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.

Honda Ph has yet another fuel pump recall for units sold between ’19-’21

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has recently issued a new recall involving faulty fuel pumps, this time affecting 10,863 units in the country. So if you happen to purchase an Accord, BR-V, City, Civic, Civic Type R, CR-V, HR-V, Jazz, or Mobilio between the years 2019 and 2021, this one’s for you.

The suspect part is a fuel pump that may have a defective impeller. In a worst case scenario, affected vehicles won’t be able to start up or stop running completely if the said part were to fail. That’s why it’s imperative that owners immediately check if their Hondas are part of the recall and take it for service.

They’ll be sending out notification letters to the owners of affected vehicles, but you may also check whether your car is part of this program on your own. Simply visit HondaPhil.com/recall and encode your vehicle’s 17-digit Chassis Number of Vehicle Identification Number at the Chassis/VIN search tool. In case you don’t know where to find this info, you can look it up in your dealership’s sales invoice or certificate of registration from the LTO.

Honda Cars Recall 2021

If your vehicle is part of the recall, please do your part by scheduling an appointment for the fuel pump service kit replacement with any of the 38 Honda Cars dealerships nationwide. It’ll only take a maximum of two (2) hours to complete and thankfully, the parts and labor for this voluntary recall will be made available FREE OF CHARGE.

For further assistance, contact Honda’s customer service hotline 1-800-1000-HONDA (46632) or (02) 857-7240 between 8:00 AM and 5:00PM from Monday to Friday or email update@hondaphil.com.

’til Gran Turismo became an official Olympic (virtual) sport

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Who would have thought that all those late nights spent playing video games would eventually get you into the Olympics. Specifically, we’re referring to Gran Turismo on the Sony PlayStation, which has now become one of the official gaming publishers for the inaugural Olympic Virtual Series (OVC). And it’s set to happen ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 2021 this July.

What the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has done is to select five (5) disciplines, partner with their corresponding International Sports Federations (IF), as well as game publishers for the first-ever Olympic-licensed event for physical and non-physical virtual sport.. Their goal behind this is apparently to reach a fresh audience for the Olympics (with the likes of younger people who are into eSports and games) and generate excitement ahead of the Olympic Games.

Other virtual sports that made it into the cut are Baseball, Cycling, Rowing, and Sailing.

“The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Its conception is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and the IOC’s Digital Strategy. It encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.”

While no details have been released to date, what we do know is that they’re also working with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) on the project. Hence, it’s probably going to turn out something like the FIA-sanctioned Gran Turismo Championships.

The Olympic Virtual Series will take place from the 13th of May until the 23rd of June 2021 with information on how to participate, as well as prizes at stake, expected to be announced soon.

Apparently, registration for the 2021 GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines is now open

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In contrast to last year’s well-publicized event, we’re a bit surprised that there’s very little hype to this year’s GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines. The only time Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) ever mentioned it, as far as we remember, was during their announcement of the Toyota GAZOO Racing – Vios Cup for 2021. But lo and behold, their home-brewed e-motorsports event is apparently now accepting entries with the first race already scheduled for next week.

One big change this year is how they’ve dropped the ‘Supra’ nameplate from the event title. The reasoning behind this is that the latest championship opens up to other models from the GR lineup. If we follow the global Toyota GAZOO Racing GT Cup, we could see the local series shuffle between the GR Supra, GR Yaris, and the freshly-launched GR 86 (that’s yet to be added to GT Sport) in between events. There’s even a chance that we could see the current gen. chassis used in Super Formula, the SF19, in action as well as the historical 2000GT.

Not only will this allow players to enjoy racing with a variety of cars, it also spices up the competition especially for us spectators.

The GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines will once again be run using GT Sport on the PlayStation 4 over the course of three (3) race weekends. Entries are then divided into 3 categories: Promotional, Sporting, and Junior Classes.

Only the Top 24 semi-finalists from each leaderboard challenge get a slot in the semi-final heat. They are then divided into grids of 8 drivers where only the Top 3 from each heat will advance to the final heat. As always, whoever earns the most number of points after three (3) race weekends will be the champion and (possibly) earn a slot into the Toyota GAZOO Racing GT Cup in December and represent the country.

2021 GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines Race Calendar Round 1 | April 23/24 Round 2 | May 14/15 Round 3 | June 18/19

Registration for the curtain raiser on the 23rd/24th of April is now open and can be accessed via toyota.com.ph/gtcup.

GT Radial-Eurasia takes another shot at E1 Championship S1 with Anton, Garrido

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Coming in at 5th overall last season, it seems like GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport isn’t quite done yet with eSports. They’ve confirmed to make another attempt at the E1 Championship and they’re back for ‘Season One’ with the same all-Filipino driver lineup of Iñigo Anton and Joaquin “Wakkeen” Garrido.

There seems to be a general lack of ingenuity from the organizers as they’re still running the same Formula RaceRoom X-17s. Thankfully though they did manage to change the tracks this time around with grid sizes now growing to 28 entries in total. What really matters though is the prize pool that still stands at US$15,000 (which roughly converts to around P730,000).

With support from GT Radial Philippines, both drivers put on a solid challenge during their team debut last year. 16-year-old Iñigo quickly emerged to be one of the front-runners in the series where he collected 4 podiums and 8 top-10 finishes to end up 4th overall in the points. Wakkeen, on the other hand, also had his moments of glory to conclude the championship just outside the top 10.

“Iñigo really made a name for himself last season and Joaquin has shown tremendous potential,” stated Mark Goddard, Eurasia Motorsport Team Principal. “They are both still on an upward learning curve, whilst most of the other front-running drivers have reached their performance plateau already.”

With a season of experience, GT Radial-Eurasia is confident that they will be fighting for podium finishes at all events. We sure do hope so as we can’t wait to see the Philippine flag on the top step.

The E1 Championship – Season One kicks off on the 7th of April at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and concludes on the 2nd of June at the Nurburgring.

E1 Championship S1 Race Calendar Round 1 | April 7 (Red Bull Ring, Austria) Round 2 | April 14 (Hockenheim, Germany) Round 3 | April 21 (Watkins Glen, America) Round 4 | April 28 (Suzuka, Japan) Round 5 | May 5 (Aragon, Spain) Round 6 | May 19 (Zandvoort, Holland) Round 7 | May 26 (Hungaroring, Hungary) Round 8 | June 2 (Nurburgring, Europe)

Eduardo Coseteng 3rd fastest in British F4 season launch at Silverstone

It’s only been a week since news broke out that Eduardo Coseteng is debuting in the F4 British Championship this year and here he is again making the headlines. On this occasion, the young Filipino turned heads during the official season launch by setting the 3rd quickest lap around the Silverstone Circuit.

Eduardo was part of the festivities as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost unveiled the ‘Class of 2021’ to the world. His team Argenti Motorsport also took the opportunity to unveil their new livery for the season with his machine donning the #36 in bright yellow.

Eduardo Coseteng

The 2.638 km National Circuit was used for the first test of 2021, allowing all 18 drivers a chance to rack up valuable mileage before the season begins in May. There were 2 sessions in total where Eduardo managed to complete 38 laps in total. By the day’s end his fastest lap of 55.667 secs was only 0.051 secs shy of the best time, placing him 3rd in the overall timesheet and was the fastest rookie on track.

There will be another official test at the Thruxton Motorsport Centre on the 8th of April ahead the season opener a month later taking place on the very same circuit.

Eduardo Coseteng

Eduardo Coseteng: “I think the day went quite well, we progressed quite well from the start until the end. We were P2 for the most part of it and competing, and someone just slipped past us at the last minute. Overall, it was a really good day, I’m really impressed with the pace we have, especially given that the top 2 in front of me are second-year drivers, and I’m the top Rookie. Hopefully we can start how we ended today at the next test. I’d just like to thank a few people; Argenti, for an amazing car and their efforts all day, my parents of course for the support and my sponsors, Petron Corporation and AutoPlus Philippines.”

[Photos courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography]

Suzuki’s OEM-branded ECSTAR genuine oils now available in the Philippines

In case you didn’t know, Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) has been in the country for 36 long years dealing not only with sales of motorcycles and automobiles, but also of outboard motors for boats. So it’s only fitting that after 3 decades in the business, they now finally have their own OEM-branded oils sold under the name ECSTAR.

As it’s developed in-house, ECSTAR should naturally get the best performance out of every Suzuki-built engine. Not only that, its synthetic base oil additives make ECSTAR superior over ‘normal’ engine oils in terms of friction characteristics, engine detergency, and thermostability. Thus, Suzuki’s home brew lubricant claims up to 5% in FUEL SAVINGS, OUTSTANDING ENGINE PROTECTION even when starting in cold climates, and CLEAN ENGINE FOR LONGER LIFE by preventing sludge and deposits.

What’s even more remarkable is how ECSTAR offers all these benefits yet is able to keep a balance between performance and cost.

ECSTAR Fully Synthetic F9000 0W20 is their automobile engine oil that’s packed with ultra-high, fuel-efficient, and fully synthetic technology. It’s suited for Suzuki gasoline engines and is currently available at P520 per liter. There’s also a Semi Synthetic F7000 5W30 option priced at only P390 per liter.

ECSTAR Fully Synthetic R9000 10W40 MA2, on the other hand, is their motorcycle engine oil fit for big bikes, backbone, and underbones that’s priced at P550. A more affordable alternative is the ECSTAR Mineral R5000 10W40 MA, which can also be used on scooters, at P190 per lister. The ECSTAR R5000 10W40 MB, on the other hand, is scooter-specific that retails at P290 per liter.

Lastly, their marine outboard motor engine oil is the ECSTAR Fully Synthetic 10W40 4T priced at P395.

All ECSTAR genuine oils are now available in all Suzuki Authorized Dealerships nationwide.

Fil-Brit karter Daryl De Leon Taylor aspires to make his mark sports car racing

Formula 1 may be a bit far-fetched, but to see a Filipino driver race at the Le Mans 24 Hours could become a reality one day. And we’re putting our money on a 15-year-old karter from the UK named Daryl De Leon Taylor to make this happen.

Born in 2005 to a Filipino mother and a British father, Daryl has been racing since he was 8 years old. He got his start in karting where we found success both at club and national levels early on. Things really took off in 2018 where he raced in the British Kart Championship and Ultimate Karting Championship, even gaining an entry to the IAME World Finals. All in all Daryl would collect over 150 wins and podiums in Cadet and Junior classes over his short career in motorsports.

Daryl Taylor

Daryl is clearly proud of his Filipino heritage and carries his mom Laura’s last name whenever he races. You also can’t miss the Philippine flag on his overalls even if he does compete under a British racing license. And while there’s an 8-hour time difference, his relatives back in Olongapo and Manila gives it their best to watch and support Daryl during his races on livestream.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 will be a busy year for Daryl. He’ll be moving up to the Senior class when the season begins in April entering in no less than 3 separate championships. But the main highlight of the year will be when he finally graduates into cars.

Daryl Taylor

He was invited to to the Radical Sportscars factory in Peterborough back in February for a possible slot in the Radical SR1 Cup Championship. His pace during a test at Snetterton did show a lot of promise, however Daryl won’t be able to join the grid until August when when he celebrates his 16th birthday. That just gives him enough time to enter the final 2 events of the season at Silverstone and Donington Park.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but if this season goes well it could see Daryl move up the motorsports ladder with Radical Sportscars into their faster machinery such as the SR3, SR8, and SR10 his dad David tells us. Ultimately his goal is to race internationally, either in GT sportscars or prototypes, and land a seat with some of the top teams that compete in the GT World Challenge or World Endurance Championship.

Daryl Taylor

Daryl Taylor: “My plan is to work hard and achieve all I can on 4 wheels. It will be a real challenge but if I can continue to get the results on track, maintain fitness levels, and study on the engineering side, this coupled with my mental strength should give me a good start. Then all I need is opportunity, luck, sponsorship, the right car under me, and the right people around me. Radical Sportscars have a fantastic range of cars that allow you to progress up to the highest levels including GT3.”

For the latest updates, follow Daryl Taylor Racing on Facebook or @daryltaylor_ on Instagram.

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A young Daryl Taylor riding a jeepney during a family trip to Manila.
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Daryl Taylor with his sister Avril, brother Kelvin, mum Laura, and dad David.
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