Top karters gear up for title showdown
MANILA, Philippines - The country’s leading karters go at it one last time as they slug it out in the championship round of the 2012 Coca-Cola KF2-KF3 Cup series this Sunday at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
Fern-C Racing brothers Milo and Estefano Rivera, both students of Don Bosco-Makati, seek victories that will seal their title-clinching feats in Rounds 7 and 8 of the event sanctioned by the Automobile Association Philippines.
Milo Rivera, shooting for his first ever KF2 crown, has assembled 185 points from two runner-up finishes in the last leg. He needs only a third place finish to capture the premiere title.
But he faces a tough challenge from CJ Tsui and Bobby Domingo of Formula E-Industria Racing and VJ Suba of Eagle Cement.
Tsui, who turned in impressive performances in the two Asian karting races, is in second overall with 122 points and could still pull off the upset with a sweep of all the races.
Domingo, in third overall with 87 points, is also going all out to foil the older Rivera, while Suba, last year’s overall runner-up, is eyeing a repeat of his victory over Rivera in the last leg to boost his title bid.
Others vying in the event, sponsored by Coca-Cola, Yokohama the official tires, Sparco, Motorstar and Aeromed, are Matthew Chan of Fern-C Racing, Sacha Feliciano of Marcelo Racing, Archim Lagman and Cebuano Tonyo Carcel.
Estefano Rivera, on the other hand, must sweep all the races to bag the KF3 plum and firm up his chances for the Karter of the Year award.
He expects a tough showdown with defending KF3 champion Jette Calderon of Red Bull Supreme-Industria Racing with just 10 points separating them, 186-176.
Daniel Miranda of Cebuana Lhuillier, fresh from his victory in the last Coca-Cola Super Karting race, is third overall with 121 points while another Fern-C Racing bet Raymond Cudala and Vrei-AR Suba are in fourth and fifth overall with 80 and 49 points, respectively.
Completing the KF3 cast are Jaz Monzones of Natmo Asia-GP1 Racing, Wayne Darvin of One Racing and Cebuano Joseph Marwin Rojo of Industria Racing.