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January 16, 2024

Petron Philippine Overland Expedition Is Back This 2024

The Petron Philippine Overland Expedition (PHL-OX) 2024 is back and guarantees to take extreme 4x4 racing and overlanding to the next level. Now on its second year, the PHL-OX 2024 introduces more challenging obstacles, the inclusion of international-spec 4x4 rigs, and the opportunity for non-competitors to experience General Nakar in Quezon like never before.

Home not only to some of the most challenging terrains in the country, General Nakar is known for its unpredictable weather that can render the jungle trail unpassable in the blink of the eye. An adventure through its jungles is not for the weak-hearted, but for the resilient and adventurous who will never give up until they cross the finish line.

The PHL-OX 2024 is happening this February 19 to 25 in General Nakar, Quezon and Dingalan, Aurora. It will include technical multi-stage segments designed to challenge driving and survival skills as well as an expedition that will give camper participants the chance to traverse the very same jungle trail that the competition convoy will take to Dingalan, Aurora.

Interested? Register here.

Participants may opt to join the Team Competition as a group comprised of three rigs with six competitors. But unlike in the maiden edition where competitor teams were required to use production vehicles with slight modifications, competitors can now include prototype and modified rigs provided a team has a minimum of one production vehicle and a maximum of one prototype vehicle.

Prototype rigs are heavily modified race rigs built to compete in highly technical 4x4 competitions. There are no restrictions in terms of the engine type and body structure for these types of vehicles, provided they adhere with the safety guidelines of the competition. Windshield, firewall, and functioning electrical systems are musts. Modified rigs on the other hand are production units that have been customized in terms of body size and engine type while retaining the production look of the vehicle.

With regards to the Prototype and Modified category vehicles, special emphasis will be given to driver safety in addition to vehicle set up and capabilities, with rig specifications used in international 4x4 competitions to be followed.

For the Team Competition, similar to the first PHL-OX, participating vehicles must have full recovery and river crossing capacity; hence winch and snorkels are required. Each team must also be self-reliant, bringing with them provisions such as food, water, power source, as well as critical vehicle spare parts and supplies.

This year, the PHL-OX 2024 will officially flag off from the General Nakar Municipal Hall in Quezon province, with each competitor team tasked to complete multiple timed stages (TS), enroute to the final challenge in Dingalan, Aurora.

Timed stages are man-made and natural tracks designed to test each competitor’s off-road driving, navigation, and recovery skills.

The team with the fastest time to complete each TS will receive maximum points. Penalty points will be deducted should a competitor fail to adhere to certain safety guidelines such as not wearing of seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion, and not using gloves when winching.

There will be a prize pot of P 1,000,000 with the champion team taking home P 500,000. The 2nd and 3rd placers will receive P 200,000 and P 100,000 respectively. Special Awards will also be given to select Competitor Teams and individual competitors for performance-related achievements during the competition.

For camper participants of the PH Overland Expo, which takes place from February 21 to 25, they have the option to elevate their PHLOX experience by joining as a full-time camper / spectator, tagging along with the competition convoy from Campsite 1 in Masanga Point all the way to Campsite 2 in Dingalan, Aurora.

Full-time campers may opt to take NLEX to Dingalan, or via Machine Gun Hill trail to Umiray, General Nakar, the same route that will be taken by competitor teams. Those who wish to join the competition convoy will be required to submit their vehicle for inspection on February 20.

Campers also have the option to join the event as camper / spectator in either the Masanga Point or Dingalan campsite only.

Visit this website to register.

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