Text and photo by Dino Ray V. Directo III
In an effort to prove the reliability and dependability of its shock absorbers, Massive Autoparts, the country’s pioneering company in suspension and automotive parts recently staged a special leg of the Philippine Rallycross Series.
Held recently at the open parking grounds of the Clark International Speedway, the country’s best drivers went all out and hit the dirt hard as they battled for precious points leading up to the penultimate round in Clark. Dust clouds formed around the venue as veteran rallye drivers Jun Magno, Mon Dimapilis and David Feliciano, among others, drove out fast and took the corners with reckless abandon as each of the competitors slugged it out for the championship and the title of being the fastest dirt master of them all.
In the end, talent eventually gave way to who had the best suspension set-up. The KYB Rallycross event in Clark will eventually become part of the 2018 Series according to Olson Camacho, veteran driver and founder of the rallycross series. A highlight to the Clark Rallycross leg was the “KYB Time Attack”, which was clinched by veteran racer Mon Dimapilis.
“KYB is proud to be a part of this Series, We are already excited for next year,” says Gen Leong of Massive Auto Parts. Plans are also in the pipeline to stage some of the races at the Lubao Motorsports Park. “Some of the legs will be held in Lubao, Pampanga as part of the local government’s tourism efforts,” adds Quesada.
Best of the best in rallycross
David Feliciano of Team KYB/Motul won the overall championship, by sweeping the Open Class, and Group Three Categories. His car, a Toyota Corolla AE111, is equipped with KYB’s New Special XR shock absorbers.
The New SR Special is a premium direct replacement shock absorber that’s designed with greater durability ensuring the quality, structural reliability and safety of a genuine KYB shock absorber. With years of experience in manufacturing shock absorbers, KYB engineers obtained the most optimal damping characteristics through constant research and development, plus actual suspension tuning. This allows the New SR Special to enhance the basic performance of any car.
“The KYB NEW SR is for those who would like to upgrade their daily drive. This works well with those who like to do long distance driving (like a sports car) on weekends and yet able to drive around in traffic and uneven roads comfortably on a daily basis. The New SR Special offers a comfortable ride, stability, better handling and cornering plus reduced braking distance,” adds Leong.