Bianca Bustamante secures 9th on W Series debut at Miami

The W Series’ 2022 season officially got underway over the weekend with 18 cars lining up on the grid at the brand new Miami International Autodrome. One of those cars was the #9 entry of the W Series Academy driven by Bianca Bustamante from the Philippines, who went on to score championship points on her debut.

As a support race for the Formula 1 Miami GP, the girls had very limited track time and were only given a single practice session on Friday. To make matters worse, Bianca struggled to get a clean lap during Qualifying that left her disappointed with a best lap that was only good enough for P17.

With the nation’s pride on the line, she got off to a lightning quick start in Race 1 and got up to P13. She then stayed out of trouble in what was an action-packed 30 minute race to cross the line in a respectable P11. But post race penalties for the other drivers later bumped her up to 9th, earning the 17-year-old world championship points on her W Series debut.

Bianca again started from P17 in Race 2 and just like last time, passed a group of cars on the very first lap. With confidence gained from the previous race, she bravely fought for position and even set her fastest lap of the entire race weekend. Her charge through the field, however, was cut short after making contact with another competitor in the race’s closing stages. Despite a lock up that flat-spotted her tires, the young Filipina driver safely made it to the chequered flag in 14th.

It was a milestone weekend for Bianca, finishing ahead of her teammate Juju Noda in both races and scoring points on the very first round of the season. She now sits 12th in the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain for Round 2 on May 20/21.

Bianca Bustamante: “I felt more and more confident as the weekend went on and to have scored points in Race 1 was just amazing. There’s still a lot to work on and I am going to keep striving to fight at the top. I realized there is much more needed than just driving fast to win, and I’m looking forward to keep up the strong learning curve. The season is long and I am excited for Barcelona already. Miami was incredible, I can’t wait to be back here next year and thanks to all the fans that came out to support, it was so touching to see so many Filipino flags all around the circuit!”

[Photos courtesy of W Series]

An eSports team is racing awareness for the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines

What does a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and conservation of large marine animals have to do with motorsports? Absolutely nothing. That was until Absolute Racing teamed up with the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) for the 2022 season of the World eX Championship.

The China-based team is more accustomed to real world racing. But when the pandemic hit, they ventured into sim racing with an entry to the World eX Championship. It just so happens that this eSports racing series carries a strong message of sustainability and raises awareness for the environment. In support of the event’s motto #RacingForTheClimate, Absolute Racing saw this as an opportunity to work with LAMAVE, by using the team’s sphere of influence to further help spread the group’s advocacy.

World eX Championship minimizes its environmental impact as it hosts races purely in the virtual world without the need of fossil fuels. It also promotes green energy by using the 1,000 hp ex Zero electric prototype for all of its 10 rounds on rFactor 2.

Absolute Racing has been doing their part as well, outlawing single-use plastics in the team and researching recyclable alternatives for all of their event-related products. They are also looking into solutions to encourage eco-friendly travel and employ green energy wherever available.

All this is aligned with the #PurposeDriven Pledge of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) that focuses on fighting the climate change crisis and targets a net zero carbon footprint.

Ingo Matter, Founder and Director of Absolute Racing: ”We’ve long been regarded as more than just a race team, and we will use the World eX platform to promote awareness of large marine species in cooperation with LAMAVE. We have a moral obligation to protect the oceans for the sake of our children. It is also about the future relevance of our sport; we must ensure that motorsports remains one of the most appealing sports to compete in and that it has a place in our world.

Ariana Agustines, Vice President of LAMAVE: “Our team believes that everyone can have an impact in protecting the oceans and the species that call them home. Absolute Racing is a clear example of this and as an e-sports event shows how racing can be enjoyed while also minimizing negative impacts on the climate.

LAMAVE is a non profitable organization that seeks to spread awareness in the Philippines of the large marine animals they are working to protect; these include whale sharks, sharks, rays sea turtles, and several species of cetaceans. LAMAVE stress the importance of habitat preservation as well as sustainable management of these species. Their information, education, and communication campaigns focus on promoting awareness and behavior change though targeted impact media campaigns, providing internships and on the job training, and conducting workshops with communities and governments to transfer skills such as marine wildlife rescue procedures.

LAMAVE frequently advise local governments and national authorities on the development and management of sustainable tourism, and marine animal protection throughout the Philippines. They also counsel leaders of the dive and hospitality industries on sustainable marine wildlife operations and tour procedures.

For more info, visit www.lamave.org.

Falken Azenis RT660-equipped GR Yaris sets 2:08.267 lap around CIS

Falken Tires really wanted to prove that their new Azenis RT615K+ and RT660 rubbers were indeed ‘track-ready’. So, they challenged 100 of their quickest clientele to see just how fast can their latest tires go around the Clark International Speedway (CIS). And the answer they got was an eye-watering 2:08.267 lap from a very unsuspecting entry.

The record run was set by Luis Gono onboard a modified Toyota GR Yaris. Yes, he’ the ’14 Toyota Vios Cup and ’18 Formula V1 Champion, and is a fine drifter as well. The record-setting machine, meanwhile, is a work of art by Autoplus Sportzentrium. Almost every possible part of the GR Yaris has been finely-tuned or upgraded, whilst still being able to function as a reliable daily driver – one with 291 hp at the wheels.

(READ: The First Toyota GR Yaris in Manila Has Been Busy Chasing Lap Times)

To put the 2:08.267 lap into perspective, it’s only a few seconds off a Porsche 911 GT3, Nissan GT-R R35, and Lotus Exige Cup 380 based on Time Attack Manila’s Top 100 Lap Times of CIS.

This little 3-cylinder 1.6L turbocharged hatchback is definitely punching above its weight class, like a battle between David vs. Goliath, with help from Falken’s new Azenis RT660 tires.

Sharing about his experience, Luis commented: “The Azenis RT660 is 200 treadwear tire but I’m impressed with the grip and consistency it gave me. The tires are very predictable. It did not slide around even on the warm up lap when the tires were still cold. The front felt that the tires were in sync with the brake system and it was great all throughout.”

Luis tells us that he was also able to have a go on the Falken Azenis RT615K+ rubber. Although those tires were about two seconds slower per lap, he was still pleasantly surprised with its performance. But the Falken Azenis RT660 is on a totally different level where he could corner faster, brake later, and accelerate earlier.

“Tires are a big factor when we are chasing lap times or racing. It’s important to have a tire you can rely on that you know you can push to the edge,” Luis added.

Track temperatures were quite high on that day and Luis reckons that he can still go faster. By how much? Well, hopefully we get to find out soon.

20 cars confirmed for inaugural 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series

3 year’s worth of speculations, talking, planning, and a little bit more talking is finally coming to fruition as the MSCC Miata Spec Series is finally getting the green light this 2022. And 20 brand-new track-tuned Mazda MX-5s are confirmed for their first race in June.

‘MSCC’ stands for the Manila Sports Car Club who “owns” the series. Because while it’s backed by Mazda Philippines, it’s being marketed as an ‘official race event of the country’s premier sports car owners club’. That means the entry list (which they refuse to share with us) is exclusive to MSCC members only.

“The MSCC has always considered the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a true sports car,” says Windy Imperial, MSCC member and Chair of the 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series. “The club chose to run the Miata Spec Series because of its proven reliability and performance on the track. Mazda Philippines’ partnership with the MSCC has given our members the opportunity to once again pursue our passion for sports car racing. And racing in an event that is both sustainable and fun will surely rekindle our love and appreciation for sports cars.”

There are four (4) rounds scheduled in their inaugural 2022 calendar – all held at the Clark International Speedway (CIS). Each race weekend will then feature a Qualifying session followed by 2x 10-lap races to complete an 8-race championship.

2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series Round 1 | June 11 (Clark International Speedway) Round 2 | August 27 (Clark International Speedway) Round 3 | October 22 (Clark International Speedway) Round 4 | November 26 (Clark International Speedway)

“We are delighted to finally see the much-awaited Miata Spec Series take to the track as the Manila Sports Car Club’s official racing event,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “The one-make format of the Miata Spec Series provides a unique opportunity for MSCC members to hone their skills and to enjoy the pure essence of driving. Mazda’s motorsports DNA and its participation in grassroots racing events around the world has made it simpler for us to institute this partnership with the MSCC and the series’ new sponsors.”

Not to be confused with the MX-5 Global Cup Car, the Miata Spec Series one-make-sports car is 100% home-brewed and assembled at the Mazda Center of Excellence in Cabuyao, Laguna. It’s based off a Mazda MX-5 ND Soft Top and retains the stock SkyActiv-G 2.0L engine as well as the stock 6-speed SkyActiv manual transmission. The 24-way adjustable coilovers, sway bars, and cromoly 6-point roll cage, on the other hand, are sourced from global partner CUSCO. Some chassis components come from MazdaSpeed, while most of the safety equipment are supplied by Sparco. Interestingly, the bespoke Miata Spec Series exhaust is proudly Philippine made by Drif tXaust.

Other local partners have chipped in on the project as well. ROTA Wheels is their official wheel supplier, while GT Radial Philippines provide the spec Champiro SX2 tires. Mazda Philippines’ long-standing partnership with Shell Philippines have also earned them a supply of Shell Helix Ultra Professional lubricants and Shell V-Power fuels.

The 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series is supported by Pilipinas Shell, GT Radial Philippines, ROTA Wheels, and the Batangas Racing Circuit Inc.

Falken Tires introduces track-ready Azenis RT615K+ and RT660 in the Philippines

In the quest for setting ever quicker lap times, Falken Tires has responded by with their own line of 200-treadwear tires suitable for even the most serious track day goer. The Azenis RT615k+ and Azenis RT660 are now on sale in the Philippines thanks to the brand’s exclusive distributor JM Far East, Inc.

Both models are street-legal and available in popular sizes ranging between 15 to 19 inches. It’s comparable to the likes of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, which should give you an idea how capable these tires really are.

Falken Azenis RT615K+ The Azenis RT615K+ is an improved version of the original competition-winning RT615K. Its digitally-engineered, nanotech-formulated compound allows for superior grip and excellent handling, but also offers a high tread life for longer use. This means it can be used as a daily street tire for your trackday weapon.

Falken Azenis RT660 The Azenis RT660 is the more potent of the two and is the choice for drivers chasing after the ultimate lap time. Its rigid carcass construction enhances steering response and vehicle stability, while the motorsports-derived tread compound provides maximum grip with predictable performance.

Winston Manabat, President of JM Far East, Inc., revealed that they made the Azenis RT615k+ and Azenis RT660 available locally as more automobile manufacturers are now offering high performance models with equally-high tire performance requirements. He added that both tires will allow enthusiasts to get the most out of their cars and enjoy the driving experience even more, both on and off the race track.

For more info, Like the Falken Tire Philippines page on Facebook.

Daryl DeLeon Taylor bags 1st despite difficult Radical SR1 Cup curtain raiser

Coming into the season opener at Donington Park, Daryl DeLeon Taylor was fully aware that the 2022 season of the Radical SR1 Cup will be a difficult one given this year’s caliber of drivers. And the race last April 9/10 certainly did not disappoint. But despite a penalty that robbed him of a podium and several race incidents, the Filipino-British driver was able to deliver a hard-earned race victory.

Daryl enjoyed a positive 2-day pre-season test ahead of the curtain raiser as he settled into his new team Valour Racing. He had no trouble setting consistently quick laps, which was indicative of his on-track performance for the race weekend.

The 16-year-old was easily the fastest Radical SR1 driver for the majority QTT1, but was later bumped down to P4 due to traffic. This was of little concern for Daryl during Race 1 as he was already up to P2 after the first corner. He then spent the next 17 laps chasing after the leader and crossed the finish line P2 on the road. However, a rather harsh 15-second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him to 6th in the final classification.

Now starting on the front row of the grid, Race 2 was a real handful for the entire 12-car-field. Half of the track was wet while the other half was dry and a third would fail to make it to the chequered flag. Daryl, on the other hand, was already in the lead after the first lap. Although admittedly it was tricky adapting to changing conditions, making sure not to drop a wheel on wet tarmac and still being consistently quick. He would later claim his first victory of the season at the end of 15 laps with a 1.261 secs advantage.

Things continued to look good for Daryl after he set a 1:09.740 lap in QTT2 on Sunday, which happened to be a new Radical SR1 track record. This was also enough to put him ahead of all other SR1 drivers in a mixed grid for the Radical Challenge Endurance. Unfortunately, his lead was short-lived. He got mixed up in a battle of SR3 runners and was spun around. But it was a long 36-lap race so it wasn’t game over yet. Daryl managed to climb back up to P2 in class before a poorly-timed Safety Car period lost him track position, forcing him to go flat-out all the way to the finish. In the end, he would claim a well-deserved 3rd in SR1 to cap off a challenging weekend.

The Radical SR1 Cup Championship resumes in a month’s time at the Brands Hatch GP circuit on May 21/22.

Daryl DeLeon Taylor: “The first weekend at Donington GP was actually quite difficult. The grid was a mix of experienced and new drivers all pushing to do well at the beginning of the season. There were highs and lows for me. The disappointment of the first race penalty, then the win in the second race, and finally the frustration in the third race of being spun out in the first corner. Racing is racing and you can’t control what happens on track, the mistakes of other drivers, or the timing of the safety car. Overall the weekend wasn’t ideal, but I’m confident of the car that Valour Racing gave me. Pleased with the win and pleased that I set a new track record in qualifying, so looking forward to the next race weekend.”

Daryl DeLeon Taylor is supported by Train Maintenance Services (TMS).

For news and updates, Like the Daryl DeLeon Racing page on Facebook, follow @daryldeleon on Instagram, or visit daryltaylorracing.com.

[Photos courtesy of Radical Sportscars LTD]

Motul and Cleanfuel renew partnership with launch of lubricant lineup

Cleanfuel and Motul Philippines has recently renewed their partnership in a deal which involves the French oil company supplying its high-quality range of lubricants to local consumers.

Lionel Dantiacq, CEO of Motul Asia Pacific, commended the deal and extended his full support as both companies are committed to bring excellent products and services to Filipino motorists at an affordable price. “I want to congratulate the partnership between Cleanfuel and Motul,” he shared.“Thanks for choosing Motul and thanks for your trust.”

Atty. Jesus ‘Bong’ Suntay, President and CEO of the Cleanfuel Group of Companies, likewise expressed his gratitude to Motul Asia Pacific for entrusting Cleanfuel. “We at Cleanfuel are both delighted and humbled by Motul’s decision to entrust us with helping provide quality motor oil for the Filipino motorist,” said Suntay.

Cleanfuel customers will now be able to experience Motul’s lubricant lineup suitable for different types of vehicles including sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and commercial vehicles. These include the Motul Multigrade Plus 15W40, Motul 4100 Turbolight 10W40, and Motul H-Tech Prime 5W40.

Each lubricant is designed not only to provide added protection but to help promote better efficiency, while helping reduce running and maintenance costs.

Both executives went on further to commit to new upcoming products and innovations, as well as additional value-added services during the partnership.

Ryan Sy fights from back of grid to grab 3rd on Rotax MAX debut

12-year-old Ryan Sy certainly impressed on his first outing in the Rotax MAX Challenge Philippines last April 10. After a race incident that relegated him to last place, the PCRC karter delivered a strong recovery drive to cross the finish line in 3rd during the all-important Finals at the Carmona Race Track.

Ryan is barely into his first year in karting, but has already shown that he has a natural talent for the sport. Group founder Ron Hu and coach Sky from PCRC were the one who introduced him to go karts who gave him a free ride in a Kart Republic kart with an X30 engine. The boy was immediately hooked and as they say, the rest is history. He was 3rd overall in MiniRok last year before moving up to the Junior Category in 2022 where he intends to compete in the full race calendar of both the Rotax MAX Challenge Philippines and Rok GP Super Karting Series.

He set the early pace in Practice after toping the time sheets with a 1:00.257 lap. His most brilliant performance then came during the Qualifying Heat where he swapped positions with Bern Corpino for the lead at almost every lap. Their battle lasted for a full 8 laps with Ryan taking the chequered flag in 1st by a slim 0.083 sec margin, successfully fending off a more experienced karter. However, thing got a bit more rough in the Finals with Ryan being pushed off on lap 1. That dropped him to dead last, but somehow mustered up the courage to fight back up the standings to claim his first podium of the season.

There’s going to be a month ’til the races resume on the 15th of May at the Palawan International Circuit and there’s going to be another 10 more events after that in Ryan’s busy 2022 calendar. But that’s just the beginning of a long motorsports journey for this future champion. For his young age, he’s very motivated to drive fast, win races, and eventually reach higher levels of racing. His ultimate goal is for one day to get into single-seaters and emulate his idol Michael Schumacher.

Ryan Sy: “My first race in Juniors was fun. Although a race incident during the Finals put me in last, it was enjoyable to catch up from behind and get up to 3rd. I learned from the experience that I still have to improve on a lot of things on my race craft and hope we can do better next month. I want to thank my parents for allowing me to race and putting a lot of effort to help me get better in driving. Also to my coach Elson and uncle Red for their valuable lessons and preparing my kart in the best condition possible.”

Ryan Sy is sponsored by MAX888, LF JOY Realty Inc., and WrapTeck. For more info and updates, follow @ryangogogo_ on Instagram.

[Photos by Bong Boado]

Next-gen Honda Civic Type R is 0.873s quicker than FK8 around Suzuka (w/ video)

The legendary Suzuka Circuit in Japan stretches 5.807 km long start-to-finish, and according to Honda Motor Co. Ltd., took the upcoming all-new Civic Type R only 2 minutes 23.120 seconds to complete a full lap. That, according their own knowledge, is enough to set a new lap record for a production FWD. But how impressive really are those numbers?

Scheduled to be launched later this year, the newest Honda Civic Type R will be based on the latest 11th gen. Civic FE. What that means is that it’s most probably going to be longer and heavier than the model it replaces with minor tweaks on its underpinnings. While it will still be powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, there’s a hint that a slight power bump from its 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque is to be expected. But the gains don’t seem that substantial, at least on paper.

The new record was set back in March 2022 using a ‘final development car’ so it’s as close to production as you can get. It managed to stop the clock at 2:23.120, which in comparison is 0.873 seconds quicker than the lap set by a Civic Type R FK8 Limited Edition a year earlier.

Let us refresh your memory that the Type R Limited Edition is already the most extreme version of the FK8. It doesn’t come with an A/C, doesn’t come with a radio, and is 47 kg lighter than a standard Type R. So for for a bigger, heavier all-new Civic Type R to shave 0.873 seconds off a single lap shows how much work Honda engineers have put into the new model.

But what we want to know now is how quick the next-gen. Civic Type R can go around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The previous gen. Civic Type R set a production FWD record back in 2017 with a 7:43.8 lap. But that title now belongs to the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R that did a 7:40.100. And speaking in behalf of all Honda devotees out there, we really hope that the new car takes back the throne.

Watch the all-new Honda Civic Type R set a 2:23.120 lap around Suzuka Circuit in the on-board video below.

Daryl DeLeon Taylor all set for 2022 Radical SR1 Cup with Valour Racing

Having only entered the last 3 events of 2021 due to his age, Daryl DeLeon Taylor now has the go ahead to take on the full 2022 season of the Radical SR1 Cup in the UK. This 16-year-old has proven to be quick on track and will settle for nothing less than the driver’s championship with Valour Racing taking him to those race victories.

Winning the title though is easier said than done. For one, word around the paddock is that number of pro drivers are expected to take part in this year’s grid who are far more experienced than Daryl. The entry list could also balloon to 15 cars in the SR1 Cup, which he has to fight against for track position. What’s good though is that he has signed with Valour Racing for 2022 – a team who has proven capable of winning races and championships.

The Filipino-British driver is preparing very seriously for the upcoming season, focusing on fitness, nutrition, and sim racing. A typical day for this teen would consist of around 2-3 hours in the gym and another 3 hours in sim work, training on tracks that are part of the 2022 calendar.

His strategy is to concentrate on one race at a time, deliver consistently good results, and the championship will should come naturally.

Daryl will have 6 opportunities to accomplish that with the Radical SR1 Cup Championship stretching from April ’til September of this year. Each weekend begins with a 20-minute Qualifying and 2x 20-minute Sprint Races on Saturday. SR1 Cup racers then return on Sunday for a 45-minute Endurance Race.

Although not yet confirmed, there is also an option to compete in the Radical World Championship race sometime end of the year. That will allow Daryl to compete against Radical drivers from around the world.

2022 Radical SR1 Cup Championship Race Calendar Round 1 | April 9-10 (Donington Park National) Round 2 | May 21-22 (Brands Hatch GP) Round 3 | June 25/26 (Snetterton 300) Round 4 | July 30/31 (Silverstone GP) Round 5 | August 13 (Oulton Park International) Round 6 | September 17-18 (Donington Park GP)

Daryl DeLeon Taylor: “I’m looking forward to racing in 2022 and to new challenges. The biggest challenge I see is consistency in results. With such a big grid, you have to always be pushing to be the best not just in your driving but also in car setup in order to get the performance right every time. This will be my first full year in the Radical SR1 Cup and we’re definitely aiming for the championship. I would like to thank TMS train maintenance, Valour Racing, as well as my family in Manila and Olongapo for the opportunities and support they give me.”

Daryl DeLeon Taylor is supported by Train Maintenance Services (TMS).

For news and updates, Like the Daryl DeLeon Racing page on Facebook, follow @daryldeleon on Instagram, or visit daryltaylorracing.com.

Asia-Pacific DiRT Rally Championship is AAP’s first-ever regional sim racing series

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Sim racing exploded ever since the pandemic happened, which prompted the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) to take their races online. But little did they know that their digital motorsport events would one day became so successful that the rest of the region now want to be part of the action. So for 2022, they’ve hooked up with the other ASNs to organize the first-ever Asia-Pacific DiRT Rally 2.0 Championship by AAP.

As the the name suggests, the event will be run on DiRT Rally 2.0 on both PC and PlayStation4. It’s open to all competitors from the Asia-Pacific region and is free-to-join. To participate, one must enter Qualifying scheduled 4 days ahead of each round (via CodeMasters Racenet Club). Only the TOP 21 drivers, however, will be invited to race in the live lobby event. Then, whoever scores the most points by the end of the 3-round series will be awarded as the first-ever Asia-Pacific DiRT Rally Champion.

Do note that the rally cars and tracks will not be revealed until Qualifying starts for that round, so no one can gain an advantage. Each event will also run a mix of long and short stages.

The 2022 Asia-Pacific DiRT Rally 2.0 Championship by AAP is powered by Dominado E-Motorsports: Rally (DMR). All races will be livestreamed via the AAP Motorsport Facebook page starting this 9th of April. Succeeding events will then take place on the 30th of April and 14th of May.

Alongside the AAP, the various national sporting associations for four-wheeled motorsport (ASNs) involved in this championship are MotorSport New Zealand, Korea Automobile Racing Association (KARA), Chinese Taipei Motor Sport Association (CTMSA), Motor Sports Singapore (MSS), Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), Motorsport Australia, Ceylon Motor Sport Club (CMSC), and Hong Kong Automobile Association (HKAA).

Interested parties can access the Rules and Regulations by clicking this link and access the Registration Form here.

26th AAP Motorsport Awards recognize drivers who raced in a pandemic

Motorsports in this country has certainly learned to adapt to the new normal. While it still wasn’t at 100% capacity, events have started to make a comeback in 2021 with pocket events here and there, wherever health restrictions allow. This the Automobile Association Philippines’ (AAP) way to recognize those brave men and women who dared to race and more importantly excel in the sport that they love during a pandemic. The 26th Annual Motorsport Awards was its first ever gathering held in-person since 2019. Due to the limited number of events last season, it was expected that this year’s list of accolades was a bit… short. The typical series champions from the National Slalom Series and Asian Karting Open Championship were not part of the list, whereas the Philippine Rallycross Series just wrapped up their 2021 season a week ago. Still, there’s more than enough achievements to be celebrated in Philippine motorsports in karting, touring cars, and for the first time in AAP’s history sim racing. Then there are other big events that managed to resume races in 2021 with the likes of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup and Giti Formula V1 Challenge. Here are the list of talent people who received recognition during the 26th AAP Annual Motorsport Awards. Driver of the Year – Digital Motorsport | Lance Guballa National Digital Rally Championship | Lance Guballa Driver of the Year – Karting | Al Miguel Joseph Quiñones National Karting Series – Mini ROK Class Champion | Mariano Axel Nocom National Karting Series – Senior Class Champion | Al Miguel Joseph Quiñones Philippine Grand Touring Championship – GT150 Class Champion | Russ Elle Agapito Philippine Grand Touring Championship – GT100 Class Champion | Marky Young Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup Overall Champion | Estefano Rivera Giti Formula V1 Challenge Pro Class Champion | Daniel Miranda Posthumous Award | Jay Rivera Posthumous Award | Paeng Nodalo