Fueled by her passion for motorsports, lady driver Gabie Desales concluded her debut season in the 2018 FlatOut Race Series (FORS) in the best way possible. She’s now the newly-crowned overall Bracket G champion, taking the title on only her first year in circuit racing.
Gabie competed under Team Shell Helix Ultra driving a Honda Civic EK. The young 21-year-old would score points on every outing, which included 1 win and 2 podium finishes. A 2nd place finish in Round 7 put her in the championship lead and more importantly, allowed her to secure the title with 1 race to spare.
With her goal to continuously improve her skill, Gabie stepped up a class during the 8th and final round of 2018 last October 27 at the Clark International Speedway (CIS). Her best time of 2:34.314 may have only placed her 7th in Bracket F, but it was more than 2 seconds quicker than her previous best on the 4.189 km circuit.
A year’s worth of circuit racing experience now prepares Gabie for her next challenge. She’ll be sharing driving duties with Aira Medrano, Dimple Napat, and Kathy Villar on December ½ to become the first all-female team in the upcoming 8 Oras ng Pilipinas. This will be yet another milestone for women in motorsports.
Gabie Desales: “I’m thankful to my FORS family for providing a venue for us racers to hone our skills and for creating a community powered by the love for motorsports. It has been a great year of racing and I definitely learned a lot which contributed to my overall development in and out of the track. I met amazing people who inspired me to be better and I’m looking forward to what the next season will bring.”
Gabie Desales is supported by Team Shell Helix Ultra, Shell V Power, Team Big Chill, Motul, Autoplus Sportzentrium, TS Tuning, Bendix, NWB Wipers, GLYL Printing Solutions, Time Attack Manila, Stage21, AutoPerformance Ph, GR Tuning, Tatangworks, GlassPro, Dynamics, Bendix, ROTA, Hazardboy, Race Motorsports, and AAP Motorsports Development Program.