Not even the torrential rain can stop the fourth round of the FlatOut Race Series (FORS) from happening at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) last June 9, 2018. Well, at least for the most of it.
After dominating the time attack sessions in the first and second rounds of FORS, Rafael la ‘O is back on top. He was able to record a 2:16.762 lap time in the Staunch Performance Honda Civic EK. This was enough for la ‘O to win Bracket R.
But for Bracket A, however, it was the young ones who prevented la ‘O from completely dominating the race weekend. It was the teen Gabby Sohu of Team Nawna Racing who set a 2:21.310 lap time to claim first place in Bracket A.
Meanwhile, spectators were treated to an exciting five-lap shootout in the rain during the Staunch Performance Grid D and SmartFuels 2 Race Grid E race. The ice-like track surface brought by the heavy downpour saw some of the racers make unplanned trips off-course, while the bravery of others were rewarded with glory.
It was the likes of Paul Ongcuangco, Andre Makkina Tan, Erwin Manaog, and Franklin Ong who managed to tiptoe their way to finish the race. The gap between Ongcuangco and Tan was just 0.640 seconds to see the former take the win. Manaog, who skillfully defended his position, was at a distant third.
Grid E was a different story as Felix Chua had a massive 16.297 second lead to take first place. Mark Pascual and Amiel Del Mundo took second and third, respectively.
Sadly, this was all the action spectators and teams had as the rain got worse. With consensus from the drivers, officials deemed it too dangerous to drive and decided to postpone Petron Grid A, KYB Grid B, and Recaro Grid C to the next round.
The next round of the Petron FlatOut Race Series will be held at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) on July 14, 2018 for Round 5.
The 2018 Petron Flat Out Race Series (FORS) is sponsored by KYB – New SR Special, RECARO, SmartFuels, Staunch Performance x DynoJet, Carporn Racing, Hazardboy Performance, Seiken Japan, Tes Advertising, and Tuason Racing School. It's supported by 2ndGen Insurance, Aeromed, Driftmob, Pro Simulation Karera (PSK), and Walter Lights and Sounds.