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Kagitingan Rally of Capas to be held on April 27

With 11 special stages spanning 50km

These are the 14 rally cars currently signed up. PHOTO FROM PHILIPPINE RALLYCROSS SERIES

As much as we love circuit racing, nothing compares to the thrill of rally. Back in the ’70s and the ’80s, it was the premier motorsport in the country. The lack of paved circuits didn’t stop Filipinos from racing their beloved automobiles. But the sport eventually died down due to lack of support.

The Philippine Rallycross Series (PHRX) and the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) hope to change that with the Kagitingan Rally of Capas. The event will be held across 11 special stages covering a total distance of 50km (130km including the transport stages).

A ceremonial flag-off was held on April 20 at Estancia in Capitol Commons, allowing mall visitors to get up close with the rally cars. The scrutineering was also held for the 14 vehicles currently registered to make sure they passed the AAP’s safety standards (especially for roll cages).

Safety is paramount in motorsports. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

The PHRX recognizes the significance of the backing of the AAP, which is affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the same organization that governs Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship.

Tasked with promoting local motorsports, the AAP’s three main concerns are safety, fairness, and affordability, so that the competition is healthy and sustainable.

The Kagitingan Rally of Capas will begin at 7am on April 27 at the Capas Municipal Hall in Tarlac. To learn more, you can visit the Facebook pages of Philippine Rallycross Series and AAP Motorsport.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.