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.

Daryl De Leon Taylor

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.

Daryl De Leon Taylor

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.

Access Plus Racing

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.”

Access Plus Racing

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.

Celebrity Showdown

“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.

Khairul Idham Pawi retires from racing at only 22 years old

While some are just starting their motorsports career in their 20s, Khairul Idham Pawi is already stepping away from the sport for good. The soft-spoken Malaysian recently announced his retirement, ending a brief but relatively successful career racing on 2-wheels.

‘The Star’ details in a report on Khairul’s retirement how the 22-year-old endured a “miserable year” in Moto3. Riding for Petronas Sprinta Racing, he had to deal with a nagging finger injury on his right hand throughout the season, which he first sustained in a fiery crash during the Spanish GP in 2019. This required multiple surgeries thereafter, but ultimately had to be amputated later on, adding to Khairul’s woes.

“I’ve been thinking about quitting for quite some time,” Khairul admitted in a news conference announcing his retirement. “I also talked about it with my family and I’ve decided to help out with the family business [rearing cows].”

Khairul nonetheless expressed disappointment over the way things played out in 2020. “Obviously, there is some disappointment,” lamented the Kampung Gajah-born racer, “but I’m proud to become the first Malaysian to win 2 races in the world championship.

“Right now, I want to forget about racing and do things which will make me happy. I want to help my family as they have sacrificed a lot during my career,” he added.

Khairul Idham Pawi

And what a brief career it was for the man known to fans as ‘Super Kip’. Khairul, of course, was one of the darlings of Malaysian MotoGP who first made headlines as an 18-year-old wunderkind in 2016 by winning the Argentine and German GP with Honda Team Asia. Since then, the youngster has become one of Malaysia’s sporting heroes, in the process elevating the already popular sport of motorcycle racing to greater heights.

MotoGP, in particular, so popular in his home country that Tourism Malaysia even organized meet-and-greet sessions with MotoGP riders in October of 2019. The event, according to Tourism Malaysia’s DG Datuk Musa Yusof, was in recognition of the sport’s extreme popularity, as evidenced by the over 1.81 million people who watched the Malaysian GP live from 1999 to 2018.

The appeal of motorcycle racing has grown so much in Malaysia to the point that non-Muslims wager on the sport despite prohibitions on most kinds of gambling. Expatbets noted in a feature on the country that local sports betting is permitted through Ascot Sports on specific sports, namely tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, and of course, motorcycle racing.

With that said, there is little doubt that Khairul’s international success, however short-lived, helped raise the sport’s profile even more in his home country. Notably, the Malaysian GP even received the Best Grand Prix Award twice (in 2012 and 2017) given out by the Grand Prix Commission.

Super KIP may be walking away from the sport, but he is doing so as one of Asia’s best. Khairul’s success also ought to be an inspiration to fellow Asian riders like the Philippines’ very own Troy Alberto, who made his Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) debut in 2019 much like Khairul did back in 2016. And while Malaysia and the rest of Asia would like nothing more than to have a successor to Khairul, there’s no doubt that the sport will miss him dearly.

[Photos courtesy of Sepang Racing Team]

Follow 3 young Pinoy drivers racing internationally this year

Let me put this straight. It doesn’t matter how many championships you’ve won or how many trophies you have in your collection if you’ve solely competed on home soil. Because if you really want to prove how good you are, you need to go international to sharpen your skills and see how well you stack up against the rest of the world. And that’s exactly what these trio of drivers from the Philippines are doing in 2021, and none of them are even over the age of 18.

Eduardo Coseteng moves up to British F4 Championship Son of multiple touring car champion Jody Costeng, Eduardo has already made a name for himself in karting. The 17-year-old enjoyed successes in the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) as well as in British, European, and World karting categories, before making the switch to single-seaters.

He signed with Argenti Motorsport for a full season in the F4 British Championship, which is arguably one of the most competitive junior single-seater categories in the world. There are 10 rounds slated for 2021, with 3 races per weekend, that sums to a total of 30 races over a 6-month calendar.

With backing from Petron Corporation and Autoplus Sportzentrium, Eduardo already turned heads during the pre-season test after setting the 3rd quickest time around Silverstone. We’re surely hope that he can maintain this level of performance when the season begins this May 8/9 at Thruxton.

Get the latest updates from Eduardo by following his Instagram account @eduardocoseteng.

Zach David back for another year karting in Europe We’ve been keeping an eye on Zach David for a little over a year now and this kid continues to impress us every time he’s out on track. Somehow he was able to manage racing in 3 separate events – the FIA Karting Academy Trophy, FIA Karting European Championship, and WSK Euro Series – all while attending to his schoolwork online. Impressive feat especially when you realize that he’s only 13.

Although he’s not old enough to get into single-seaters just yet, Zach has already tested a Formula Abarth around Clark International Speedway (CIS) on several occasions. This is in preparation for when that time comes, which might be as early as 2022. This year though, he’s back on his European tour shuffling between the FIA Karting European Championship and WSK European Series whenever possible.

You can follow Zach as he goes from one race to another @zachdavidkarting on IG.

Daryl De Leon Taylor on driver development with Radical Sportscars Admittedly, we’re cheating a bit on this one because Daryl De Leon Taylor is technically from the UK. Born to a Filipina mother and a British father, this 15-year-old is a seasoned karter amassing over 150 wins and podiums in Cadet and Junior classes during his short career in motorsports.

Most recently, he was signed by KR Sport to compete in the British Kart Championship (BKC) along with select international events. He’s out to gain valuable experience from one of the leading teams in the industry as he moves up to the Senior Class in 2021. But what really piques our interest the most about Daryl are his plans to graduate to sportscars later this year. Radical Sportscars to be exact where he’s set to join their new driver development program and enter the Radial SR1 Cup sometime in August.

He may be racing on the other side of the globe, but like Eduardo and Zach, you can always see what he’s up to on his Instagram account @daryltaylor_.

Mazda Ph offer 15% savings on 2-year prepaid Preventive Maintenance Service

Thanks to Mazda Philippines’ innovative Yojin-3 service plan, the brand’s beloved customers were able to enjoy Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) for the first 3 years of ownership free-of-charge since 2013. They upped this from 3 to 5 years back in April of 2020, further adding to the many benefits of owning a Mazda. But in case you missed out on this 5-year offer, you can now purchase a 2-Year Extended Service Plan so you too can enjoy worry-free ownership for another 2 years.

It’s pegged at P38,250 for SkyActiv-G models and P45,000 for both SkyActiv-D and BT-50 engine models, which is a savings of 15% from regular PMS rates. This should cover the cost of the 4th and 5th year PMS starting from the vehicle’s 70,000 km PMS schedule that includes fully synthetic oils, genuine parts, and labor. In addition, the Extended Service Plan also protects Mazda customers from any impending price increases on parts and labor.

“Owning a brand-new Mazda is not just about enjoying a pleasurable drive experience. It is also about the peace of mind afforded by a premium ownership experience,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “Having a complete dealership service record for 5 years protects a car’s residual value and therefore the customer’s investment. But more than that, the 2-Year Extended Service Plan offer is our way to reassure our customers that throughout their Mazda ownership journey, their cars will be in their most optimal condition and will continue to provide reliable service, safety, and performance.”

Applicable to all Mazda units purchased between October 2017 to March 2020, the 2-year Extended Service Plan comes with free Emergency Roadside Assistance for 2 more years and merchant-affiliated benefits.

Alex Dunne gives Pinnacle Motorsport first Spanish F4 podium at Spa

What a start it was for Pinnacle Motorsport to take pole position and a podium finish on their very first outing in Europe after many years competing in Asia. This was how the Motorsport Ireland-licensed team and their young talent Alex Dunne marked their Spanish F4 Championship debut over the weekend, kicking off a positive start to the 2021 season at Spa-Francorchamps.

Alex snatched headlines early on by setting the quickest lap in Q1 on what was his first event in single-seaters. The young Irishman then looked to improve on his best time, unfortunately his next lap was nullified after exceeding track limits which left him down in P12. Another attempt in Q2 sadly only resulted in P7 after he was held up in traffic.

Alex Dunne

With a grid full of 28 drivers hot on his heels, Pinnacle Motorsport’s sole entry in the series slipped back to P4 at the start of Race 1 but quickly regained the lead during the chaotic opening lap. A lengthy safety car period, however, only left them with 10 minutes when racing resumed prompting all drivers to scramble for position. Alex dropped to P5 before fighting his way back to 3rd earning Pinnacle Motorsport’s very first podium in Europe.

Alex was back on the hunt for another podium in Race 2 that afternoon. But his impressive charge from P7 on the grid was cut short after an error attempting to take P5 cost him a front wing. A trip to the pit lane lost him a whole lap to the leaders and ended up in a lowly 25th.

The slight setback only fired him up even more as the 15-year-old went on full attack mode in Race 3. An impressive drive saw him climb his way from P12 and was en route to a podium if it weren’t for the multiple safety car periods. This hampered his progress and had to settle for 5th place when the chequered flag dropped.

Alex Dunne

A pair of strong finishes in Belgium now puts Alex Dunne 5th overall in the points race as the Spanish F4 Championship heads to the Circuito de Navarra on the 29th to 30th of May.

Alex Dunne: “I’m delighted to have completed my first ever car racing weekend with a pole position and a debut podium. I’ve learnt so much this weekend and with so much being new to me I am really happy with how everything went.This weekend sets us up very nicely for a championship challenge over the remainder of the season and I can’t wait for the next event to build on this performance. Thanks to KCMG and Pinnacle Motorsport for making this possible.”

John O’Hara, Team Director: “Alex really impressed us with his debut performance this weekend. We had full confidence that he had the pace to fight in front, but taking pole in qualifying was a nice surprise to everyone at Pinnacle Motorsport. He also showed maturity in his driving as he battled for position on track. If it weren’t for the lengthy safety car periods and a slight error in Race 2, we could have easily finished on the podium more than once.”

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

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.