Having both your drivers finish on the podium has to best result a team could ever wish for, even more so when they’re siblings. That’s exactly how Dr. Q Motorsports kicked off the 2022 season of the Rok GP Super Karting Series with Miguel and Shasha Quiñones finishing 1st and 3rd at the Palawan International Circuit.
Older brother Miguel was clearly the faster of the 2 and consistently topped the Senior Class time sheets all weekend. But his younger sister was not too far behind and was within a second of his fastest lap. Since Dr. Q Motorsports is after all a family affair, Miguel made sure to share his notes with Shasha especially when she’s having a hard time or have questions.
As expected, Miguel would easily take 1st place in Qualifying and cross the finish line 6.091 secs ahead of his closest rival. Shasha, on the other hand, was 4th after losing 2 places at the start on a very hot Sunday morning.
The conditions, however, got a bit tricky in the afternoon. Miguel and Shasha both managed to keep their positions in P1 and P4, respectively and looked to hold their places all the way to the chequered flag. But with only 4 laps to go, it started to rain. Miguel fought hard to keep his kart on the road whilst racing on slicks and somehow stretched his lead even more to take the win by a 11.060 sec margin. Shasha also benefited from the slippery conditions to move up a spot on the penultimate lap to finish 3rd and join her older brother on the podium.
The 2022 Rok GP Super Karting Series resumes at the Clark International Speedway – Kart Track on the 10th of July.
Miguel Quiñones, #45: “The whole weekend was smooth sailing from start to finish. It felt amazing to be back at my favorite track in the Philippines and win! I couldn’t have done it without the help of Junior Capuyan our chief mechanic and my mechanic Joseph Nepacina to keep the kart in top shape. We also race as one family and really happy to share the podium with Shasha.”
Shasha Quinones, #48: “It was a tricky weekend. I learned the track in the dry during practice, but then it suddenly rained in the race. Although I had a hard time adjusting to the slippery conditions, it was a fun experience overall to finish on the podium with my brother. I look forward to racing on other tracks later this year and improve on my driving”
[Photos by Bong Boado]