Jherico Lara, the 2018 Driver of the Year from Aurora Racing Team, took home his second Maxxis 4×4 Cup trophy by winning the seventh round of the series held on May 18 to 19 in Barangay Anglas, Cavinti, Laguna.
After finishing seventh in the previous leg in Jones, Isabela, Lara came back with a vengeance by winning one of the most difficult races of the series that saw no one finish Track A the previous day.
By logging in a combined time of 1:03:12.87 (hours) for tracks A, B and C, Lara became one of the few that finished the notorious Track B and one of only five racers that took part in the final run on Sunday.
Edison “Tonton” Dungca of the Kapampangan Racing Team took a hard- earned second place with a combined time of 01:07:13.57. Dungca relied on his racing experience to finish the course that everyone else wanted to forget.
Noel Bartolome Jr. of Land Cruiser Club of the Philippines took third spot with a combined time of 01:08:04.53. Christian John Doyon of Ormoc 4Wheelers finished fourth with a combined time of 01:29:53.78 and Euane Evangelista of Digos 4Wheelers rounded off the top five with a combined time of 01:31:29.75.
Despite suffering setbacks in tracks A and B of the Cavinti leg, Joseph Rodriguez of 4Wheelers Davao still leads the Driver of the Year standings with 410 points, followed by Dungca with 348 points. In third place is Derrick Gahite of Manila East Offroaders with 318 points, followed by Lara in fourth with 301 points and Evangelista in fifth with 240 points.
The Maxxis 4×4 Cup 2019 7th Leg was organized by Manila East Offroaders and presented by Maxxis Tires Philippines in cooperation with the National Association of Filipino Off-roaders.
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