Radical Cars Philippines, in partnership with SEAOIL Philippines Inc., kickstarted the 2022 SEAOIL Radical Challenge last August 27 in Clark, Pampanga.
It’s the first and only local race series featuring an all-Radical grid, making it the fastest race series in the country.
SEAOIL Extreme 97 Octane is the official fuel. Motul Philippines, a co-presenter of the race series, provides the whole grid with its 300V Performance Oil.
The driver lineup features many familiar faces such as Iñigo Anton (Motul PartsPro); Stefan Ramirez (EnSport); Jason Choachuy, Gibson Yu, and JV Colayco (TrackHos); Brian Poe (Illa Racing PartsPro); and Mark Bumgarner (OTR Motorsport).
The race weekend started early on August 27 with a driver briefing by race director Marlon Stockinger, followed by a full day of five practice sessions. Qualifying took place as the last session for the day. It was a race against the weather as a light rain began to dampen the track at the start. Despite the sudden change in conditions, Anton put out a dominant performance to secure pole position, followed closely by Bumgarner in P2 and Ramirez in P3.
Sunday’s races saw another dominant performance by Anton, the young driver winning all three races in his Motul SR1, securing the top spot in the driver standings.
Not far behind were Ramirez and Bumgarner in a heated battle for P2 in the standings with the former getting the upper hand in Race 1 and 2. Bumgarner remained consistent throughout all three races by securing three consecutive podium finishes in P3 with his SEAOIL livery SR1.
Jason Choachuy surprised everyone during Race 3 by starting in P4 and finishing in P2 in the only SR3 on the grid, securing big points for his team.
Brian Poe started at the back of the grid after not being able to participate in qualifying but was very much still in the fight after close battles with JV Colayco in Race 1 and Gibson Yu in Race 2.
The second round of the 2022 SEAOIL Radical Challenge will happen at the Batangas Racing Circuit on September 23 to 25.