Joseph Rodriguez (third from right) currently leads the Maxxis NAsFOR 4x4 Cup Extreme Off-Road Challenge with five podium places.

Rodriguez leads Maxxis NAsFOR 4×4 series

The first half of the Maxxis NAsFOR 4×4 Cup Extreme Off-Road Challenge came to a close with Joseph Rodriguez of 4Wheelers Davao notching five podium places, four of which are championships. He is followed by Jherico Lara of the Aurora Racing Team with three podium places and fellow 4Wheelers Davao member Cesar Daquil, who won three as well.

Rodriguez, who started his off-roading career five years ago, is considered the toughest competitor in this year’s challenge. His club 4Wheelers Davao was a mainstay on the podium during the second quarter due of his and Daquil’s stellar performance, taking the top spot in the sixth and fifth legs, respectively. 

“We in the Maxxis Tires team are thrilled to know that we were able to help these athletes achieve their winning stories through our high-quality off-roading tires, which we are sure were of huge help in conquering the challenging obstacle courses in each leg. We join the entire Philippine off-roading community in cheering for these fueled athletes as we see more hills and puddles down the second half of the challenge,” shared Rose Ann Garin, Maxxis Tires marketing manager. 

Off-roading household name Noel Bartolome Jr. of the Landcruiser Club Philippines, who placed second in the fifth leg and third in the seventh leg, is gaining momentum in the challenge with two podium places. Also with two podium places are Euane Evangelista of Digos 4Wheelers, Derrick Gahite of Manila East Offroaders, and Edison Dungca of Kapampangan Racing Team. 

Maxxis NAsFOR 4×4 Cup Extreme Off-Road Challenge started the second half of the year with its ninth leg last July 6 and 7 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, with Joseph Rodriguez once again besting his competitors.  

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