Pair of wins in Dubai extend Pinnacle Motorsport’s lead in F3 Asian Championship

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It was another dominant performance from Pinnacle Motorsport and Pierre-Louis Chovet when the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA returned to the Dubai Autodrome for the penultimate event of 2021. Together they would score a pair of race victories and a podium finish over the weekend to further extend their points lead.

The Frenchman was again amongst the quickest drivers in Free Practice and Qualifying to secure a P2 and P3 slot of the grid. His countryman Alexandre Bardinon in the team’s #25 machine was consistent in both sessions to start from P14, while Alessio Deledda ended up in P17 slot.

Pinnacle Motorsport

Starting from the front row of the grid in Race 10, Chovet’s lighting-quick start allowed him outrun pole-sitter Guanyu Zhou on the run to the first corner. Zhou tried to regain the position, but Chovet never broke under pressure to stay in the lead before a late safety car period allowed him to take 1st place under full course yellow. Deledda was further down the field and maintained position to finish 17th. Bardinon, on the other hand, suffered an unfortunate DNF after making contact while fighting for P12 spot.

Chovet didn’t have the best of starts in Race 11, losing several spots in the opening laps. But the championship leader was propelled up to 3rd when 2 front-runners took each other out, which he kept until the chequered flag dropped. Deledda also had his own on-track battles and was rewarded with a point-scoring finish in 10th. Bardinon time time was able to stay out of trouble and bring it home in 13th.

Pinnacle Motorsport

The Motorsport Ireland-licensed team once again found himself in the lead in Race 12 after both front-row starters botched the start. Although his progress was slowed by a safety car period and a restart, there was no stopping Chovet from claiming his sixth win of the season. Deledda was unable to repeat his success in the previous race and had to settle for 16th. As for Bardinon, he again failed to finish after collecting a spinning car in front.

With a tally of 6 victories, Chovet now heads to the season ender with a 32 point lead in the Driver’s Classification, while Pinnacle Motorsport holds onto 2nd in the Team’s Championship. The title decider for the 2021 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA will take place on the 19th/21st of February at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Pinnacle Motorsport

John O’Hara, Team Director: “Another solid weekend from the team and our drivers. We’re improving at every event and thrilled to come away with 2 wins and a podium finish here in Dubai. A big congratulations to Pierre-Louis and looking forward to the season ender next week. Although we’re heading to Yas Marina with a 32 point advantage, it doesn’t give us reason to relax. We’ll be fighting again for race wins and aiming to take the championship.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools 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.

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Sadly, the gov’t denies AAP’s request to resume motorsports… for now

No thanks to this pandemic, we haven’t seen any real track action for nearly 12 months. But don’t think that the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) isn’t doing anything about it. As a matter of fact, their Motorsport Department is in constant talks with the government in the hopes of getting four-wheeled races going again. Sadly though, we’ll all have to wait a little bit longer after their most recent request has been denied.

In an official letter from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Games and Amusement Board (GAB), and the Department of Health (DOH) dated 11th of December 2020, it reiterates to the AAP that “non-professional sporting events, competitions, tournaments are temporarily suspended regardless of risk severity.” This is in pursuance of PSC-GAB-DOH Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001. Furthermore, the document stresses that activities must be “for the purpose of conditioning and training as private individuals only.”

This leaves the AAP Motorsport Department with very little choice but to follow the order to the dot, emphasizing on the following points.

  1. Four-wheeled motorsport is considered a “non-professional sport” as defined by GAB and PSC.
  2. Non-professional sporting events, competitions, tournaments are suspended until further notice. Thus, any national championships, races, competitions, being organized by any motorsport organizer must hereby cease.
  3. Claiming that an organized sporting event is a practice, track day, shakedown, test and tune, etc. is not a valid alibi and will expose you to greater liability.
  4. An LGU approval to conduct events is sadly not sufficient in light of this order.

While the AAP remains to be the governing body for four-wheeled motorsport events in the country, allowing for races to resume during this pandemic is sadly not their decision to make. So as much as we all want to go back racing, all they’re asking from stakeholders in the local racing community is for full support and cooperation until the Philippine government gives the green light.

Double wins at Abu Dhabi propel Pinnacle Motorsport to F3 Asian points lead

Pierre-Louis Chovet is now the first driver in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA to win 4 races in the 2021 season thanks to a pair of race wins in Abu Dhabi. This puts the Frenchman along with Pinnacle Motorsport on the top of the driver’s standings with only 2 events to go.

Chovet would miss out on pole position by a few thousands of a second, which meant he was only P2 and P3 during Qualifying. Alexandre Bardinon was the next quickest Pinnacle Motorsport driver in P15 and 16, while Matthias Luethen and Alessio Deledda alternately claimed P18 and P19 spots.

Pinnacle Motorsport

A lightning quick start in Race 1 allowed Chovet to take the lead on the run to the first corner. He then kept his head down for the rest of the 30 min race and never looked back, securing victory with a comfortable 3.861 sec advantage. Bardinon also had a clean drive to finish in 14th. Deledda managed to get past his teammate to grab 16th at the chequered flag ahead of Luethen in 17th.

Chovet further cemented his dominance with a lights-to-flag victory in Race 2. Although several lengthy safety car periods prevented him from pulling a gap, he still picked up full points to extend his lead in the championship. Deledda did well to stay out of trouble amidst the chaos and finish in 13th position. Sadly, Bardinon and Luethen both failed to finish after coming together on track.

Pinnacle Motorsport

With the driver’s title on the line, Chovet drove conservatively in Race 3 ensuring that he finishes with as much points as possible. Taking no risks, he earned solid 4th place when the chequered flag dropped. Bardinon fought hard for a top 10 spot and crossed the line in 11th. However, a post-race penalty later undid his hard work to drop him down to 13th. Deledda and Luethen were again racing each other for position with Deledda finishing ahead in 15th and Luethen in 16th.

A pair of wins at the Yas Marina Circuit now puts Pierre-Louis Chovet in the Driver’s Championship lead 10 points ahead of his closest rival. Pinnacle Motorsport, on the other hand, sits 3rd in the Team’s Standings as the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA returns to the Dubai Autodrome for Round 4 in a week’s time.

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John O’Hara, Team Director: “What a great way to wrap up a long 4-day race weekend at Abu Dhabi. We’ve worked long hours to give our drivers the best cars possible and it’s good to be rewarded with 2 wins and the championship lead. There are only 2 rounds to go in 2021 and we’re fully committed to wrap up the season still on top of the points race.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools 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.

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Pinnacle Motorsport sails to second F3 Asian victory of 2021 at Yas Marina

Despite competing with a grid littered with F2 and F1-reserve drivers, Pinnacle Motorsport is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA after scoring another victory in 2021. This time the Motorsport Ireland-licensed team enjoyed a lights-to-flag victory with Pierre-Louis Chovet at the Yas Marina Circuit last 5th/6th of February.

Flaunting a new blue-and-red Travel Planet livery, the Frenchman agin lead the team’s charge to secure pole position in the second Qualifying session. Alexandre Bardinon, on the other hand, found improvements and managed P17 and P16. Likewise, Matthias Luethen showed good progress on only his second F3 Asian outing to start from P18 on the grid. Alessio Deledda though had a big shunt on Wednesday, which hindered his performance and could only manage P19.

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Chovet would start Race 1 from the second of the grid. A slow getaway, however, dropped him down to 5th where he stayed until the chequered flag dropped. Bardinon improved 2 positions over the 16-lap race to cross the line in 15th with his teammate Luethen in tow in 18th. Unfortunately for Deledda, contact on the opening lap forced him into the pit for repairs and ended up in 21st.

All four drivers had a more productive Race 2 the following morning. Chovet delivered another point-scoring 5th, while Bardinon had an impressive run to climb all the way to 12th after starting from P18 on the grid. Deledda also fought hard for position to improve 5 places and take 15th with Luethen staying close behind in 16th less than a second away.

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Things eventually came together for Chovet in Race 3. He made a clean start from pole position and despite a lengthy safety car period, managed to open up a 7.921 sec gap once racing resumed and claim a dominant win in Abu Dhabi. Bardinon continued his strong run to wrap up the race in 14th and Luethen securing 18th. Deledda sadly was forced to retire after making contact in a chaotic opening lap.

Chovet’s second win in 2021 keeps him 2nd in the Driver’s Championship, just 1 point away from leader Jehan Daruvala of the Mumbai Falcons and 4 points ahead of Guanyu Zhou driving for Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema. Pinnacle Motorsport, on the other hand, is now 4th in the Team’s Classification as the season resumes action at the Yas Marina Circuit on the 6th and 7th of February for Round 3.

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John O’Hara, Team Director: “A very action-packed few days for everyone at Pinnacle Motorsport. Alessio had a big off on Wednesday, which required the team to pull an all-nighter for repairs. The boys did a great job though to get the car ready in time for Qualifying and also glad that Alessio was not hurt. Alexandre and Matthias made good progress here in Abu Dhabi, and Pierre-Louis was again fighting at the front for the team. Very pleased to secure another race win and hope we can continue this momentum over the next two days of racing.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools 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.

Pinnacle Motorsport welcomes new season in F3 Asian with race win at Dubai

Coming off a nearly year-long break due to the pandemic, Pinnacle Motorsport is back with a bang in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA as they welcome the season-opener with a pole position and race win at the Dubai Autodrome. And they did it with a fresh 4-car assault headed by Pierre-Louis Chovet.

The 18-year-old Frenchman was on pace right from the get go with his name always fighting for the top spot on the time sheets. He then converted this into a P2 and P1 during 2 sessions in Qualifying. His teammate Alessio Deledda was only a second off Chovet’s pace but was down in P14 and P17 due to the tightly-packed field. Alexandre Bardinon was P20 in both sessions on his F3 Asian debut, along with series newcomer Matthias Luethen who would start from P22.

Pinnacle Motorsport

Sadly, Chovet missed out on his front row start in Race 1 on Friday. A slow getaway lost him several places on the run to the first corner and never got the position back. He got stuck in 4th place until the chequered flag dropped. Deledda was busy with his own battles and improved on his starting position by taking 13th. Only a few cars behind were their teammates Bardinon and Luethen who also made progress over the course of the 19-lap race to end up 18th and 20th, respectively.

It was Deledda’s turn to shine during Race 2 on Saturday. The Italian climbed from P9 on the starting grid up to P5 by the end of the opening lap. His impressive run then yielded him 6th across the finish line to collect his first points of the season. Chovet again found himself stranded behind a train of cars up front and concluded the race where he started in 4th. Bardinon was able to find his way past several drivers to claim 17th with Luethen not so far behind again in 20th position.

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Chovet’s much-awaited victory finally came during the final race of the weekend. Despite starting from pole, he was pipped to the first corner and briefly dropped to P3. But the Frenchman muscled his way past a few laps later to reclaim the race lead. Chovet then opened a 1.832 sec advantage by the time he crossed the line, securing his first win in the F3 Asian Championship with Pinnacle Motorsport.

Deledda delivered another 13th place, while Luethen secured his best result of the weekend in 17th. Sadly for Bardinon, the Frenchman’s charge was cut short and retired in the pit lane.

Pinnacle Motorsport

After just one round of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, Pinnacle Motorsport now sits 2nd in the Team’s Classification with only a single point separating Pierre-Louis Chovet from the championship leader. The busy season resumes in just a few days for the double header at the Yas Marina Circuit from the 4th ’til the 7th of February.

John O’Hara, Team Director: “It was a great way to start the new year with a pole position and race win. Our strong driver line up allowed us to fight at the front in and we’re happy to wrap up the weekend second in the driver and team’s championship. A big thanks to Pierre-Louis, Alessio, Alexandre, Matthias, and everyone at Pinnacle Motorsport for their efforts. This gives us confidence that we can do even better once we resume racing in Yas Marina next week.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools 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.

Pinnacle Motorsport primed for F3 Asian Championship as racing resumes in 2021

No thanks to this COVID-19 pandemic, the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA had to take a sabbatical leaving teams like Pinnacle Motorsport high and dry for the last 10 months. Well, all that’s about to end when the series gets its 2021 underway this weekend in the UAE.

The Motorsport Ireland-licensed team aims to make a bid for both the driver’s and team’s titles after finishing runner-up in 2020.

Their strong 4-car lineup is headed by Alexandre Bardinon who was announced back in December. The 18-year-old contested in the Euroformula Open Championship where he scored a best 8th place finish. He is then joined by fellow Frenchman, Pierre-Louis Chovet at Pinnacle Motorsport.

Chovet enjoyed a productive season in the Formula Regional European Championship securing a race win and landing 5th in the standings during his rookie year. He also made 2 appearances in FIA Formula 3 and delivered a 6th place finish in only his second race weekend.

Meanwhile, Alessio Deledda returns for another year in the F3 Asian Championship after making his series debut in 2019. The Italian was a full time entry in the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship and is poised to move up to FIA Formula 2 later this year. Matthias Luethen from Germany completes the team’s line up who only stepped up to single-seaters 16 months ago.

Due to travel restrictions, all 5 rounds in the 2021 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA will be held in the UAE in a condensed calendar that only spans over 4 race weekends. The much-awaited season gets underway this January 29/30 at the Dubai Autodrome with Qualifying and Race 1 scheduled on Friday, while Race 2 and Race 3 takes place on Saturday.

2021 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA Calendar Round 1 | January 29-30 (Dubai Autodrome, UAE) Round 2 | February 4-5 (Yas Marina Circuit, UAE) Round 3 | February 6-7 (Yas Marina Circuit, UAE) Round 4 | February 12-14 (Dubai Autodrome, UAE) Round 5 | February 19-20 (Yas Marina Circuit, UAE)

John O’Hara, Team Director: “We’re really happy to be back racing after such a long break. We have a strong line up and we’re positive going into the series. I’d like to welcome all four drivers and look forward to a strong season. “

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools 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.

Toyota GAZOO Racing aiming for Dakar Rally victory with new 2021 Hilux

Well, it’s not exactly ‘new’ per se but Toyota GAZOO Racing is entering the 43th edition of the Dakar Rally with the latest-spec Hilux, complete with the updated look we got earlier this year. And they’re planning to repeat their 2019 victory at the famed rally-raid with a four-car entry.

The chassis is an evolution of the platform they’ve been using since 2018, with a mid-mounted 5.0L V8 engine that puts out around 385 hp and a huge 620 Nm of torque. Overall layout and geometry remains unchanged, but there are some refinements here and there for reliability and longevity. Built in the team’s HQ in South Africa, the Dakar-spec Hilux also differ from its road-going counterpart as it utilizes an independent suspension to prop up the rear end.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux

Toyota GAZOO Racing is putting their money on Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel to lead the way. After all, they did win the race in 2019 and came close in 2020 by finishing in 2nd. Meanwhile, this will be Giniel de Villiers and navigator Alex Haro’s 10th Dakar with the team since it entered the rally-raid world in 2012.. Henk Lategan and navigator Brett Cummings will be newcomers are they compete in their first Dakar Rally. Finally, Shameer Variawa and navigator Dennis Murphy completes the team’s four-car entry.

The 43th edition of the Dakar Rally is set to kick off on the 3rd of January 2021 and will run over the course of 13 grueling days in the Saudi Arabian desert. There will be 12 stages in total that covers 7,775 km in distance, 4,778 km of which will be timed Special Stages.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux

Glyn Hall, Team Principal: “We are very excited about the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally, especially given the circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reigned in a lot of motorsport during the course of this year. As things stand, the race is set to go ahead early in the New Year, and we are overjoyed to be entering four proudly South African-built and developed Toyota Hilux in the race.”

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Zach David gets first taste of single seaters with test at Clark Speedway

It was a special moment when karter Zach David took his first step up the motorsports ladder and got into a single seater. He did so right after his European tour and joined a private test to experience a Formula Abarth around the Clark International Speedway (CIS).

Technically, it was supposed to be a 2-day outing except that their first day on track was spent on a seat fitting for Zach. This is to ensure that he can fit snuggly inside the Tatuus FA010 chassis, which happens to be the exact same one used by current Formula 2 driver Marino Sato way back in 2013. Whatever time was left was then used to teach Zach how to drive stick, because as you guessed go karts don’t have 3 pedals, but this one does mated to a 1.4L turbocharged engine from Fiat.

The second day though was a bit more productive. Under the supervision of Edgen Dy-Liacco of Edgesport Racing, he was finally able to log in a number of laps spread over several sessions.

Zach David

“It’s really exciting because the car was really fast. And with so much grip you can brake later and deeper than with karts. The power surge also surprised me whenever the turbo kicked in,” shared Zach on his maiden outing in a single seater.

Do note, however, that Zach doesn’t have plans of making a full-time shift just yet. Utilizing the off-season break, this was simply an exercise to give the 13-year-old some experience in preparation for things to come in the future. He’s 100% certain in doing another full year in karts next year, but did hint that a switch may happen as early as 2022 if possible.

AAP hosts digital 25th Annual Motorsport Awards amidst the pandemic

If it weren’t for this pandemic, the most distinguished people in local motorsport would have physically gathered for the 25th Annual Motorsport Awards. This is to celebrate the best drivers for the 2019 season before the world went into lockdown. But thanks to modern technology, the Automobile Association Philippines’ (AAP) still found a way to celebrate our racing heroes online with help from the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS).

The main accolades are still reserved for the Driver of the Year awardees, but oddly 4×4 Off-Road is not included in this year’s list. Other distinctions are for the National Slalom Series, National Karting Series, Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC), and Philippine Grand Touring Car Championship.

Of course there are also special awards for those who clinched their respective titles in the MSDP National Gymkhana Series, First Step Racing Cup, Vios Racing Festival, Giti Formula V1 Championship, and National Drifting Championship. Recognition is then given to drivers who competed overseas as well as race marshals who excelled in their duties over the past year.

Sadly, we also lost important members of the community who were all given Posthumous Awards. The most notable of which was Reynaldo ‘Jun’ Espino Jr. that’s now part of the AAP Hall of Fame.

Watch the 25th AAP Annual Motorsport Awards held last 17th of December 2020 at MIASwired.com.

2019 Driver of the Year Awardees Slalom | Estefano Rivera Karting | Bianca Bustamante Drag | Arvin Millet Rallycross | Olson Louie Camacho

National Slalom Series Overall Class Champion | Estefano Rivera Rear Wheel Class Champion | Joseph Ortega Front Wheel Class Champion | Estefano Rivera Novice Class Champion | Rod Chang

National Karting Series Senior Class Champion | Bianca Bustamante Junior Class Champion | Al Miguel Quinones Mini ROK Class Champion | Miguel Judd Angeles

Asian Karting Open Championship Mini ROK Class Champion | William Go

Philippine Grand Touring Championship GT100 Class Champion | Drew Manio GT150 Class Champion | Justin Neri GT200 Class Champion | Paolo Santos

Special Awards AAP Hall of Fame | Reynaldo Espino Jr. MSDP National Gymkhana Champion | Ian Rosales First Step Racing Cup | Seven Aleman 2019 Vios Racing Festival Overall Champion | Red Diwa Giti Formula V1 Championship Pro Class Champion | Estefano Rivera National Drifting Championship Champion | Norman Agojo Marshall of the Year | Danilo Antivo Marshall of the Year – Slalom | Felipe Paniza Sr. Posthumous Award | Angelito Dulce Posthumous Award | Rene Mapua Posthumous Award | Fred Marasigan Posthumous Award | Emmanuel Cruz Posthumous Award | Pastor Boy Saycon Posthumous Award | Ramy Diez

Plaque of Appreciation Asian Auto Gymkhana Championship | Mark Bernales Asian Auto Gymkhana Championship | Hazel Ramirez Asian Auto Gymkhana Championship | Estefano Rivera Asian Auto Gymkhana Championship | Emilio Medarlo Rivera Asian Auto Gymkhana Championship | Gabie Desales Asian Auto Gymkhana Championship | Jevoy Moreno Malaysia Speed Festival Racing Series | Dexter Rei Daquigan TCR Asia Series | Daniel Miranda Thailand Super Series TA2 Asia | Don Thomas Pastor Thailand Super Series TA2 Asia | Gabrielle Dela Merced Audi R8 LMS Cup | Vicente Floirendo IAME Series Asia | William Go FIA Academy Trophy | Zachary David IAME European Series | Eduardo Coseteng Jr. Lawrence Rally | Jong King Formula 4 Southeast Asia | John Dizon

Surprise! Honda Cars Kalookan is now back in business

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Honda Cars Kalookan has been in business for so long that it was simply unthinkable that they would one day close down for good. Then it happened. Back in June, its then parent company decided to pull the plug after 26 long years in service. But unwilling to die, the old timer was only waiting for a savior to come along to bring it back in business.

That so happens to be the ANC Group of Companies who decided take the reins and re-open Honda Cars Kalookan in November.

Under new management, this now makes Honda Cars Kalookan the 36th full-service dealership of Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI). Thankfully the ‘old’ facility along EDSA has been retained along with its 10-car showroom and 25-bay service center. Some of the previous staff have returned as well to ensure that the soul of the dealership is not lost.

“We welcome Honda Cars Kalookan as HCPI’s 36th dealership in the country. Its opening will surely create a great contribution to our mission of providing excellent customer satisfaction for Honda customers,” said Masahiko Nakamura, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. President.

We’re happy to see that this institution is now back in business, ready to serve customers once again from Monday to Saturdays.

Eurasia Motorsport heads to the USA with Rolex 24 at Daytona debut

This one really caught us by surprise. After years competing in Europe and around Asia, our homegrown team Eurasia Motorsport has recently confirmed that they’re heading to America in 2021. And it’s not only going to be a one-off appearance at the Rolex 24 at Daytona as it looks like they’re going in for a full-year commitment.

They’ve joined forces with Rick Ware Racing and BAM Motorsport for what appears to be a full 2021 program in the USA. Rick Ware Racing, who has an extensive history in both Prototypes and the NASCAR Cup Series, will provide a base for the team overseas as well as logistical and personnel support. BAM Motorsport, on the other hand, is expected to manage the team’s entry which is expected to run under the official entry name RWR Eurasia.

Both the team’s Ligier JS P217 are now being shipped overseas and should arrive in time for the Rolex 24 at Daytona that’s happening on the 30th/31st of January. So far only reigning Asian Le Mans Series Am Class champion Cody Ware is confirmed as their driver with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

After that outing, RWR Eurasia is eyeing a full season entry in the Michelin Endurance Cup and IMSA LMP2 Championship.

Eurasia Motorsport has always raced with the Philippine flag whether they compete in Europe, Asia, or Oceania. It’ll be a first to see them run under our nation’s banner in America, which we hope they can carry all the way to the podium.

Mark Goddard, Eurasia Motorsport Team Principal: “This is an exciting new venture for us at Eurasia Motorsport. We’re currently shipping our two Ligier JS P217s to the factory in readiness for the Rolex 24. The team will be based at the RWR facility in the US and we will be managing the program from there with our own Race and Data Engineers as well as Race Mechanics. We will benefit from logistical and personnel support from RWR and we’re looking forward to this new challenge.”

Eurasia Motorsport embraces sim racing with all-Filipino entry in E1 Championship

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It has always been one of our frustrations to see Eurasia Motorsport complete on a global level with the Philippine flag, yet have no Filipino drivers (with the exception of Daniel Miranda). But as racing shifts online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our home-grown team is taking this opportunity to sign up for an e-series with an all-Filipino entry.

They’ve recently confirmed young protégés Iñigo Anton and Joaquin Garrido for the inaugural E1 Championship. With backing from GT Radial Philippines, the team will enter the 8-round series under the name GT Radial Eurasia Motorsport that kicks off on the 19th of November at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Despite their young age, both are already accomplished drivers in their own right. Iñigo won the Philippine Autocross Championship (PACS) title in 2019 and has several endurance race victories under his name. Joaquin, on the other hand, bagged the Cadet Class Championship in the National Karting Super Series back in 2015 with more karting wins accumulated over the last few years. And with the rise of sim racing, the pair were able maintain their winning ways in the virtual world this 2020.

Helping them in the E1 Championship is Tan Lip Han who happens to be Eurasia Motorsport’s Data Engineer. The youngsters should be able to pick up valuable experience as he recently worked on the team’s Asian Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans programs.

All events will utilize the RaceRoom platform in a championship calendar that stretches from November 2020 until January 2021. Included in the schedule are renowned circuits such as the Dubai Autodrome, Spa-Francorchamps, and Mount Panorama.

Mark Goddard, Eurasia Motorsport Team Principal: “We, as a team race around the world, but we are proud of our heritage and roots here in the Philippines. We enjoyed a lot of coverage recently after a successful 24 Hours of Le Mans program and we would like to give something back, some way of helping two talented young Filipino racers raise their profile over the next few months.

“Our long-term goal is to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Filipino driver, and this – GT Radial Eurasia Motorsport – is the first step to potentially help them get there. With the support of a world-class team and corporate Philippines, we can make the dream come true. It’s great that GT Radial is supporting talented young Filipino racers and helping them to take the first steps to Le Mans glory.”