Phoenix PULSE Formula FV1 Virtual Cup returns for another season

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After a successful inaugural season last year, the first homegrown eSports racing series is back to give aspiring drivers a virtual platform to pursue their passion for motorsports. Organized by Tuason Racing, the Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is once again taking the races online with a 3-round series that kicks off this August.

It is open to eSport drivers aged 14-years-old and above. Races will be held using the PC-based platform Assetto Corsa, competing on ‘Formula V1-inspired race cars’, under 2 different racing categories. The AM Class, as the name suggests, caters to aspiring drivers with no prior experience to sim racing. The PRO Class, on the other hand, is designed specifically for pro eSport racers who have an extensive experience in the virtual racing world.

As in the previous season, there are 3 events lined up in 2021 with points up for grabs at each round towards the championship. The event also promises ‘amazing prizes’ and a ‘one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be trained by Tuason Racing’, but they have yet to announce what exactly those prizes will be and what’s in store for the next FV1 Virtual Cup Champion.

Formula V1 Virtual Cup 2021

2021 Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup Race Calendar Round 1 | August 14 Round 2 | October 2 Round 3 | November 20

Those who intend to enter can click on this link to register: https://bit.ly/FV1VirtualCup2021 You can also follow Tuason Racing’s Facebook page and Instagram @tuasonracing for more updates on the 2021 Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup

Presented by Phoenix Fuels, powered by PLDT Home and backed by Limitless, Family Mart, and Apex Sim Racing, the Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is also backed by Ribbon Arc Motorsports, Gran Turismo Philippines, Sim Racing PH, Automobile Association Philippines, and Seven Star Garage. With media partners C! Magazine, Inquirer Mobility, Wheels Philippines, Time Attack Manila, AutoDeal, and Autocar Philippines.

Obengers Racing take home a dozen trophies from Vios Cup 2021 curtain raiser

It’s mission accomplished from the biggest team in this year’s Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup. Between their 8 drivers, Obengers Racing ended up with 4 race victories and 8 podium finishes across 3 categories. All of these trophies were collected during the season opener at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) last July 16/17.

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Super Sporting Class Estefano Rivera lead the team’s charge by starting from pole in Race 1. Although a slow getaway dropped him down to P5, the reigning Formula V1 Champion clawed his way back up the standings to come out back on top. He would take Obengers Racing’s first win of the 2021 season on Friday afternoon with a 1.758 sec advantage. Marc Soong, on the other hand, managed a respectable 5th in class despite having very little seat time ahead of the race weekend.

Estefano lost ground in Race 2 the following morning, but was still quick enough to take 3rd across the line. Marc was only a few places behind with another strong 5th place.

What would have been another victory for Estefano, however, was swiftly taken away by the stewards. His #23 Vios OMR was deemed to be underweight after Race 3 and undid all his hard work. Marc later benefited from his misfortunes and snatched an unexpected 3rd place in the #77 ‘Make-A-Wish-Foundation’ entry.

Sporting Class It was a 3-way-battle between teammates Iñigo Anton, Julian Tang, and Joaquin ‘Wakkeen’ Garrido at the top of the Sporting Class. The youngsters exchanged positions in Race 1 with Iñigo coming out of top on his Vios Cup debut. Julian crossed the line 2.528 secs behind in 2nd with Wakkeen a further 8.310 secs adrift in 3rd, completing a full Obengers Racing podium. Miguel Quiñones was in close 4th to his teammates, while Elysse Menorca struggled with an ailing car that left her in a lowly 7th.

The trio exchanged places in Race 2 with another 1-2-3 finish for the team. This time tough it was Julian’s turn to take the top spot of the podium with a massive 9.699 sec lead ahead of Wakkeen. Iñigo put up a strong fight to his teammate and was inches away from Wakkeen’s rear bumper when the pair crossed the chequered flag. Miguel was running in P4 most of the race, but contact with another driver dropped him down to 6th. Sadly, Elysse’s woes continued to haunt her on Saturday with overheating issues forcing her into a DNF only 6 laps into the race.

Iñigo quickly proved that he had what it takes to fight with the big boys and rubbed elbows with the Super Sporting Class drivers in Race 3. He secured another race victory in the process with Julian joining him on the podium in 3rd. Miguel came close in 4th, while Wakkeen finished in 6th after an off-track excursion.

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Promotional Class Julia Delos Angeles had a memorable experience on her debut outing with a new team. Qualifying P4 in the Promotional Class, she fought hard to take 3rd in Race 1 earning her first-ever podium finish in the 3 seasons she has raced in the Vios Cup.

Although she missed out on the podium in the succeeding races, her on-track battles were valuable learning experiences that should help her improve in the next event. Julia completed Race 2 in 7th and was 6th in Race 3.

There’s going to be a long 2-month break before the Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup resumes on the 10th/11th of September 2021.

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Cosco Oben, Obengers Team Owner: “I would like to congratulate all of our drivers, mechanics, coach Roland, and manager Pao for all the wins we got last weekend. Special mention to our sporting class driver Iñigo Anton for having such a phenomenal weekend on his first ever Vios Cup experience. I’m so proud of him not only because of his great racing talent but for being such a fine young boy with good moral values. He is a perfect fit to the kind of culture we are trying to promote in our team and in our group of dealerships. I see our 8 core values fully embodied by this boy and that honestly makes me very happy and proud that he is a part of Obengers. We are so happy and excited to be back in racing and on the podium! We will be better on the next leg for sure.”

Obengers Racing is sponsored by Centro Manufacturing, Peoples General Insurance, Standard Insurance, Stronghold Insurance, Toyota Financial Services, Commonwealth Insurance, Liquimoly, Winterpine, Powerstroke, Fedchem, Spark Up, FH Innovation, Sikkens, and Speedster.

The Oben Group dealers are composed of Toyota Balintawak, Toyota Otis, Toyota North EDSA, Toyota North EDSA Service Center-Mindanao Avenue, Toyota Marilao Bulacan, Toyota San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Toyota Certified Used Vehicles-Balintawak, and Hino Balintawak.

[Photos by Jon Gonzales]

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Obengers Racing lineup for Vios Cup 2021 is team’s strongest entry to date

One of the most successful teams in the Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup is marking the return of Philippine motorsports with a vengeance. Obengers Racing, who have won 2 out of the last 6 overall championships, is fielding not just the biggest but also the strongest lineup for the 2021 season with 8 very potent drivers all vying for their respective class titles.

Super Sporting Class Leading the way for the team is Estefano Rivera who’s making a comeback to Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) one-make-series after missing out on the titles in ’15 and ’16. Although he stepped away from the series after those attempts, he has always stayed close to Obengers Racing and together won the Giti-Formula V1 Championship in ’19. This time though, he won’t be settling for second best.

With him in the top-tier class is Marc Soong again flying the colors of the ‘Make-A-Wish-Foundation’. This will be his fourth season with Obengers Racing, steadily finding improvements every year.

Sporting Class Obengers Racing will have the biggest entry list in the Sporting Class by far with their drivers taking 5 out of the 7 slots on the grid. They’ve moved both Julian Tang and Elysse Menorca up from the Promotional Class after the pair finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively in the championship last time around.

They will then be joined by the team’s new recruits Iñigo Anton, Christopher ‘Wakkeen” Garrido’, and Miguel Quiñones. Though still in their teens, the trio are already well-accomplished drivers in their own right. Iñigo takes after his multi-titled father Carlos Anton and has several endurance, slalom, and eSport titles under his name. Wakkeen, on the other hand, has been busy collecting championships in karting over the last 6 years and will finally make his touring car debut in the Vios OMR. Likewise, Miguel Quiñones has had a similar journey in karts and became Junior Karter of the Year at one point. After taking part in several tests with Formula 4 SEA, Formula V1, and Radical Sportscars, he has now made the right choice to enter in the Vios Cup with Obengers Racing.

Promotional Class Julia Delos Angeles is no stranger to the series competing in the ’17 and ’18 seasons. This time though she’s back with a fresh outlook and a new team that could take her to the championship. She will be Obengers Racing’s lone entry in the Promotional Class with hopes to repeating class title win of ’19 with Quattro Adriano.

Pao Agregado, Team Manager: “The team’s goal is really to nurture and develop drivers for Philippine motorsports. With the driver development program of Obengers Racing we’ve centered the team around finding young talent and we’re happy with what we saw with from our new drivers Wakkeen, Iñigo, Miggy, and Julia. We have a very positive outlook and even the pandemic cannot stop motorsports.”

Cosco Oben, Obengers Team Owner: “We’re very excited to be back racing after more than a year due to the pandemic. I see this as a good sign of better days ahead for the racing community and more importantly our industry and Toyota. We will be fielding our biggest roster of drivers in our racing history composed of 8 young talented and driven racers. I can’t wait to see them all on the podium this weekend. Of course putting up this big team during this challenging time wouldnt be possible without the help and support of our team co-principal Richie Uy, manager Pao Agregado, coach Roland Hermoso and our ever supportive sponsors who’s been behind us since day one.”

Obengers Racing is sponsored by Centro Manufacturing, Peoples General Insurance, Standard Insurance, Stronghold Insurance, Toyota Financial Services, Commonwealth Insurance, Liquimoly, Winterpine, Powerstroke, Fedchem, Spark Up, FH Innovation, Sikkens, and Speedster.

The Oben Group dealers are composed of Toyota Balintawak, Toyota Otis, Toyota North EDSA, Toyota North EDSA Service Center-Mindanao Avenue, Toyota Marilao Bulacan, Toyota San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Toyota Certified Used Vehicles-Balintawak, and Hino Balintawak.

24 entries confirmed for Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup 2021 season opener

This is the comeback we’ve all been waiting for. After the long break (no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that canned the 2020 season), Toyota Motor Philippines is finally ready to go racing again. Their one-make-series is set to kick off its 7th season this weekend with 24 entries confirmed for the Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup’s first event.

As in previous years, there will be an Autocross Challenge to fill in the gaps between the festivities. But what we’re really interested in is the main Circuit Championship that utilizes the full 4.189 km Clark International Speedway (CIS).

New for 2021 is the return of the top-tier Super Sporting Class reserved for the most experienced and most capable drivers on the grid. These ‘modified’ Vios OMRs are supposed to be ‘substantially quicker’ than the rest of the field and can be distinguished via their faux fiberglass headlights. A total of 6 cars will be ready for the season opener with JBT Racing, Obengers Racing, and Toyota Dagupan entering 2 entries each. Red Diwa of JBT Racing, who happens to be the reigning Sporting Class Champion, should be the man to beat as he aims to repeat his success this year.

The Sporting Class, on the other hand, consists mostly of promising young drivers that should guarantee a lot of waku-doki action on track. Series newcomers Joaquin Garrido, Jacob Ang, Iñigo Anton, and Miguel Quiñones are all still in their teens but are already well-accomplished drivers in karting and cars. They will then be joined by Julian Tang, Elysse Menorca, and Darrel Garbes who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively in the Promotional Class championship of 2019.

Bringing up the rear are the Promotional Class runners that are 11 cars strong for the curtain raiser. For some reason, they’ve now ditched the Celebrity Class entirely hence the likes Fabio Ide, Daniel Matsunaga, and Troy Montero will all now be lumped together in this category.

Noticeably missing from the list is the entire quad from Toyota Team Cebu (TTC) with good reason. As we found out, our friends from the Queen City of the South have opted to sit this one out as they wait to be fully vaccinated but should make it in time for the next event.

Vios Cup 2021

The first leg of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup 2021 takes place this July 9/10 followed by succeeding events on September 10/11 and November 5/6. Sadly, this weekend will be a strictly closed-door affair with no public spectators due to safety protocols. What’s good though is that the races on Saturday will be livestreamed via Toyota Motor Philippines and Toyota GAZOO Racing PH on Facebook.

The Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup 2021 is organized in cooperation with Bridgestone, official fuel partner Petron, supported by Motul. Other sponsors are Brembo, Denso, AVT, 3M, OMP, Tuason Racing, and ROTA.

Daryl De Leon Taylor shines in the wet to win at Trent Valley Kart Club outing

What he thought was a weekend to forget turned out to be one of his best races of 2021 after Daryl De Leon Taylor pulled a surprise victory during the Trent Valley Kart Club (TVKC) meeting earlier this June. While running in 6th in the X30 Senior Finals, his fortunes quickly turned after a sudden downpour allowed him to take the lead in slippery conditions and win at PF International Kart Circuit in Grantham, UK.

The Filipino-British karter showed good pace during Saturday Practice with data confirming that his sector times and top speed were at par with the front runners. But he first noticed something was amiss during Qualifying when his #14 Kosmic kart started to understeer and seemed to be slower on the straights. This dropped him down to P9 and was 0.32 secs behind the fastest driver on the grid.

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All setup changes done by his team KR-Sport proved to be unsuccessful and Daryl continued to slide back throughout the Heats. His best finish was 5th in Heat 1 followed by 8th in Heat 2, which was respectable considering it was a strong grid of 22 karters. Still, the 15-year-old clearly knew that he could fight at the front if only he had the speed.

Things failed improve come the Finals. He was still a few tenths down per lap and worked hard to maintain 6th place. But with only 5 minutes left on the clock, the rainclouds poured and turned the track like ice as they continued to race on slicks. While the front runners struggled just to stay on course, Daryl managed to find grip in the poor conditions and powered his way into the lead to take a commanding win by 3.03 secs.

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Daryl De Leon Taylor: “I can say that this was one of my favorite wins as it was totally unexpected from the position I found myself half way through the Final. It’s always good to have plenty of speed, lead the race, and take the win but it’s an even better feeling to be coming from an impossible position, fight hard, and still manage to take the win.”

For the latest updates, follow Daryl Taylor Racing on Facebook or @daryltaylor_ on Instagram.

[Photos courtesy of Kartpix.net]

Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila completes dominant PSBK opening race weekend

It was a near-perfect race weekend for Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila who marked their return to the Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) in dominant fashion. Father-and-son tandem Toti and Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto went on to collect 7 victories during the double header round at the Clark International Speedway (CIS).

Despite being away for more than a year due to the pandemic, TJ had no issues putting the purple-liveried #77 Ducati Panigale V4R on the front row of the grid during Qualifying. His father Toti, on the other hand, set the pace in the Masters Class and would line up from P9 overall.

TJ was able to take an early lead in Race 1 on Saturday, powering his way past Dashi Watanabe on the Kawasaki ZX10R. He then opened sizable 13.613 secs gap in as little as 10 laps to take a commanding victory on the team’s PSBK return. Toti also improved on his starting position and found a way past several younger foes. The Ducati Manila rider later crossed the line 1st in the Masters Class and 7th overall.

Race 2 saw a repeat performance from TJ in the Expert Class, enjoying a lights-to-flag win. Only a few places behind was Toti who further added to the team’s collection of trophies with another class win on the Panigale V4R.

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Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila then maintained their dominant form into Round 2 the very next day. TJ was again ahead of the field in the Expert Class, maintaining control of the 10-lap race to take a comfortable win in Race 3 with an 8.237 secs advantage. The elder Alberto also had a trouble-free run and take another Masters Class win right behind fellow Ducati rider BJ Ang across the line.

Things got more exciting in the afternoon’s Race 4 as TJ faced stiff competition from the other Expert Class riders. He did well to soak up the pressure and keep the lead until a last corner lunge from Marvin Mangulabnan on the BMW S1000RR had both riders dash to the finish line with TJ missing out on another win by a mere 0.032 secs. In contrast, Toti was on his own in the Masters Class after his rival failed to make it to the start. He took a cautious approach to ensure his #21 Ducati Panigale V4R safely made it to the finish and take another class victory.

TJ Alberto: “I’m still extremely content with the weekend as I didn’t expect to be able to take this much points home for the team. Everyone at Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila did a really great job in setting up the bike this weekend and they really gave me the tools in order to win. Thanks so much for all the support from our sponsors. We already have some ideas on how we can improve even further for the next races!”

Toti Alberto: “We got more than we wanted points-wise. This was a good test for us and we now know what to work on before the next race. It’s just unfortunate that the once hotly-contested Masters Class is down to just me and another entry this year. Still I enjoyed my time on track and placed as high as 7th overall ahead of younger riders in PSBK. Access Plus Racing is also happy that our Ducati riders did well this weekend with BJ Ang in the Intermediate Class, RG Romero in the Novice Class, and Jake Gomez in the Rookie Class all scoring wins.”

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The Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) will resume the 2021 season on the 7th/8th of August for Rounds 3 and 4.

Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila is sponsored by Okada Manila, Essenza, Macbeth, Öhlins Philippines, AELLA, Lv8, Standard Insurance, and Ducati Philippines.

For more info and the latest updates about the team, follow www.facebook.com/AccessPlusRacingPH/ on Facebook and rider www.facebook.com/TjAlberto7/.

Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila to enter Panigale V4R in Philippine Superbike Championship

Ducati’s ultra-rare, ultra-exclusive WSBK homologation special is set to make its mark on local soil after Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila confirms their entry into the Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK). This will be team’s first race since the COVID-19 pandemic and will act as a test before they resume racing overseas later in the year.

Their very capable Panigale V4Rs, the very same ones previously used in the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), will be piloted by father-and-son tandem Toti and TJ Alberto. The elder Alberto will fly the colors for Ducati Manila in the Masters category while his son races the purple-and-white livery of Okada Manila in the main Expert category.

This will be the team’s first time to compete on home turf since 2018. It’ll give Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila much-needed test mileage to get them up to speed after the long break. Moreover, the exercise should benefit other local riders and teams, especially those on Ducati machinery as the team shares their knowledge from years competing on an international level.

The Philippine Superbike Championship will run a condensed calendar for 2021 that will take place over the course of three race weekends, with double headers during each event to complete a 6-round season. All races will be held at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) starting this 19th/20th of June for the first of 3 back-to-back legs. Succeeding races will then be held on the 7th/8th of August and 2nd/3rd of October for the season finale.

TJ Alberto: “With the start of the PSBK now confirmed, we’re happy to announce our support for our national championship. This will also serve as a training ground for the team ahead of our Asian races that was postponed due to the pandemic. Likewise, we’re very eager to share our knowledge with local teams and riders from years competing overseas.”

Toti Alberto: “With the current situation, we’ve had to stop all racing activities for more than a year now. We’re really thankful for the Philippine Superbike Championship as it presents a new opportunity for us to get back on track and stretch our legs. I’m excited to get back on the grid again as my last full season was way back in 2017 and will also be our first time to use Pirelli rubber since 2018. The whole team is looking forward to compete locally once again and race alongside some of the best Filipino riders in the country.”

Access Plus Racing-Okada Manila is sponsored by Okada Manila, Essenza, Macbeth, Öhlins Philippines, AELLA, Lv8, and Ducati Philippines.

For more info and the latest updates about the team, follow www.facebook.com/AccessPlusRacingPH/ on Facebook and rider www.facebook.com/TjAlberto7/.

Pinnacle Motorsport salvage points from difficult Spanish F4 outing at Navarra

In stark contrast to their fairytale season opener debut, Pinnacle Motorsport endured a tough race weekend when the Spanish F4 Championship moved to the Circuito de Navarra for the second event of 2021. But it wasn’t any fault of the team or their young driver Alex Dunne as technical woes prevented them from fighting at the front.

Dunne was off the pace early on, qualifying in a lowly P14 on Saturday. But it was only later when they discovered a crack in the gearbox bell housing that affected the #11 car’s handling. Although the Motorsport Ireland-licensed team was able to quickly fix the issue, it affected their set up and speed all weekend.

A quick getaway off the grid in Race 1 saw the 15-year-old Irishman make up several places to make it as high as P9 on the very lap. However, he was later swarmed by his rivals over the course of the 16-lap race to end up 14th when the chequered flag dropped.

The second day of racing was a fresh start for Dunne and Pinnacle Motorsport, putting the previous day’s woes behind them. Dunne fell back to P20 in the early stages of Race 2 before the safety car was deployed. And by the time the race restarted, there was less than 6 minutes left on the clock. He had to make the most out of the remaining laps to make up lost places and went on to take 15th spot on the very last lap.

His best performance, however, came in the final race of the weekend. Dunne was quick to gain a position in the opening lap of Race 3 and finally break into the Top 10. He continued his charge and climbed up to P8 before the safety car period before taking another spot after the restart. Luckily, he managed to hold onto 7th as the race was red flagged on the very last lap, securing him a point-scoring finish in Navarra.

Alex Dunne slides back to 9th in the Driver’s Championship with 5 more events left in the 2021 calendar. The season resumes on the 16th/17th of July at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão for Round 3.

Alex Dunne: “That was tough. We were bound to have difficulties at some time during the year but I was not expecting a weekend like this. I’m glad we found the issue when we did as we can now get on with fixing the set up of the car and we have already made good progress through the three races since the fault was diagnosed. We don’t race again until July but we have three tests arranged between now and the next round so I’m sure we will continue to make progress before we are back in action in Portugal on July 17th.”

John O’Hara, Team Director: “We had hoped to be closer to the front here at Navarra. It was still a good learning experience overall for both Pinnacle Motorsport and Alex. A cracked gearbox bell housing cost us pace on Saturday, though our fortunes later improved and we were finally fighting at the right end of the field by Sunday afternoon. Focusing on the positives, pleased that Alex was able to collect valuable points and he showed real maturity on track all weekend. He’s really growing as a driver and we’re looking to bounce back at Portimão in July.

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their Spanish F4 Championship are partners KCMG and Motorsport Ireland.

Petron Blaze 100 backs Toyota’s GR GT Cup – Philippines eSports series

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The beauty of eSports is that it doesn’t need a single drop of fuel to run its races, making it a ‘green’ alternative to real-world motorsports. But that didn’t stop oil industry leader Petron Corporation from supporting Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) sim racing series – the GR GT Cup.

While they do realize the irony in all of this, they still believe that the “country’s best gasoline” is still a perfect match for the online event. The high octane performance and excellent engine cleaning capability of Petron Blaze 100 suits the GR GT Cup Philippines’ mission to bring the “waku-doki” excitement to Filipino motorsport enthusiasts. On top of this, their sponsorships supports the grassroots motorsports initiative of TMP.

Petron asserts that not only is it the only 100-octane gasoline in the Philippines, but is also the first premium plus gasoline that meets the Philippine and European fuel quality standards and certified to be Euro 6-compliant.

Up to P1-million worth of prizes are at stake in the Toyota GR GT Cup Philippines. Winners get to bring home gears and gadgets such as tablets, gaming chairs, gaming monitors, smart home devices, and portable action cameras. The overall National Finals champion, on the other hand, walks away with a cash prize plus a brand new Sony PlayStation 5.

Race 3 of the 2021 Toyota GR GT Cup Philippines is scheduled on the 18th/19th of June with the National Finals on the 26th June. Watch the races on livestream via Toyota Motor Philippines’ Facebook page.

Phoenix PULSE get celebrities to race in their Young Drivers’ Program

Now on its third year, the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program (YDP) is again on the hunt for future racing champions in the Philippines. And to get the ball rolling this 2021, they’re kicking things off with a ‘Celebrity Showdown’ this June.

The series will be organized in partnership with Tuason Racing and follow the adventures of eight (8) celebrities as they go through a mix of online and on-track activities. While they didn’t list down what the said activities will be, our best guess is that the eSports segment will be a rerun of the format used in the Formula V1 Virtual Cup. The on-track events, on the other hand, could be a mix of circuit training sessions, slalom competitions, time trials, and grid races.

Note that this will be a “show” and run over the course of 5 consecutive weeks starting this Friday, 11th of June 2021. Each episode will then be broadcasted over Phoenix Petroleum’s Facebook page and promises “pulse-racing action, drama, and more” as these “celebrities” prove that they deserve to be part of the Phoenix PULSE Racing Team.

Sounds exciting.

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“Phoenix has always been a dynamic Filipino brand eager to empower local talents. As a homegrown business that has become a formidable multi-industry brand, we want to harness our platform and invest resources to replicate in others the same growth that we have achieved,” said Celina Matias, Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Strategies.

“We’ve been a fervent supporter of the Philippine racing industry, and not even the pandemic has been able to stop us from sustaining this cause. This year is no different as we adapt this project to current realities, while also making it more exciting than before.”

We’re really not into show business, so we have no clue who these “celebrities” are, but maybe you guys could spot some familiar names. The line-up consists of actor/heartthrob Marco Gumabao, Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Dee, tween actor Joshua Dionisio, hotshot influencer Kim Baranda, actor and Hashtag member Vitto Marquez, Tiktok star Simon Javier, popular gamer-streamer Cherizawa, and actress and TV Host Patricia Reyes.

The Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program-Celebrity Showdown is made possible through Phoenix Petroleum, LIMITLESS, FamilyMart, GITI-Philippines, in cooperation with Clark International Speedway, and Apex Sim Racing, with special thanks to Peugeot Philippines and Tuason Racing.

At last, AAP gives ‘sanctioned’ motorsport events the green light

This is the news we’ve all been waiting for. Because after more than a year in hibernation, Philippine motorsports is finally ready to resume action. This was confirmed by the Automobile Association Philippines’ (AAP) motorsport devision, that they’re willing to sanction motorsport events once again and make the most of what’s left of the 2021 season.

In a letter sent to the country’s motorsport clubs and organizers, AAP Motorsports expressed that this may be the opportune time to resume the sport given the country’s positive outlook against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signed by Armando Eduque, AAP Motorsport Committee Chairman, it also notes that “all events sanctioned by AAP in GCQ and MGCQ venues must observe IATF mandated safety protocols, including the wearing of face masks and shields, social distancing, reduced spectator capacity, etc.”

With this they’re urging organizers to get their act together, drop AAP Motorsports an e-mail with their proposed calendar of events, and let their participants and sponsors know that it’s game on for 2021.

They’ve also prepared a detailed ‘Return to Motorsport’ guide (available at motorsports.aap.org.ph) for anyone thinking of putting together an event during this pandemic. The instructions here are based on the IATF’s updated direction allowing “non-contact sports in outdoor” in GCQ areas and cover topics on event venue preparations, special health considerations, and step-by-step procedures on organizing events.

Let it be known that AAP Motorsport is now accepting applications for events run under GCQ and MGCQ-classified venues. Likewise, they’re urging drivers to begin processing their AAP Competition Licenses for 2021 in time when the 2021 season finally gets underway.

Daryl De Leon Taylor moves up to Senior X30 karting with KR-Sport

Things are looking up for Filipino-British driver Daryl De Leon Taylor this 2021. After the pandemic effectively sidelined his motorsport activities last year, the 15-year-old is making his comeback as he graduates into the Senior Class with a new team KR-Sport.

Daryl is set to compete in the British Karting Championship (BKC), along with a select number of international events, which sums up to a total of 15 events over the course of the year. This move should help him learn from KR-Sport’s wealth of experience that made them one of the leading karting teams in the UK and Europe. In addition to this, the British-based team is also known for their driver development program, which Daryl believes will be beneficial when he races in Radical Sportscars later this year.

It just so happens that another notable Filipino driver has also had his successes competing with KR-Sport. Eduardo Coseteng won in Senior X30 at the Macao International Kart Grand Prix back in 2019 with the same team before making the big switch to British F4 earlier this year.

The British Karting Championship kicks off its 2021 season this May 28th/30th where Daryl will be the sole Filipino entry in the Senior X30 category.

Daryl De Leon Taylor: “I am delighted to sign with KR-Sport for the 2021 season. After visiting their workshop facilities and spending time going through their planned race schedule, I am very confident that we have a strong competitive package for Senior X30. I’d like to thank Ash Orchard from KR-Sport and TMS Maintenance Services for having the confidence in me to allow this to happen.“

For the latest updates, follow Daryl Taylor Racing on Facebook or @daryltaylor_ on Instagram.