Calma notches more wins at Vios Cup 2nd leg

Written by: The Manila Times
Photos by: Nazii Castro
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Andres Calma upped his number of wins to three in the centerpiece Super Sporting Class in the second round of the 2016 Vios Cup held at Filinvest, Alabang in Muntinlupa City on Sunday.

Calma, last year’s Sporting Class champion and son of local basketball legend Hector Calma, dominated the street racetrack during both races held over the weekend, adding to his previous victory from the first leg held at the Clark International Speeway, also in the Super Sporting Class.

During the first race in the class, Calma of GM Motorsports used a sneaky move from pole position in the starting grid to box out second-seeded Toyota Quezon Avenue’s Dominic Ochoa.

Ochoa, together with Estefano Rivera of Toyota Alabang, tried to overtake Calma midway through the race but Rivera crashed out of the race in the second lap with a blown tire.

On the other hand, Ochoa trailed Calma closely throughout the entire race but was unable to narrow the gap until the checkered flag was waved.

Calma capitalized on his 6.629-second second gap from his closest competitor in the second race to blaze to another top place finish, even with a 60-kilogram weigh penalty.

The reigning top champion of the Vios Cup ended the first race with a time of 15:44.005 (minutes) and the second race with 18:28.472. He also clocked in the best lap of 1:17.38 during the day.

Ochoa closed in on Calma in the second race in the Super Sporting class with just a 3.092-second disparity at 18:31.564.

Meanwhile, Toyota Cebu’s Sean Velasco topped the Sporting class with a first-place finish in the two races over the weekend.

It was an action-packed race as Velasco and Miko Mariestela of Toyota Quezon Avenue went head-to-head in the races in their class.

Former Celebrity Class driver Sam YG, who started at pole position in the first race of the Sporting Class, pushed hard to snatch spot in the podium but failed to finish both races because of problems to his car.

Velasco finished the last race in the Sporting class with a time of 16:26.190 while Mariestela and Senator JV Ejercito took second and third place, respectively.

Also, Toyota Alabang’s Aira Medrano and Marc Martinez of Marc Cars shared the top titles in the races in the Promotional Class while Jinno Rufino topped the Promotional/Celebrity class.