Who says that women can’t race with the big boys? In the Philippines, there is even proof that women can make things uncomfortable for men in the race track, literally. Take TV personality and model Phoemela Baranda as an example. In the Vios Cup series, she has mounted serious challenges to male racers in the Celebrity Class, to a point that she scares some of the competitors.
Then there’s Vios Cup rookie Aira Medrano, who over the other weekend took her first win in the Promotional Class in the second leg of the one-make car series held at Filinvest, Muntinlupa City.
Medrano, a 19-year-old member of the Toyota Alabang team, notched her first victory in the second race of the Promotional division during the race weekend.
“During the first leg [at]Clark [International Speedway], I had a not-so-impressive result so I told myself that I would really make up for my mistakes at Filinvest and the result was I won. I’m very happy,” she explained in Filipino in an interview with The Manila Times.
Medrano utilized a calculated move to trounce the much-experienced opposition in race No. 2 of the second leg of the race series. The former karting standout mounted a charge to take the lead from Marc Martinez of Marc Cars in the opening laps, and finally pull away from the pack.
Medrano registered a race time of 16:55.397 (minutes) and a fastest lap of 1:22.425 to edge Martinez, who won the first race, by a sizeable four-second gap.
“Before I overtook him, I was already happy because I was ensured of a podium finish. But once I overtook him, I just maintained my position until the end of the race,” she said.
She mentioned that she started to set up her move to snatch the top spot from the start of the race. Medrano stressed she had a difficult time adjusting in her first races of the Vios Cup series.
“My jump from karting to racing here in the Vios Cup was big because in karting you only had two pedals. In my first race in Clark, I really had a hard time adjusting,” she said.
“The experience so far is fun. Unlike karting, the action here is on a different level. Here you really have to wait and patience is key because a lot of things can happen,” Medrano added.
Also, she feels no pressure as the youngest Filipina driver in the ranks of Vios Cup drivers, adding that she enjoys racing against veterans.
“There is no pressure at all. I just want to race,” she exclaimed.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES