This is my third time running this event and also third time lucky to be joining unexpectedly at the last minute. Did I also mention it was my third time to be with another team for my third year, and a third time to be doing a different role in the car. At least I was finally behind the driver’s seat where I belong, and I had been finally grouped with my long time navigator in speed rallies, Art, and our clerk-of-the-course during speed rally events, Francisco.
So we started out with a meeting with other members of our four-car, Team Hyundai over at their “headquarters” as that would sound way cooler than just saying office. You could say we were really confident that we would be a team to watch out for. LOL.
Photo from Rich Manalad
We were told that we were going to use the new Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDi with automatic transmission. Real pretty.
So we started at parc-ferme with the team. Art, Francisco, and I were car number 32.
We were flagged off in front of SM Wind residences. We were in fact the first car to do the beta stages (the 2nd part route of stages of the whole rally).
Photo from AutoIndustriya.com
I was obviously happy with were I sat in the car, the driver’s seat.
And I could admire the machinery that I had in front of me.
While the other members of car #32 were busy studying the route and computing for time.
So to make the whole rally look far more interesting. The point of the rally was to compute for exact times we had to be on hiding checkpoints, and trying to be there on-time. All that plus managing a giant Hyundai egg inside our Accent.
You could see how intensely focused we were on doing everything properly and trying not to place a crack on the egg.
Okay, so the egg hatched eventually, and I just really wanted to show everyone it was actually a cooler for our drinks.
So moving on, we did manage to end the first round of this year’s Auto Rally Corporate Challenge with several awards.
- A stage win on the Alpha stage leg 5
- Over-all leg winner for the Alpha Leg
And if I let you guess what rank we ended as an individual car team, you most likely to guess it right with our rule of thirds. Yup, third!
That means, second runner-up on the Individual Team award…
- and 4th over-all for the four car team of Team Hyundai.
So now we are hoping for November to come soon for the second leg in Subic. We managed to get a good result here in the Tagaytay leg and now we are hoping for another good result and maybe an over-all win! Go Hyundai! #Sagad