Mixed Rally: Puerto Princesa's weekend Offroad Challenge

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, March 9 (PNA)--The tough Puerto Princesa City’s Balayong Festival Offroad Challenge gets even tougher this weekend, March 11 to 13, when it hosts the first ever mixed rally race in the country.

With a very rugged and tiring schedule of 4x4 technical races from on Saturday night Friday to Saturday, including for the Top 15 Shootout, the biggest field ever seen here will also compete in a “Dakar type” of rally on Sunday with enduro bikes and buggies joining the fray.

“This is the hardest race schedule that we have done for the Balayong Festival Offroad Challenge,” said MP Turbo organizer Mike Potenciano.

“We will see the best offroader when they tackle the natural, slick terrain of the Puerto Princesa 4x4 track for two days and then battle it out on rally stages the next. That’s a very tough challenge that will definitely show who’s the best out there.”

The fifth staging of this all-in-one offroad challenge was made possible by the city of Puerto Princesa, headed by Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn, Oplan Linis Mrs. Ellen Hagedorn, City Administrator Atty Augustin Rocamora, City Sports director Tony Reyes and the Kilos Agad Action Center. The Official sponsors of the event is Toyota, Microtel Puerto Princesa, Emerald Playa Nature Park, Mossimo, Vans, Oakley, Kia, Auto Transporter, Strumm’s and 106.7 Dream FM. Media partners are Turbo Time radio show and Speed TV.

This year’s list of hopefuls include last year’s champion and Pueto Princesa’s own Andrew Russell, 2006 MP Turbo’s Speedfest Champion Joey Millionado, last year’s runner-up Paolo Sanchez, Cebu’s Resty Sambilad, RFC competitors Atoy Jamila and Dennis Javier, Marikina’s hot shot Tibor Andres and Cagayan de Oro’s Jong Balbon.

The race also encourages new drivers in its Novice class, the Max 33 (maximum 33 inch tire height size) class sponsored by Goodyear, and the Mossimo’s Ladies Class, where Jam Millionado, the daughter of Joey, is the darling of the crowd.

The event boasts of the biggest 4x4 grid so far in its history with 22 cars, 31 drivers and since multiple driver entries are allowed, more than 60 entries are expected.

The event was also responsible for putting the Mountain Bike races and Moto Time Trials as the support races, therefore getting more than 150 cyclists and 65 riders competing all together.

More than P250,000 cash prizes are up for grabs including a lot of prizes also coming from the major sponsors like Rota Wheels, My Phone, Bioaktive, Ziebart, Seaoil, and Discovery Suites with cameras provided by JVC.

For the latest info, follow the event in the Balayong Festival Offroad Challenge’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. (PNA)
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