The 2016 season of Touge Battle! has finally come to an end and what an ending it was. Held at the Clark International Speedway (CIS), the event was the biggest race of the year with a turnout of 41 competitors.
Race 2 Class was a family feud between cousins Russ Agapito and M.C. Agapito with Russ leading the way and M.C. Taking 2nd spot. Greg Wood, who already earned enough points to win the class championship, decided to sit this one out and let his mechanic Armer Garcia drive his Rapid 7 to which he put on 3rd.
Chris Cadiz displayed his exemplary driving skill in Race 3 Class using a daily-driven Toyota Vios to battle against better-equipped, race-prepped machines. He easily disposed of Martin Alexander and Rommel Guevarra to grab 1st place.
Then, there was the Turbo+ Class where Hernel ‘Mr. H’ Castillo showed what kind of driver he was. As always, he dominated the field of 9 drivers, claimed the overall class championship, and set the fastest time of the day of 1:08.09 in the process. Angelo Elinon and Peter Gaw came in 2nd and 3rd placed, respectively.
In the Premium Class, Moses Dumaguing came out on top using his highly-tuned Honda Civic, beating veteran drifter David Feliciano in 2nd and Brennan Lim in 3rd.
Leonard Cristobal in a Honda Civic EF left everyone behind in the Regular Class. Coming in a close 2nd was Jam Jimenez in the Subaru Legacy ahead of John Cardena in 3rd. With Cadiz out of the Economy Class, Daniel ‘Elpaks’ Leonardo lead the field with Gilbert Orpilla in 2nd and Mars Delos Reyes in 3rd.
The event is organized by Aggressive Line Events with support from AutoPerformance PH, Vic of Achilles Radial, Bridgestone Alabang, Dreamsmed, The Inflatable Factory, Prima Coffee, Sushi Factory, SCAG, Rally Parts, Studio 21 Creatives, and Monster Energy Drink. Media partners include Time Attack Manila, 2NER Magazine, C! Magazine, Turbo Time, Legit Manila, Wheel-Spin, and Manila Times.
[Photos by Dominick Galauran]