Access Plus Racing on all-out attack at 2022 PSBK title decider

For the first time in this year’s Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK), Access Plus Racing is coming into a race weekend behind in the points. And it happens to be the most crucial of them all as Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto and Lawrence Macalinao will have to be in full attack mode in order to secure the Overall and Intermediate Class titles during the final round of 2022.

TJ has won 7 out of the 10 races so far this season, demonstrating the dominance of the Ducati Panigale V4R on track. However, while he has not finished any lower than 2nd in the races that he had completed, a single DNF has put a serious dent on this hopes to win the PSBK championship back-to-back. His 19 point advantage turned into a 14 point deficit in a split second when another rider uncharacteristically crashed into TJ’s #77 machine, taking both of them out in Round 5.

With 1.5x points up for grabs at the season finale, mathematically speaking TJ needs to finish 1st in both races while his closest rival and current points leader Marvin Mangulabnan will have to finish 3rd or lower for the Ducati rider to win the championship.

Much like his teammate, a DNF has also put Lawrence Macalinao on the backfoot in run towards the Intermediate Class championship. The Access Plus Racing new recruit has proven time and time again to be nearly as fast as the Expert Class riders and would score dominant wins whenever possible. But mechanical issues and rider error spoiled what could have been an easy class title win and is now 29.5 points behind in the class standings.

Access Plus Racing came from a productive test last week and is heading to the Clark International Speedway (CIS) fully prepared and with full confidence to fight for the championship. Round 6 of the Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) takes place this weekend with Qualifying scheduled on November 12 (Saturday) followed by Race 1 and 2 on November 13 (Sunday).

TJ Alberto, #77: “The team has worked so hard all season to stay ahead in the championship, but a 19 point advantage suddenly became a 14 point deficit after our DNF in the previous round. While it was a shame to lose the lead in that way, we come to the season finale in full spirits. Our goal to finish 1st in both races to give us the best possible chance at the title. We had a good test last week and we come well prepared. I’d love to be able to defend my PSBK title if it’s in God’s plan, so we just have to do our best and see what happens. All I have to do is to ride as fast as I can.”

Lawrence Macalinao, #26: “Coming into the season finale with a 29.5 point deficit, chances on taking the Intermediate Class championship is very slim. However, our mindset stays the same, which is to finish both races with the best possible result, end the season on a high, and get valuable data on the bike. I would like to thank everyone at Access Plus Racing for giving me this opportunity to race with such a great team and I’d like to show my gratitude by giving my best performance this weekend.”

Toti Alberto, Team Principal: “Even if we’re heading into the season finale with a points deficit, I’m still very proud of TJ, Lawrence, and everyone at Access Plus Racing. We have given our best every time we’re out on track and showed that we’re world-class team. We’ve learned so much and enjoyed every minute of it. Obviously we have a big job to do this weekend, but we will treat it exactly the same way as we’ve done all the other rounds in the past and that is to give our 100% for God.”

Access Plus Racing is sponsored by Ducati Philippines, Angkas, Essenza, Frontrow, Katinko, Makati Diamond Residences, Italtrans, Aella, Apex, Extreme Components, Lv8, Macbeth, Ohlins, and STM, with Motoworld and Teagumps.

Floirendo-Winkelhock pairing shines at TSS Buriram with season’s best result

Still fresh from its maiden Singapore GP outing, the #55 ENsport Audi R8 LMS Evo II arrived at the Buriram International Circuit at the end of October ready to race once more. But it had a new (yet familiar) name affixed next to its trusty owner Vincent Floirendo – someone who proved to be very effective in helping the Filipino driver score a pair of podium finishes in Thailand.

Ex-DTM and GT1 driver Markus Winkelhock has been called up to share driving duties for this penultimate and the final event of Thailand Super Series (TSS) season. And while Vincent managed the 8th fastest time in QTT1 with a 1:38.358 best, Markus simply blew away the competition on his very first official outing. Flexing over two-decades’ worth of motorsport experience, the German driver stopped the clock at 1:34.020 to set pole in QTT2 and made it look easy.

Vincent was first in the driver’s seat for Race 1 on Saturday. However, with a full tank of fuel and a used pair of tires, he had the difficult job of muscling the #55 Audi R8 LMS Evo II around the 4.554 km Hermann Tilke-designed FIA Grade 1 track. The car felt heavy and sluggish he admitted, but did respectably well to stay in position until the mid-race driver change. He then handed the car over to Markus who rejoined the track like a bullet. The racing legend tore through the field, climbed his way up to 5th and already had the #89 Singha Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 in his sights when the chequered flag came out.

It was Markus’ turn to take the start on Sunday. With pole position and a brand new set of tires, he peeled away from the rest of the 19-car grid as soon as the lights turned green. The next half hour was then spent on clocking consistently quick laps to build sizable a gap, while setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. Vincent later jumped behind the wheel during the mandatory pit stop and went back out still in the lead. The pressure was on for the Filipino driver who was now the target for the rest of the GT3 runners. The much faster #11 Vattana Honda NSX eventually caught up to him, followed by the equally-quick #25 B-Quik Absolute Audi R8, both of which Vincent allowed to go by as not to risk getting into a costly race incident. After 37 laps of racing, the #55 ENSport Audi safely made it to the finish line in 3rd to secure the Filipino driver’s best finish of the 2022 season so far.

The Thailand Super Series (TSS) will head back to Buriram International Circuit on the 8th/11th of December where both Vincent and Markus hopes to close the season on a high.

Vincent Floirendo: “Challenging weekend at Buriram, but great results racing with Markus. Just wanted to finish both races with no incidents unlike my last race here when we had a big collision that resulted in a DNF. Overall, I’m very happy we finished 3rd which is my best result this year. It was hard work and looking forward to the season finale in December and to race again with Markus.”

Will Lucas celebrates karting rookie year as Petron Intermediate Clubrace champion

If karting is the stepping stone into professional motorsports, then the Petron Motorsports Karting Academy should be regarded as the stepping stone into professional karting… in the Philippines at least. And this is demonstrated no better than by Will Lucas, who won the Petron Intermediate Clubrace championship on his rookie year.

Except for a few outings in fun karts, Will only got his first real taste of karting when he joined the Petron Motorsport Karting Academy several months ago. Suffice to say, the grassroots program was enough to convince him (and his parents) to sign up for a full season in the Petron Clubrace this 2022 with his tita, touring car and endurance driver Kathy Villar, providing much-needed inspiration. He entered the Intermediate Class with Edgesport x Ethanworx Racing Team under the tutelage of renowned coach Edgen Dy-Liacco, in a 9-round championship that would run from April to October.

Things, however, got off to a slow start during the season opener at the Carmona Race Track (CRT) where he finished 10th out of 11 drivers after making contact with another karter. Truth be told, this put a slight dent on the 18-year-old’s confidence. But with a lot of practice, proper coaching, and a strong team behind him, Will steadily improved over the next few events.

His very first race win would then come at the Clark International Speedway Kart Track (CISKT) only 2 months after making his karting debut. He finished with over a second lead from his nearest rival, sending a clear message that Will is going to be a serious title contender in 2022.

After a couple of hard-fought rounds, he later delivered 4 victories in succession to secure the Intermediate Class title. His first back-to-back wins came during the Rok GP Cup Philippines double-header in September. Will asserted his dominance by taking 1st in Time Trials, Qualifying, and Finals on Saturday, which he then repeated on Sunday to complete his clean sweep of the race weekend.

Except for a 3rd place in Qualifying due to an error, the final 2 rounds of the season was practically a repeat performance. Will was untouchable over the double-header weekend and secured the Petron Intermediate Class championship with a 54 point lead in the standings.

Will Lucas: “I officially started karting only 7 months ago when I graduated top of my class in the Petron Karting Academy. But with the help of coach Edgen and lots of practice, he made me the champion that I am today. My plan next year is to step up to the Senior Category of Rok GP and Rotax Max, and hopefully be able to race internationally someday. But my ultimate goal in motorsports is to compete in any open-wheel racing series.”

[Photos courtesy of Rok GP Cup Philippines and Rotax Max Challenge Philippine Series]

Rotax MAX Ph finale clean sweep earns Miguel Quiñones ’22 Senior Class title

Officially official, Miguel Quiñones is now a 5x karting champion after a clean sweep of the Rotax MAX Challenge Philippines’ season ender in October. This comes straight after his Rok GP Senior Class title win just a month ago, earning him the title of Karter of the Year back-to-back.

The 2022 season has been a tight 2-kart race between Miguel and closest rival Gabriel Carag. While both have 2 wins each to their names, the Dr Q Motorsport karter’s consistency would allow him to stay slightly ahead with 2 point advantage heading into the double-header season finale at the Carmona Race Track (CRT). Still, this meant that he really had to pull something special to become champion, especially with 1.5x points up for grabs on Sunday.

Miguel did exactly just that, finishing 1st in all the sessions on Saturday with a best time in Time Trials, a win in the Qualifying Heat, and a dominant victory in the Finals finishing 5.024 secs ahead of his sister Shaniah in 2nd. Gabriel, on the other hand, did not have luck on his side and allowed Miguel to stretch his lead by 29 points.

Come the following morning, Gabriel was looking to turn the tables and give Miguel a run for his money. But his best efforts on Sunday could only land him 2nd best in Time Trials and Qualifying with Miguel again acing both sessions. Miguel then enjoyed a dominant lights-to-flag victory in the all-important Finals, cruising to victory with the championship in tow, while his rival Gabriel failing to finish.

With 4 wins in the 2022 Rotax MAX Challenge Philippines, Miguel Quiñones earns his 5th championship title in karting. This comes after securing the Rok GP Senior Class title a month ago, X30 Senior Class title in ’21, and Rok GP and X30 Junior Class titles in ’19. However, it might be a while ’til we see Miguel win karting titles again as his focus turns to cars in 2023.

He’s now busy preparing for the Rok Cup Superfinal at Lonato, Italy on the 19th/22nd of October, followed by the Rotax MAX Challenge World Finals at Portimao, Portugal on the 17th/26th of November.

Miguel Quinones: “Really happy with my clean sweep. All I needed to do was to keep my composure and make sure I don’t make any mistakes. In the end we got perfect results to claim the championship. None of it would have happened without the help of everyone who supported me, especially the magic of the Suba family.”

[Photos by Bong Boado]

Bern Corpino achieves dream of becoming Rotax MAX Ph Junior Champion

Having won 4 out of the 6 rounds in 2022, Bern Corpino is now the newly-crowned Rotax MAX Challenge Philippines Junior Class Champion. And he did it on only his first full season in karting. Though its a bit of a mouthful, the title also earns him an invite to the Grand Finals at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal this coming November.

Bern came into the double-header season finale with a comfortable 25 point lead in the standings. But with 1.5x points at stake on Sunday, even a small error could cost him the title. His closest competitors also had this in mind and will do anything to get ahead.

With a clear objective, Bern set the early pace in the Time Trials on Saturday with a 59.635 sec lap around the Carmona Race Track (CRT). But this did not convert in Qualifying where he was only 3rd across the line, finishing a second behind Joshua Marquez and Ryan Sy. Bern knew that he needed to stay in front if he wanted to keep his championship hopes alive and had to ensure sure not to make the same mistake again. He quickly took the lead in the Finals and never looked back. The #19 BCR Team entry laid down consistent, fast laps to open up a 2.808 secs gap by the time the chequered flag dropped to claim Bern’s first win of the race weekend.

The 15-year-old karter came back even stronger on Sunday as he already had one hand on the championship trophy. He practically dominated every single session, topping the time sheet in Time Trials, finishing 1st in Qualifying with a commanding 7.239 secs advantage, then finally securing the title with another easy win in the Finals.

Bern concludes the 2022 Rotax MAX Challenge Philippines 50 points clear of his closest rival to achieve his dream of becoming the Junior Class Champion. This is now his second Junior Class title of the year, still fresh from claiming the Rok GP Super Karting Series championship just a month ago which earned him an entry to the Rok Cup Superfinal scheduled later this month. He is now busy preparing to for his first international race at South Garda Karting in Lonato, Italy.

Bern Corpino: “I cannot describe my happiness. It has been such a difficult and intense year for me. Winning the last rounds of the season and finishing it on a high is always a good one. I would like to say a big thank you to my family, coach VJ Suba, mechanic kuya Jomar Suba, and VS Racing, and sponsors that supported me. I’m also honored to represent the country in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao. I don’t want to expect too much, but just to put on a good performance there.”

[Photos by Bong Boado]

Vincent Floirendo successfully score TSS trophies at the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Sergio Perez wasn’t the only driver grinning from ear to ear at the Singapore GP. Vincent Floirendo also had a very memorable weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit where he took part in the Thailand Super Series (TSS) support race. Not only did he enjoy his Singapore race debut to the fullest, but also took home a total of 3 trophies in the process.

His #55 Audi R8 LMS Evo II was back to its former white-and-grey livery after suffering a huge shunt at the previous event in Thailand. Now fully restored and fully repaired, Vincent only had a short Free Practice to get re-acquainted with his trusty GT3 machinery and familiarize himself with the 5.063 km circuit (and its 23 corners) before going full send in Qualifying. Quite impressively, in a session riddled with yellow and red flags, the Filipino driver still made it into the Top 10 amongst a 22-car grid.

But just when he was starting to get comfortable going around the Marina Bay Street Circuit at speed, it rained right before Race 1 making driving very tricky on the limit. The 25-minute race saw many yellow flags as several cars on slicks pirouetted in the slippery conditions. Vincent saw this as an opportunity to move up from P10 on the grid to P5 as he made the most out of the extra grip he had gambling on wets. His charge through the field, however, was cut short when his Audi R8 LMS suddenly lost electrical power and stopped abruptly in the middle of the track. It was down to pure luck that he was collected by the other drivers as they whizzed past his stricken car at speed. It was also luck that got his #55 car to fire back up and get going again. Though now down in P18, Vincent wasn’t quite ready to give up just yet. He got his head down and once again fought his way through the field. The lone Filipino driver on the grid drove heroically in the closing stages to get back up to 5th overall where he would finish and earn a well-deserved 3rd place in his class.

Race 2 in the afternoon was held in the dry, but proved to be just as tricky. While the electrical issues on his #55 Audi R8 LMS Evo II no longer returned, it was the scorching Singaporean weather that made things difficult for Vincent. Lasting a full 25 minutes under the heat and humidity was one thing, holding onto position was another. He would start from P5 on the grid, avoided the all mess that happened between the leaders up front, and settled into a comfortable race pace. But with only a few laps to go, he was hounded by a 911 GT3 R that was desperately trying to find a way past. He held his ground for as long as he could, but instead of risking a collision and a DNF, he let the Porsche through to secure 6th overall and 4th place in class.

It was mission accomplished for Vincent, who got to take home 3 trophies from the Marina Bay Street Circuit whilst battling against Pro drivers. Still shaking off the highs from the Singapore GP, he will be back on track later this month at the Buriram International Circuit in Thailand where he’ll share his #55 Audi R8 LMS GT3 with Markus Winkelhock in the Pro/Am Class.

Vincent Floirendo: “Racing at the Marina Bay Street Circuit was a great experience. The atmosphere was mega as we were an F1 support race. This was my first time to drive with that much people watching and with lots of Pinoys in the grandstands, I made sure I did my best. I’m very happy with my results. There were 2 pro drivers ahead of us and still I got to take home 3 trophies from Singapore.”

Access Plus Racing title defense take a hit after PSBK circus at BRC

With 1.5x points up for grabs, Access Plus Racing knew that they needed to deliver consistent strong results at the Philippine Superbike Championship’s penultimate event to keep their championship hopes alive. But while Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto and Lawrence Macalinao would come home with a dominant class win a piece, both also suffered similar misfortunes at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC).

The team tested extensively on the 3.500 km track ahead of the race weekend to get as much performance out of their red-and-white Ducati Panigale V4Rs. Their efforts were rewarded with track position during Qualifying with TJ setting a 1:33.889 lap, missing out on pole by only 0.052 secs. Lawrence, on the other hand, was over a second faster than the rest of the Intermediate Class riders to put him P4 on the grid.

TJ began his title defense on Sunday morning with a clean launch off the launch. However, as he started to lean his bike and aimed for the first corner, another rider uncharacteristically overshot the turn and slammed hard into TJ. Luckily he escaped with only a sore wrist, while his Ducati Panigale V4R and championship hopes were in pieces. Now racing the team’s colors all by himself, Lawrence delivered a solid performance and ensured that Access Plus Racing does not come out empty handed. Not only did he cross the finish line with a 10.517 secs lead to win in the Intermediate Class, but also achieved his very first overall class podium.

After his earlier DNF, TJ resumed his tile chase from P12 on the grid while his closest rival Marvin Mangulabnan was starting from pole. The Access Plus Racing rider rocketed off the line and was up to P2 by the second corner. He then proceeded to chase after Mangulabnan and his championship hopes. TJ had to ride successively quick laps to catch up and took the lead 2 laps from the end. It would have been a dream to have both Ducati riders win in their respective classes, but Lawrence sadly never saw the chequered flag. He was far ahead in the Intermediate Class en route towards another win, but lost control over a bumpy section of the track.

From leading the championship, Access Plus Racing is now playing catchup after their two DNFs as the Philippine Superbike Championship heads to the season finale at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) in November.

TJ Alberto, #77: “The weekend was quite different than what the team and I expected. We had full confidence that we’d be competitive based on our pace in testing. But the first race was over even before I reached turn one. It was very disappointing that we worked so hard all season to maintain our lead in the championship to be taken away in an instant. Despite injuring my hand I pushed hard to win and keep our championship hopes alive. Our focus now is on the finale in Clark and we’ll keep pushing.”

Lawrence Macalinao, #26: “We did a great job in the morning where we were able to finish 1st in the Intermediate Class and finish 2nd overall after the incident with the front runners. We’ve been running consistent lap time all weekend and I’m very happy with that. It was just unfortunate that I crashed out in Race 2 while in the class lead after losing the bike on a bumpy portion of the track. It was not the perfect weekend, but I’m just relieved that TJ is ok. Only one round to go and we need to finish well in both race to keep our title chase alive.”

Toti Alberto, Team Principal: “Coming into the weekend, the team was quite confident as we had positive results from testing a few days prior. Both TJ and Lawrence were able to set good lap times in BRC and we knew we could do well on Sunday. It’s just very disappointing that our hard work was undone on the very first corner of the very first lap when TJ was hit from behind. Still, we’re thankful to God that TJ was ok and was able to race in the afternoon where he made a remarkable comeback from 12th on the grid to win. Also proud of Lawrence on how much he as improved. He added to our tally of wins and finished 2nd overall as an Intermediate Class rider.”

Access Plus Racing is sponsored by Ducati Philippines, Angkas, Essenza, Frontrow, Katinko, Makati Diamond Residences, Italtrans, Aella, Apex, Extreme Components, Lv8, Macbeth, Ohlins, and STM, with Motoworld and Teagumps.

Access Plus Racing needs consistency to keep PSBK title hopes alive at BRC

Access Plus Racing cannot afford any mistakes this weekend when the Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) returns the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC). As 1.5x points will be awarded for the final rounds of 2022, a crash, technical issue, or rider error will prove too costly as the team only holds onto a slim points lead in both the Overall and Intermediate Classes.

Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto enjoyed a clean sweep of the all the races when the PSBK visited the Clark International Speedway last month. Although he could only manage P3 in a rain-affected Qualifying session, he had no issues rocketing to the front during both Sunday races and win in dominant fashion onboard the #77 Ducati Panigale V4. This not only gave him a much-deserved confidence boost, but also extended his lead in the Overall and Expert Class standings to 19 points.

Lawrence Macalinao was also flying on his #26 Ducati and lapped a lot quicker than the other Intermediate Class riders. His pace would secure him a commanding race win, finishing 28.823 secs ahead of everyone else in his category. However, he lost control of his bike while attempting to set a personal best lap record around the 4.189 km and threw away what could have been an easy 1st place finish. This puts him on a slight back foot in the championship standings and needs a trouble-free weekend to secure the class lead.

Round 5 of the Philippine Superbike Championship takes place on October 1 and 2, with Qualifying scheduled on Saturday at 2:30 PM. Race 1 and 2 takes place on Sunday at 9:20 AM and 1:55 PM, respectively live streamed on the MoRac Facebook page.

TJ Alberto, #77: “The team had a productive test last week and the results showed a lot of promise. We’re now quite confident heading into the fifth round of the season and aim to extend our points lead. 19 points is not a lot, but the plan is to add to our tally of race wins this year. There’s also a 1.5x multiplier on points, so it’s important to be consistent and keep our focus on the championship.”

Lawrence Macalinao, #26: “We’re down to the last 2 rounds in PSBK and our sights are still on the championship. It’s going to be tough and I really need to deliver 2 solid finishes this weekend as there are 1.5x more points being awarded. Hopefully things go my way and get closer to the Intermediate Class title.”

Toti Alberto, Team Principal: “Going into the last 2 rounds of the season with a points multiplier of 1.5x, all I asked from both TJ and Lawrence is to take it easy, finish on the podium, and we’ll be ok. BRC has a habit of throwing surprises and Access Plus Racing will be ready whatever comes our way.”

Access Plus Racing is sponsored by Ducati Philippines, Angkas, Essenza, Frontrow, Katinko, Makati Diamond Residences, Italtrans, Aella, Apex, Extreme Components, Lv8, Macbeth, Ohlins, and STM, with Motoworld and Teagumps.

Daryl DeLeon Taylor crowned SR1 Cup UK champion in title decider at Donington

Coming into the season ender with a 54 point lead at Donington Park, Daryl DeLeon Taylor only needed to finish 4th or higher to take the 2022 title. His championship hopes, however, nearly slipped through his fingers after an early DNF. But the Filipino-British driver later turned things around with a 2nd place finish to secure him the Radical SR1 Cup UK crown.

The weekend was not trouble-free for Daryl. His white-and-gold #2 SR1 encountered an upright failure followed by a snapped wishbone during testing, that while easy to repair, would have been costly if it were to happen during a race. Valour Racing was able to quickly sort things out and sent the 17-year-old out in time for Qualifying.

As expected, Daryl was again the fastest SR1 driver around the 4.020 km circuit. He set a time of 1:34.302, which was enough to put him on pole for both races.

With his streak of podium finishes this year, Race 1 should have been and easy lights-to-flag victory with the title in tow. But a slow start dropped him to P4 before fighting back to regain 2 spots on just the opening lap. Daryl then began his chase for the lead and the championship, that was until another driver lost control and collided with the #2 machine. Unfortunately, the impact caused terminal damage that forced Daryl out of the race.

Despite the DNF, his championship hopes was still very much alive. Daryl would again start from pole in Race 2 and this time stayed in the lead over the next few laps. However, he knew that he couldn’t quite match the pace of the car behind and instead of taking risks just to stay in front, Daryl let his closest title rival Ben Caisley go by because as long as he can finish 4th or higher, the title was his. A safety car period then bunched the entire field up where he found himself defending for position after the restart. After spending a few tense laps trading places, Daryl eventually opened a comfortable gap as he headed towards the chequered flag in 2nd to become the 2022 Radical SR1 Cup UK Champion.

Looking back at the season, Daryl DeLeon Taylor would collect 7 race wins and 2 podium finishes to claim the 2022 title by 8 points.

Daryl DeLeon Taylor: “On the 10th anniversary of the championship and also the 25th anniversary of Radical Motorsport, I’m very proud to be crowned the 2022 SR1 British Champion. I worked really hard for it even beating professional and factory drivers, but I must acknowledge that it would be impossible for me to do this without the support and hard work from everyone from Valour Racing. I would also like to thank Radical Motorsport for an amazing series and all of their on and off track support.”

Daryl DeLeon Taylor is supported by Train Maintenance Services (TMS).

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Miguel and Shaniah Quiñones haul 2022 titles in Rok GP triple header

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Quiñones siblings Miguel and Shaniah have really stepped up their game in 2022. After a quick “warm up” at the Rotax MAX Challenge in Malaysia early in the year, the pair proceeded to dominate the Rok GP Super Karting Series as soon as the season got underway. Their combined efforts would earn Dr. Q Motorsports a total of 4 wins and 2 podium finishes over 6 events, placing Miguel and Shaniah 1st and 3rd in the championship.

The 2022 title was decided over a triple-header weekend with Rounds 4, 5, and 6 crammed into 2 days of racing in September. Miguel had a 22 point lead heading to the Carmona Race Track (CRT), while younger sister Shaniah had a bit more work to do as she was in 4th in the Senior Class standings.

Miguel kicked off the weekend where he had left off, topping the time sheets in Round 4. He was pipped by title rival Gabriel Carag in the Qualifying Heat by a mere 0.172 secs, but left the entire field in a spray of mist during the rain-soaked Finals as he crossed the line with a massive 6.271 secs advantage. Shaniah was also on pace, setting the 3rd fastest time in Time Trial in Qualifying. However, the lady karter struggled in the wet and could only manage 4th in the Finals.

Due to several on-track incidents in Round 5, their worlds were turned upside down on Sunday morning. Miguel in the #45 kart was down in 4th in Qualifying with Shaniah in 5th. Things only went from bad to worse in the Finals when Miguel was tagged by several other karters that sent him to the back. Though he managed to fight his way back up to 2nd, a drop bumper penalty relegated him to 4th place. Shaniah also ran out of luck when contact with another forced her into a DNF. While she was able to walk away unscathed, the same could not be said of her #48 kart that had to be hurriedly replaced in time for Round 6 in the afternoon.

Shrugging off the previous round’s misfortunes, the Quiñones siblings got their heads down and immediately got to work. Miguel didn’t put a foot wrong and swept both Qualifying and Finals clean to take 1st place. His sister, on the other hand, had to wrestle a newly put-together kart and despite last-minute fixes, was able to finish 4th in the Finals and and add to her points tally.

In the end, Miguel Quiñones would secure the Rok GP Senior Class title by 37 points, adding to his growing tally of championship wins with Rok GP Junior and X30 Junior in ’19, and X30 Senior in ’21. This also earns him a special invite to the Rok Cup Superfinal on the 19th/22nd of October where the best karters around the world are set to compete at South Garda Karting in Lonato, Italy.

Shaniah’s efforts over the triple-header also paid off as her results would allow her to climb one spot in the championship and finish 3rd in the Senior Class standings.

[Photos by Bong Boado]

Detailed list of activities released for 2022 Philippine Motorsport Expo

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This coming October, the Philippine Motorsport Expo (PMX) is attempting to unite the local racing community in a 2-day event at the Blue Bay Walk in Macapagal, Pasay City. It will feature race cars on display, exhibits from race organizers, booths from shops, as well as meet-and-greets with local racing stars just to name a few.

Sounds exciting? Well, we’ve reached out to the organizers and asked for a detailed list on what you should expect during the show.

If what they’re telling us is correct, there should be more than 30 race cars of all shapes and sizes scattered across the grounds. There will also be at least 10 exhibitors by race teams, race organizers and motorsport suppliers. Those who want to meet the local racing heroes can also participate in the panel discussions on Saturday and Sunday afternoon focusing on The Future of Motorsports, Women in Racing, and Racing Safety by the AAP. For those who want to be part of the action, Stregawo Custom and Sim Magic will host a sim racing competition with a special prize to be awarded to whoever can set the best lap time on their rig. Shutterbugs can also join the Motorsport Photography Contest with details to be announced at a later date.

RACE TEAMS/RACE CAR DRIVERS AGR Sport Obengers Racing Ethanworx KHL Motorsport RG Racing Team Milo Rivera Mike Santos AutoPerformance Ph Stefan Ramirez Team Cebu

RACE ORGANIZERS Full Throttle Weekend (FTW) European Touring Car Championship Ph (ETCC Ph) National Slalom Series Philippine Rallycross Series Tuason Racing Super Sprint

EXHIBITORS Island Solutions (DBA, Atech, Weber, Lifeline, All Race Bearing, Raw 4×4, OBD, Porterfield, etc) Packy Auto Parts (Nardi, ATC Racing, HKB Sports, AP Racing, etc) Matt Romualdez Photography PartsPro (KW Suspension, DTE Systems, PIAA, Rota) Hublink

PANEL DISCUSSIONS Future of Motorsport (October 15 @ 4:30PM) with Marlon Stockinger, JP Tuason, and Ivan Isada Women in Racing (October 15 @ 5:30PM) moderated by Gabie Desales, with Bianca Bustamante, Julia delos Angeles, Maila Alivia, and Kathy Villar AAP Racing Safety (October 16 @ 3:30PM) with Milo Rivera

CONTESTS Sim Racing by Stregawo and Sim Magic Motorsport Photography Contest

The Philippine Motorsport Expo 2022 is supported by Eneos Motor Oil, DynoPro Philippines, Metropark, Blue Bay Walk, MetLive, Alpinestars by AutoPerformance Motorsport, Radical Cars Philippines, Recaro, Stregawo/Magdrill, Brembo, Aguila Auto Glass, Walter Sound and Stage Lighting, and the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP).

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This Fil-Brit sim racer and YouTuber is making his Radical SR1 Cup debut

We at Time Attack Manila are always in search for new Filipino racing talent be it local or abroad. But for some reason, we managed to overlook a Filipino-British sim racer and YouTube star based in the UK. His name is Steve Alvarez Brown and as we found out has been given a shot to race in the Radical SR1 Cup this weekend.

Steve first showed interest in the sport way back in the ’90s, following the rivalry of the Schumacher-Hakkinen era. He was then given a go kart for his 11th birthday, took up racing seriously, and competed for the next 21 years in different championships. Somewhere during that time he also got into sim racing, did well playing Gran Turismo, and decided put up his own YouTube channel under the name Super GT. This gig made him so popular that he now has 750,000+ subscribers on YouTube, another 90,000+ followers on Instagram, and has since turned it into a ‘full-time job’. His talent for sim racing and content creation was then noticed by Team Quadrant, which signed him up as a driver. Yes, the company owned and run by McLaren Racing Formula 1 driver Lando Norris.

However, despite spending thousands of hours in the sim, he has never really raced cars in real life ’til this year. All that changed when Steve was given a chance to race in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship at Silverstone earlier this year. That was shortly followed by a VW Fun Cup outing at Oulton Park where he and fellow sim racer Jimmy Broadbent finished on the podium.

This coming 17th/18th of September, he’ll be racing in the real-world once again with a sponsored drive at the Radical SR1 Cup’s season finale. Steve will be competing against 30 other drivers at Donington Park over the weekend and see how well skills learned in virtual reality apply in real-world settings. What’s also interesting is that he’ll be sharing the track with fellow Filipino-British driver Daryl DeLeon Taylor of Valour Racing who happens to be leading the points standings.

For now, this is a one-off outing for Steve. But if he does a good enough job, creates an even better video for YouTube, then he might be able work out a deal with Radical Motorsport to compete in a full season next year.

Steve Alvarez Brown: “I’d like to thank Radical Motorsport for giving me the chance to race their cars. The SR1 is a very fun car to drive – as is the Donington Circuit. I’m particularly looking forward to having quality racing on a competitive grid and my main aim is to enjoy it and maximize my own personal performance out on track.”

Subscribe to Steve on YouTube by subscribing to Super GT and follow him on Instagram @stevealvarezbrown.