Veteran jet-skier Christopher “Bong” Go pulled off the biggest and dramatic victory as Bobby Galvez ruled the center-piece open category at the close of the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-Ski Racing Competition on Sunday at the Sunset Beach in Samal.
Battling underdog by using much-lower horsepower ski and a hurting back injury, Go finished at the top of 4-Stroke 300hp stock category to run away with the championship in one of the most-coveted and hardly-contested class in the race.
Go, who maneuvered a Yamaha 260hp FZS SVHO with a maximum hp of 252 owned by Johnny Ng, took his seven youthful and seasoned rivals from Ormoc and Gen. Santos cities by surprise.
South Side Performance skipper Marchael Vient Buhisan, who reportedly used the ski he reportedly bought from national champion Paul del Rosario, settled for second place. Marcos Larrazabal of MPL Racing of Ormoc City placed third in the field.
The executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was suffering a painful back muscle strain entering the second day that needs him to take pain reliever and muscle relaxant, glided the waves and slithered the challenging curbs to win on a sizzling fashion.
Most of his opponents rode a 300hp ski that includes early favorites Joseph Allan del Socorro of MPL and CD Daquil of South Side who placed below far.
Adding up to Go’s belt was the third place finish in the 4-stroke 260hp category which topped by Del Socorro. Buhisan placed second.
Sharing the spotlight was Bobby Galvez of SJSA-Gen. San who topped the Stage 4 Open class, a no limit horsepower category where most of the ski’s were modified.
Larrazabal placed second as Buhisan took his second third place finish in the two-day event which needed to hold the race under the scorching morning sun due to afternoon low tide.
Daquil, on the other hand, took his championship by topping the Slalom Race followed by Yanick Elnar of South Side and Galvez.
Ng, a standout of JSAD, participated in the slalom race in the first day but suffered a foot injury that prompted him to skip the other events.
Renette Militante of Stingray Davao won the All Ladies Class with Sky Diola of South Side and Trisha Mae Babila of JSAD settling for second and third place.
JSAD commissioned the Racing Line to manage the two-day race which came to a close without a glitch in all aspects, especially on the technical matter.
In general, the race was conducted successfully, affirming the Racing Line’s area of expertise in the field of race organizing. (Rico Biliran)