The intermittent weather during the weekend failed to whet the eagerness of the drivers of Cleanfuel-Motul Racing Team. This after Japanese ace driver Ryo Yamada and Dominic Roque bagged their respective trophies at the second round of 2019 Formula V1 Challenge. Pro Class driver Yamada—a constant podium finisher—took second in the division, split second distance from Stefan Ramirez.
During Race 4, Yamada came out the champion in his class with a commanding eight second difference over Estefano Rivera on second. The next day, Yamada won second place with a best time of 2:11.121, trailing by a fraction of a second behind Rivera for Race 5. In the dramatic Race 6, Yamada claimed second with his best lap time of 2:11.674, getting some wheel-to-wheel action while dicing with Estafano Rivera, and with Stefan Ramirez not far behind.
Meanwhile, after failing to finish the qualifying time trial, Dominic Roque, who celebrated his birthday at the tracks, earned his first podium finish for the series. After racing 12 laps in the Amateur Class, Roque finished strong and won third place with total time of 27:33.307, after qualifying 13th in the grid. He was behind 16-year old Alex Brown and Red Diwa, who finished first and second place, respectively.
“When the track dried up after the rains, I took the advantage. But when I tried to overtake Red (Diwa), I spun out of control,” Roque said. During the drama-filled Race 6, Dominic improved his previous post, taking the second place spot with total time of 29:03.881, passing Shane Henderson and trailing Brown.
Cleanfuel-Motul Racing Team manager Marco Atienza said that they are happy with the results. “But our resilience towards gaining more wins will continue—rain or shine. These outputs by our drivers conveys the quality we put in to our products”, he said. The third round of the Formula V1 races will be held on October 19 to 20, 2019 at Clark International Speedway in Pampanga while the last leg—which is the four-hour endurance run—will be on November 16.