FIVE-YEAR-OLD Inigo Anton topped the eight and below age group JTC class, while Gab Sohu and Gab Aoyong also won in their respective classes in the Boom (Bayuga) and Slime (Mendoza) Memorial Remote Control Races held at the Richwood Basketball court recently.
Anton won the eight and below age group JTC class after bucking a bad first heat which saw him crashing his car and lose a drive shaft in one of his wheels. Franco Aoyong eventually won the first heat.
Inigo is the son of racing ace Carlos.
The first heat was won by Aoyong who later also crashed in heat 3 ending his chances of an overall win. Anton won over Zoe Lim and Chini Domingo, who both consistently drove well avoiding trouble all day, leaving the 7 other competitors in their class.
The Touring Car Class for ages 13 and below was an explosive event seeing the two Gabs (Aoyong and Sohu) battling it out for supremacy coming within a tenth of a lap in the end with Sohu coming out on top.
It was Sohu's first win in the class, which was dominated last December by Gab Aoyong. The story, however, for the Mini Class was all a Gab Aoyong show. He showed the seven other racers how it was done lapping the field in each of the three heats. Second place went to Paolo de la Pena and third to Franko Aoyong.
The race was held in memory of Boom Bayuga and Slime Mendoza who were both avid remote control racers before their untimely deaths. Boom was 14-year-old when he passed away a few years ago, and Slime died just last December at 42 due to illness.
Remote control racing's return to Baguio City hopes to keep children away from drugs and other vices by giving children a hobby, which builds camaraderie and character at the same time.
For more info get in touch with Caloy Calica at cell no. 0921.476.2060 or 0917.822.4217 or visit the RC Shack, located at second floor Auto Shack Building Furguson Road.
The next race is scheduled for January 24 at the same venue. (Roderick Osis)