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

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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