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The Philippines 4x4 off-road racing scene was given a big boost on 30 April by the hosting of the first-ever Rainforest Challenge (RFC) Prologue Special Stages (SS) by Pampanga Off-Roaders Club Inc (PORCI) and its sponsor, Land Rover of Philippines. Held at SM City, a prominent shopping mall, Pampanga Grounds in the City of San Fernando in Central Luzon, it was the hottest race ever for man and machine.
In the sweltering heat, more than 30 participating teams to face their hour of truth. These included from its own province, that is PORCI itself and Angeles City FourWheelDrive Club Inc as well as the best teams from Bicol, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Cavite provinces and representatives from Metro Manila too. It was a 4x4 historic test in the making in which the participants passed the tests with flying colours.
Filipinos can and should compete in motorsports events such as this type as we have the skills and endurance power. This type of sports tourism event is also good for our region and country as it can bring in both the higher-end international and domestic adventure and sports tourists here, remarked Rene Romero, PORCI Chairman. Apart from local and overseas publicity, it will also help to generate tourism receipts from enthusiasts from motoring, outdoor, lifestyle, adventure and 4x4 sports, he added with a smile. Rene should know very well after all, he is the Vice Chairman of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Chairman of Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL). He also runs his own Romac group of companies.
The RFC is considered the Formula One of off-road racing, the pinnacle of 4x4 adventure sports and Team Land Rover Philippines has been participating in the RFC for several years now, winning the Overall Champion in the Electric Winch Category just last year. We strongly believe that among motorsports, off-roading is where the Filipino can dominate, added Marc Soong, LRPhils executive director. Team Land Rover Philippines, as sponsors, rightly did not participate in this particular event, their crew became part of the organizing team. It also gave the others more chances