Austria bags Sonny Gonzalez Cup in Total HAR

Davao City-Cagayan de Oro City’s Eugene Austria stole the limelight by winning the Sonny Gonzalez Cup on Sunday’s Total Quartz Hot August Races 1/8 Mile drag racing competition held at the Speed City grounds of the Davao Crocodile Park.

Austria outran Hennessy Celi of Team Classic Davao on an elapsed time of 9.280 seconds to crown himself as the new Sonny Gonzalez Cup champ, a trophy given to the Class B (8-9.99 seconds) in honor of the late drag patron and member of race presenter Davao Classic and Sports Car Club Incorporated.

His road to the finals included a victory over many-time Class B champion Jeric Al Layan of team J-Bugs clocked at 9.253 in the semifinals.

Joining Austria at the winner’s podium is Ivan Julian Mendez of K-Racing who bagged this year’s Class C (10 seconds and slower) title over surprise finalist Moy Sampulna when he timed at 10.365 seconds in the finals.

SONNY GONZALEZ CUP CHAMP Eugene Austria of Cagayan de Oro City on top of the winner’s podium followed by first runner-up Hennessy Cely of team Classic as joined by members of the Davao Classic and Sports Car Club and officials from Total Quartz. (Photo by Bing Gonzales)

SONNY GONZALEZ CUP CHAMP
Eugene Austria of Cagayan de Oro City on top of the winner’s podium followed by first runner-up Hennessy Cely of team Classic as joined by members of the Davao Classic and Sports Car Club and officials from Total Quartz. (Photo by Bing Gonzales)

The much-seeded Mendez drew a bye on his previous runs that included in the semifinal round while Sampulna needed to beat
Ronan Zabala of team Mashado in the semis for a finals ticket.

Joining them were Vanni Garcia of W-Autosports Racing (Class A champion), Fritz Pebenito of K-Racing (Class A first runner-up) and Gary Dumbrique of team Classic (Quick 8 champion).

Dumbrique also broke his Speed City track record when he timed at 6.133 seconds on top of his previous 6.345.

Davao Classic and Sports Car Club president Willie Torres along with officials from Total Quartz led by Jay Sanchez and Junnie Samsi of Mindanao Global Distributors Incorporated awarded the winners with their respective prizes after the race.

CLASS C CHAMP Ivan Julian Mendez of team K-Racing raises the Class C trophy as this year’s champion as joined by second placer Moy Sampulna and members of the Davao Classic and Car Club and officials from Total Quartz. (Photo by Bing Gonzales)

CLASS C CHAMP
Ivan Julian Mendez of team K-Racing raises the Class C trophy as this year’s champion as joined by second placer Moy Sampulna and members of the Davao Classic and Car Club and officials from Total Quartz. (Photo by Bing Gonzales)

The two-day race which is part of the 2018 Kadayawan sports festivities was presented by Total Quartz Engine Oil distributed
by Mindanao Global Distributors Inc., Pirelli Tires/Southgate Express Marketing, Ulticon Builders and AM/FM Productions.

Major sponsors saw Conch Cement, Davao Crocodile Park, Davies Paints, Jinyi Import Export Trading Corporation, Pertua

Marketing Corp., Sta. Lucia Realty, Tiresmart and Union Phil Cement. Minor backers are Alea Auto Parts Center, Barry Climaco,
Blue Post Boiling and Shrimps, CDR King, Charlene Apartments, Classic Audioworks, Coastland Construction and Development
Corporation, Crusam Construction and Supply, Cussina Elemento, DC Tech Micro Services Inc., DEC Petrorleum Hauler and Sales,
Delta Earth Moving, Energizer batteries, Eng Seng Food Products, Engr. Toy Abutazil, Ensport Motors Inc., ETG Sand and Gravel,
Everland Company Inc., Gerrick B. Gonzalez/Maxima Machineries, Hilton Motors, Holcim Philippines, IDV-R King, Image Cars Davao
Inc./Subaru, JPCG Tiresmart Concept Corporation, Konsturcktura Inc., LTO-XII, Matina Enclaves, Maxbuilt Contractors Corp.,
Megga Cement, Mindanao Trucking Corporation, NCL Food Industry, New Snow Pack, Norman Go, Power Up Tires Battery and Auto
Supply, Renante Gumalin Sand and Gravel, Sherg Janitorial Services, Six Three Even Pharma, Topshot Heavy Equipment and Vitalab
Redmark Corporation.

Patrons include Aaron, Apo Sento, Asian Rubber, Bend N Peel ADS, Century Chemical Corporation, Charter Ping An Insurance
Corporation, Doc Scooter, Frank Gentiles, Grandios Marketing, Honey Pa Gold and Gems, Jose Genesis Tubigon, Jotag Machine Shop, Kilovolt Inc., Kupler DCMC Phils. Corporation, LG Electronics, Library Journals Services Corporation, Liezl Lu, LV Ledesma Construction, Malayan Insurance, Mark Javing, Modern Teknika Corp., MSCP South Central Mindanao Chapter, Natures Spring Water, New Brighstone Hardware, PLY Marketing, Reliance Trans and Infotech Corp., RJ Homes, Rodrigo B. Jacinto, RTS Auto Supply, Tomas Electrical Supply Corp. and Werkgen while Benefactors include Anne Loren Bakeshop, Batoy Pang, BDO Gempesaw, Berol Motor Oil, Boss Barbershop, Brim Pharma, BS Safety Trade Corporation, Camel Appliances, CET Technology Services, City Llanes, Cyclerich, Davao Golden Hardware, Davao Golden Hardware/Eugene Go, Davao Joni Auto Supply Corporation, E-Light Electrical/Lighting Supplies, Eastwest Diversion, Electroyard IT Solutions and Digital Services, Engr. Leonardo Baculi Jr., Engr. Rodolfo Corporal, Fordtown Auto Supply, Franz Climaco, FSJ Trucking Services, GDY Airtech Enterprises, GDY Airtech Enterprises, Gilbert Conmprado, Henry Camingao, Jaime Mortillero, Lloyd Chua, MD Jeram Construction, MJAS Zenith Trading, Nationwide Hardware, Nedmar Auto Supply, Paramount Life and General Insurance Corporation, Precisionaire, Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Ralph Lim, Rowena Manapat, Rudy Villaruz, Shecel Enterprises, Simply Gray Productions, Standard Measuring Instrument Calibration Services, Stankyle Oh, Starex Motor Parts, Stronghold Insurance Company, Tool Werx Professional Enterprises, Trigal Woodcraft, Union Bank Monteverde, Weld Powertools Industrial, Zafire Distributor Inc., Zyther Pharma and Medical Supply, Malie Gumban, Goldstar, J. Bullecer Marketing, Kingstech Computer Sales and Services and Orde ni Misis Banay-Banay. Media partners are Radyo Ukay 819, Retro 95.5, the Racing Line and 92.3 Wild FM.

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