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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Del Rosario sinks rivals in Subic jet ski GP

SUBIC BAY—Paul Del Rosario copped two titles and easily emerged as the biggest winner in the first-ever SBMA Jet Ski Grand Prix recently at the Waterfront Beach of the Subic Bay Freeport here.

A winner of the rider of the year award three times, Del Rosario showed no ill effects of a long layoff as he bagged the Expert Runabout 1200 Open Unlimited and the Open Ski titles.

Del Rosario thumped John Dee in the Open Expert class before encountering problems from female ace Jam Mangio in his pet Runabout 1200 Open class.

Both actually ended up tied with 47 points after Mangio claimed the penultimate race, becoming, in effect, the first-ever woman to win a race in the centerpiece division.

But Del Rosario claimed the title just the same after turning back Mangio in the final race to win the tiebreak, even as BJ Ang also wound up victorious with a big victory in the Expert Runabout Stock.

Ang, who shared the rider of the year award with Del Rosario two years ago, beat Robbie David and Carlo Garcia.

Mangio, meanwhile, bounced back from that defeat by easily ruling the women’s Runabout with a sweep of Abby Reyes and neophyte Valerie Silva.

Excel Torres, a veteran rider who is also the mayor of Tigbauan town in Iloilo province, flashed vintage form and won over Amiel Romero in the Expert 800 stock.

Winning the other titles in the event organized by the Jet Sports Association of the Philippines (JSAP) were Austrian rider Helbert Mair, Meynard Ko, Romeo Macapinlac and Robby David.

Both Mair and Ko copped victories at the expense of champion rider Butch Casido in the Open Novice.

Ko also benefited from another Casido misfortune, winning the Novice 4-stroke after the steering cable of Casido’s ski snapped in the late stages of the race.

The event was made possible through the support of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Administrator Armand Arreza and Deputy Administrator for Tourism Raul F. Marcelo. It was sponsored by SBMA, Courtyard Inn, Gerry’s Grill, Networx Auto Detailing, Intermatrix Inc., Joey4xForce and Networx Jetsports. Steve Silva, contributor - Philippine Daily Inquirer

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