Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rallying is Coming Back


Rally driving is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of the men behind the Philippine Rallycross Series or PHRX.

While rallying used to be a popular form of racing, its popularity waned 15 years ago as motorsport enthusiasts preferred circuit racing, drag racing, and drifting. Today, thanks to an unwavering love for the sport, veteran rally driver Olson Camacho and TV producer Ronnie Trinidad started the Philippine Rallycross Series (PHRX).

The initial race in 2015 saw 10 rally veterans join the event and since then, the rallycross series has been a regular and calendared motorsport event sanctioned by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP).

Now on its fourth year, Eggay Quesada has joined the PHRX as director to help the sport grow even bigger. This year, there are over 50 drivers regularly contesting for different categories in the 12-Round national series. It’s even held in different venues including sites in Pampanga and Cavite.


Hoping to increase its awareness even more, PHRX has come up with the Rally Driving Immersion Project or RDIP. Partnering with veteran motoring journalist Anjo Perez, they’re now offering an experiential ride and drive event for those covering the motorsport events.

“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 form of excitement a rally driver experiences during the event.

Done in partnership with Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Black Rhino Wheels, Nitto Tires, PIAA, Blaupunkt, SONAX, CTEK, Wuerth Philippines, and Ichiro Motor Oils, an Isuzu D-Max has been commissioned to participate in the remaining legs of the PHRX, with different motoring media drivers as participants at every leg.

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