Team Underdogs leads Army Navy Club200 Endurance Race champions

Participants of the first ever Le Mans style Endurance Race at the Clark Speedway Racetrack are shown here.

Teams Underdogs, KARAT, Desert X, Gucci Gang and Hyper Boys made history as they emerged the first champions of the 2023 Army Navy Club200 Endurance Race on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Clark International Speedway.

The Underdogs, composed of riders Christopher Guzman, Paolo Aguilar, Alvin Almendras won the premier Adventure 19 Class, with a best time of 2:16.186 in the novel, first-of-its-kind motorsports spectacle featuring two-three rider teams sharing just one transponder for the entire run of approximately 200 kilometers, with each participant riding at least 50 laps.

They were followed by the Triumph Adventure Team and Boss Team A.

“It was en exhilarating experience to all participants, an entire day of thrilling action at the speedway. Everyone had a blast,” said Red Romero, past president and one of the founding members of the organizing Club200.

Meanwhile, Team KARAT, which was comprised of riders Jan Timbol, Gico Tobias and Jomel Policarpio, ruled the Adventure 17 category, with a best time of 2:06.922 in the motorsports extravaganza presented by Army Navy, BMW Motorrad Ducati, KTM BGC, Pirelli, Angkas, Evo Helmets, APRILIA, Juan Life, Hotel 101, Clutch Moto and Merry Mart, and powered by Wheeltek, Triumph, Harley Davidson of Manila and Motoworld, with Manila Bulletin and C! Magazine as media partners.

Second placer in the Adventure 17 was Rosario Bikes Racing Team.

The Adventure 21 class had Desert X, composed of riders Jade Tan, Joey Almeda and Ryan Benton, ruling the competiton with a best time of 2:20.338, with KTM PH Team 2 and KTM PH Team 1, placing runner-up and third, respectively.

With riders Jan Timbol, Christopher Guzman and Justin Guce leading the way, the Gucci Gang topped the Sportsbike Division with a best time of 2:00.233. The Kawasaki IGM Racing Team placed second, followed by Wheeltek QTS Racing Team.

The Sport Naked Class, on the other hand, was conquered by Team Hyper Boys Jade Tan, Clyde Relativo and Jomel Policarpio, with a best time of 2:02.078, with Team GP Boys and the Rosario Bikes Racing Team, emerging as runner-up and third placer, respectively.

Champions in all the categories received a cash prize of P60,000, with the 2nd and 3rd placers, getting P30,000 and P15,000, respectively. The trip to Europe prize, courtesy of Clutch Moto, however, went to the Team Underdogs for ruling the premier category of the endurance race, the Adventure 19.

“Last year, the Endurance Race was just an idea. After more than a year later, it is now a reality which we at Club200 are extremely proud of as we look forward to a bigger, better staging in the years to come,” said Romero.

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