PORCI 2006: PORCI gears up for 3rd Pampanga Off Road Challenge.
The Pampanga Off Roaders Club Inc. of the Phillipines (PORCI) is gearing up one for the country's toughest 4x4 endurance race to be held on March 18 and 19 at Gugu creek in Bacolor - the 3rd Pampanga Off Road Challenge. Arturo "Katoy" Naguit, PORCI president, said yesterday that 38 teams from all over the country have signified their intentions of joining the two-day event, which is also part of the NAS4 regional leg.
Naguit said participating teams for the event are as follows: Land Rover, Suzuki, Delta Recon, Vitara, Land Cruiser, San Jose Del Monte, Baguio, AC4W, Dagupan, Bicol, Balayan, Tuguegarao Xtreme, Manila Xtream, San Idelfonso, Bulacan, Sta. Rosa, Antipolo, Taytay, Davao and others.
"This race is not like other race. This is a team race which needs the cooperation and effort of each member of the three-man team," Naguit said. A trophy and certificate await the first team to finish the race, Naguit said. "This will probably be one of the most difficult and grueling event that 4x4 racers will be experiencing. The track is difficult, because instead of mud it will be lahar that the teams will encounter," Naguit added.
Sponsors, Naguit said, include Goodyear, Total, Caltex, Red Bull, Pampanga's Best, St. Catherine Realty, King's Lumber, Gov. Mark T. Lapid, and Bacolor Mayor Buddy Dungca. Doret Tombo, PORCI race director, said that NAS4 rules and regulations will be applied, which include safety measures like four point seat belts, full face helmet and that vehicles must be road worthy. Tombo said engine displacement is open. Participants can race four or eight cyclinder engines, while tires can be 33 to 38 inches.
He said the team to finish first will receive P 60,000; P 30,000 for 2nd place; and P 15,000 for 3rd place. All will receive a trophy and 4x4 accessories. Past president Marni Castro, Rene Romero and chairman Levy P. Laus as well as other officers of PORCI are expected to grace the event.
2006/02/13 I 14:15 CET I Editor: sunstar Phillipines, Picture: pbase.com