MILO Rivera of Tough Gear Racing-Casino Alcohol Active once again captured the overall and production series best time of the day in the recent 12th and final leg of the 2015 RACE Motorsports Club National Slalom Series at Robinsons Starmills San Fernando, Pampanga.
Rivera, backed by Casino Alcohol Active, steered his Toyota Starlet, prepared by former race car driver and renowned tuner Fil Gulfin, to a winning time of 46.34 seconds.
Coming in second to make it a 1-2 finish for the Riveras was Vios Cup star and Milo’s younger brother, Estefano, who finished with a time of 46.56 seconds.
Veteran Dr. Peewee Mendiola of Big Chill Racing Team bagged third with a time of 47.20.
The drivers had to deal with a challenging, technical track in which tight corners and short bursts paved the way for a showdown between the two Riveras.
The brothers swapped one fastest time after another until the season leader Milo was able to pull off an exemplary move in the last few runs to eventually secure another victory, giving him his 10th win out of the 12-race season and officially securing his second straight National Slalom crown.
Besides Milo’s back-to-back overall crown, the season was made even sweeter after the brothers were able to pull off a 1-2 overall championship finish.
It was a first time in Philippine motorsports history that a premier national championship was finished with siblings covering the Top 2 overall spots.
The National Slalom title actually capped a scintillating season for Milo Rivera.
He was the first and only Filipino to have been named as a Young Driver Ambassador for Motorsports and Road Safety to the Federation Internationale del’Automobile after becoming the Philippine Representative to the 2013 and 2014 editions of the FIA Young Drivers Excellence Academy -- Asia Pacific (Australia and China, respectively).
As a result of his FIA feats, Rivera was also certified as a Driver Instructor in the 2015 AAP-FIA Motorsport Development Program, aside from being the 2015 Golden Wheel Awards and the Automobile Association Philippines “Slalom Driver of the Year.”
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