Now on its 2nd year, the Philippine Overland Expedition (PHL-OX) 2024 is guaranteed to take extreme 4×4 racing and overlanding to the next level, with the introduction of more challenging obstacles, and a new competition category.
Happening on February 18 to 25, 2024 in General Nakar, Quezon, the Petron Philippine Overland Expedition will now include a technical multi-stage segment designed to challenge each competitors’ driving and survival skills, resilience, and camaraderie.
Aside from the competition, PHL-OX will also have an overland jamboree from February 21 to 24 that will gather hundreds of campers, adventure enthusiasts, and manufacturers.
Participants may opt to join the Team Competition as a group comprised of three (3) rigs with six (6) competitors, or compete as an individual rig in the Open Class Category. The Open Class Category is a new segment that has been included to accommodate extreme 4×4 racers, a community which has grown dramatically these past years. This category will have individual rig entries with only one driver, and assisted by his/her co-driver. Special emphasis will be given to driver safety in addition to vehicle set up and capabilities, with rig specifications used in international 4×4 competitions to be followed.
For the Team Competition, similar to 2022 participating vehicles must retain at least 80% of their original body and chassis structure. Vehicle must also have full recovery and river crossing capacity; hence winch and snorkels are required. Each team must also be self-reliant, bringing with them provisions such as food, water, power source as well as critical vehicle spare parts and supplies.
For PHL-OX 2024, the event will officially flag off from the General Nakar Municipal Hall in Quezon province, with each competitor team and open category racer tasked to complete multiple timed stages (TS), enroute to the final challenge in Umiray.
Timed stages are natural tracks designed to test each competitor’s offroad driving, navigation, and recovery skills.
The team with the fastest time to complete each TS will receive maximum points. Penalty points will be deducted should a competitor fail to adhere to certain safety guidelines such as not wearing of seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion and not using gloves when winching.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Similar to PHL-OX 2022, there will be a prize pot of P1,000,000 with the champion team taking home P500,000. The 2nd and 3rd placers will receive P200,000 and P100,000 respectively. The winner of the Open Class Category on the other hand will receive P200,000.
PHL-OX 2024 is co-organized by MOTOTESTO OVERLAND EQUIPMENT PHILIPPINES and ALL TRACTION PERFORMANCE, and is made possible with the support of PETRON CORPORATION, and MOTOLITE.