09-08-2001 ProSpeed Event Report by: Dr. Clunky
Saturday, 08 September 2001 08:00

 

ProSpeed Event Report

09/08/2001
by: Dr. Clunky

ProSpeed, known as one of the BEST drag racing organizers in the Philippines, put on a GREAT show for the participants and spectators last Sept. 15th. The Shell banners and flags waved in the breeze, exhibited an atmosphere of professional motorsports. Sponsor's banners prominently displayed added to the air of a great show about to unfold. In the morning hours, ProSpeed ran the continuation of their postponed Aug. 4th event. Most of the participants for that event didn't show, as only 30 or so drivers competed.

 

There was some confusion as to whether the drivers would be able to get credit for the cancelled race, in the afternoon session. At first, the decision was to credit only 50% of the entry fee. But, after speaking to Mr. Butch Inducil of ProSpeed, they had decided to allow the participants to use their credited entry, all of it, at any remaining event of the season! A TRUE gesture of goodwill towards the drag racing community. Thanks, ProSpeed! (now if they would only allow unlimited time trials, then things would be almost perfect...)

Despite the low participation in the morning event, competition was still pretty fierce! Drivers in all the classes battled it out for those precious points in the championship. In the Quick 8, for example, John Grajo of Team AutoPlus, raced against Ryan Lee of ATI Racing. Ryan's Civic EG (all motor) was definitely down on performance when compared with John's force fed SiR. In a twist of fate, Ryan came out the victor! He then faced a formidable challenge of racing against Redline Racing's EVO IV for the final round. Well, you can get lucky once in awhile, but not always. Despite several re-runs (due to timing system problems), Dondi Montecillo still emerged the winner.

Here are the results as follows:

Quick 8
1st Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing 13.937
2nd Ryan Lee ATI Racing 14.724

Pro Class A
1st Dondi Montecillo 14.128

Pro Class B
1st Michael dela Cruz Bolt-On Performance 14.433
2nd Ace Vergel Racing Zone 13.902

Pro Class C
1st Angelo Agregado MSF Autoworks 15.833
2nd Ryan Lee ATI Racing 16.296

Pro Class D
1st Brian Del Rosario 16.414
2nd John Regala Team Groundzero

The afternoon (or should I say, evening?) event was in stark contrast to the earlier event. over 70 participants signed up! All classes were filled with racers, both new and experienced. Some of the DRP Test-N-Tune participants came to show their new found skills in actual competition! With exception to the Pro Class A, the field was so large that people were growing weary waiting between rounds! But, all the waiting was worth it. Competition was tight and the drivers are showing their knowledge of running with a timing system has indeed grown. Reaction times have definitely shown a great improvement!

This was also the debut of a NEW member of the DRAG RACING PINAY team! Denise (my niece) Montecillo showed some of the guys what its like racing a LADY!!! You could hear it among the crowds, "it's a GIRL!". Yup, both ladies ran well. Unfortunately, she was eliminated by the fourth round. Not bad. Considering that this was only Denise's first event! Look out guys, there are more of them coming soon!

 

As far as improvements go, much props must go to Mr. Ace Vergel. He is beginning to come to grips with the awesome HP his Honda S2000 was generating! From a best of 13.8, he ended the day with a 13.416 ET! Supercharged and juiced, while running street tires (slicks would simply fry the clutch!), taming the 300+ horses isn't an easy job. By the looks of it, it won't be long before Ace shatters another personal record.

 

Redline Racing redeemed themselves (from a poor performance last event) by running the quickest ET of the day. An 11.660@118mph! A trio of Evolution Lancers stunned the competition by running in the deep end of the 12's and mid end of the 11's (silver Makinnen). Dondi's Evolution IV (white), still being broken in, also ran in the low 12's with his son, Marvin, in the pilot's seat (aka YABANG).

 

Unfortunately, not all was good for Redline Racing, as their silver Makinnen developed a knock in the engine at the end of the day. Oh well, back to the machine shop! (can you say crank walk?) Let's hope that this habit of parts breakage ends soon.

Here are the Results of the evening event:

Quick 8
1st Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing 11.660
2nd Marvin Montecillo Redline Racing 12.2

Pro Class A
1st Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing
2nd Marvin Montecillo Redline Racing

Pro Class B
1st Michael dela Cruz 14.211
2nd Ed Regodon 13.578

Pro Class C
1st Eric Asuque 15.958
2nd Madison Chan 15.715

Pro Class D
1st John Chua 16.109
2nd Jeffrey Cristobal 16.822

Fun Classes
All Honda
1st John Chua 16.217
2nd Ace Vergel 13.416

All Motor
1st Arnold Cortez 17.668
2nd Michael dela Cruz 14.163

All Mitsubishi
1st Alex Evangelista 15.274
2nd Jesus Miano 24.575

All Turbo
1st Alex Evengelista
2nd Ace Vergel

 

The day was long and so was the wait. But, every minute was worth it! If ProSpeed continues to improve their event procedures as they have, next year's championship will not only be larger in participation, but also more pleasant to attend. (please look in to unlimited time trials!!!)

Next ProSpeed event: October 6th, at the MHC

 
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