The 3rd round of the 2015 Philippine Rallycross Series kicked-off last Sunday at Arca South in Western Bicutan, Taguig. Arca South, the newest lifestyle and business district of Ayala Land Inc. played host to the 1.7-kilometer track that had petrol heads running on tarmac, dirt and puddle.
In Group 1, young gun Mike Santos, in his Toyota Corolla Gli, bested John Laxamana and his father, Bernie Santos to take the top spot of the podium. Veteran driver Mike Reyes likewise ruled Group 2 on board his Nissan March beating contemporary Sonny Oliveros and John Nocom.
Group 3 saw Mark Bernardo lording it over former national driver and navigator of the year Art Guevarra . Bernardo, a drifting champion, in his red Toyota Corolla DX edged out Guevarra by just one second. Louie Camacho came in third to complete the top three finishers.
Another veteran driver, Boyet Policarpio, once again showed his dominance in Group 4 when he outclassed John Santos and Butch Mamon using his trusted 2-liter Nissan Pulsar. Policarpio, father of Nissan GT Academy Asia winner Joward, also took the top spot of Group 4 in the previous round held at the Philippine Arena in Santa Maria, Bulacan. The veteran did not waste any time as he also ruled the Open-class over contemporary Kenneth Dominado and Gerald Lim.
Lim got his first taste of victory when he clinched first place honors in the UV (Utility Vehicle) class over Jason del Rosario and rounds one and two winner Tito Arbatin who retired because of mechanical problems on his 200-horsepower Land Rover Defender 90.
In the Media class supported by Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda, former touring car and formula driver George Apacible of Wheels Philippines registered the fastest cumulative time of 2:44.24 to displace erstwhile leader Beeboy Bargas and Jeff Reyes of Top Gear Philippines. The motoring scribes powered their way into the track using a 4×4 Mazda BT-50 pick-up truck.
The 2015 Philippine Rallycross Series is co-presented by Avida Towers One Union Place and Arca South together with Rota and Bridgestone, and is supported by A-Toy Customs and Potato Corner in cooperation with the city government of Taguig.