Rally driving was recently given a much-needed shot in the arm as the organizers of the country’s legitimate rallycross series staged an immersion program for journalists. The goal is to provide journalists a first-hand experience in how it is like to drive competitively off-road, take fast corners, usually with a sideways technique.
Initially held during the Cavite leg of the Philippine Rallycross Series (PHRX), the second series of the Rally Driving Immersion program was held recently at the sprawling grounds of the Pradera Verde in Lubao, Pampanga.
Now on its fourth year, the Philippine Rallycross Series has gradually grown, from an initial batch of 10 participants in 2015, to 50 drivers regularly contesting for different categories in the 12-round national series. The inclusion of the Rally Driving Immersion program in the PHRX is a welcome activity for the popular rallycross series.
With PHRX promoting the sport of rally driving, rally driving will again be given a boost by having motoring journalists hitting the dirt and going sideways behind the wheel of a 4×4 Isuzu D-Max.
The idea behind the rally immersion program for journalists is veteran pen pusher Angelo “Anjo” Perez. “It is usually the motoring media who writes about these races and it would only be fitting for them to experience and know exactly what a rally driver experiences during a race,” Perez said.
The program allows motoring journalists to experience firsthand what a rally driver goes through in driving through rough roads, while listening for directions from the co-driver or navigator. Through the experiential drive, the journalists may convey to their readers the different type of excitement a rally driver experiences during the event.
The Rally Immersion Series is in partnership with Isuzu Philippines Corp., Black Rhino Wheels, Nitto Tires, PIAA, Blaupunkt, SONAX, CTEK, Wuerth Philippines and Ichiro Motor Oils.