of his success in last year’s Vios Cup in the Sport class.

    “It’s my second year in Vios Cup. Last year, I got third in the championship. Hopefully this year, will be a better year for me and hopefully get the championship at the end of the year,” Miranda said.

    During the first race of the Super Sporting class, the heated rivalry between Toyota Alabang’s Estefano Rivera and Miranda immediately took center stage with the former overtaking the latter in the first turn of the opening lap.

    However, Miranda pushed hard to gain momentum against Rivera in the remaining turns of the final lap but was unable to slingshot in front of his opponent.

    In the second race, Miranda, despite having a good start, was pushed aside momentarily at the hairpin turn and was dumped to 10th place.

    The young Cebuano driver was able to catch up and seal a podium finish at third place in the second race of the initial leg of the Despite falling short of achieving a great start this season, Miranda still believes experience will be a factor in the next rounds of the racing series.

    “It’s a good feeling. I qualified first in the first race and towards the final stretch I was already in second but in the last lap, the person in third overtook me,” he added.

    “For the second race, I was in second as well but someone bumped me in the back so I went up to 10th. From there I was able to get back to third,” Miranda said.

    He added he has become more competitive in the new Super Sporting class notwithstanding the problems he encountered with his car.

    “This year, I am quicker and more competitive but I had a problem with the car and setups, so hopefully next leg I would be able to fix all the problems,” Miranda said.

    The second leg of the 2016 Vios Cup will be on May 21 to 22 at the Filinvest center in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila.

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