I was counting on beginner's luck to at least put me at par with the veteran racers but Lady Luck probably thought I didn't need it.
After all my driving skills have never been considered poor by veteran male and female drivers who have had the chance to ride with me.
At last Saturday's opening of the 2006 Honda Media Challenge, however, I felt like the worst driver in a bunch of veterans and rookies alike. No, it's not just my imagination. I've got my own ranking to prove it --I recorded the worst time of the day at least for the first heat or round. It took me 1:26:72 to negotiate the 1.2-kilometer Carmona racing circuit. That's about as good as eternity if you ask ace driver Jess Reyes of Philippine Star who recorded the best time of the day with 1:00:48.
I would later learn, however, that the media challenge is as much about winning as it is about enjoying. I never made it past second to the last place in the rookie group of 15 drivers (three were disqualified for various reasons) but I certainly enjoyed the event as everyone did.