November 06, 2022 By Francis G. Pallarco Words: by Jill Elicano-Tan Photos: by Marcian Ocampo (Team PMX)

STRICTLY RACING The 1ST Philippine Motorsport Expo

The first-ever Philippine Motorsport Expo was recently concluded at Blue Bay Walk in Pasay City. The 2-day motorsports expo offered visitors a glance into the exhilarating world of racing through its numerous booths and activities.  Among the highlights of the two-day event included the panel discussions moderated by champion racer Milo Rivera. The very first panel featured Radical Cars Race Director and former Lotus F1 young driver Marlon Stockinger, Tuason Racing CEO and entrepreneur JP Tuason, Automobile Association of the Philippines Motorsport Manager Ivan Isada, and AutoPerformance PH President Francis Aguila discussing the future of Philippine racing.  Also well attended was the Women in Motorsport panel with W series driver and karting champion Bianca Bustamante, Team Philippines Gymkhana driver Gabie Desales, off-road racer and Vios Cup driver Maila Alivia, and karter and Vios Cup racer Julia delos Angeles.

The first panel on Sunday, October 16 had a stimulating discussion on How to Get into Motorsports with Super Sprint and Grupo Toyota founder Robert Tan, PartsPro General Manager Billy Billano, Ensport and Radical Cars driver Stefan Ramirez, Full Throttle Weekend founder and Race Director EZ Ligaya, Multi-Champion Inigo Anton, and AutoPerformance President Francis Aguila.  The last panel of the weekend featured karters Akhina Santos, Axel Nocom, and Ethan Ong, as well as Vios Cup drivers Wakkeen Garrido, Russel Cabrera, and Jarond Mesina.

There were over 50 race cars and karts on display by racecar drivers, from drift cars, exotics, off roaders, several Toyota Vios Cup cars, and even a Radical SR1.  Also on display, and well loved by racers and the general public, was the Mendokoro Ramenba food truck. Visitors also flocked to the sim-racing booth by Stregawo and tried their hand racing various disciplines on the 3 full-motion rigs. Kids and adults alike also had a go at riding the ekarts on display by Ekart Raceway.  Race organizers Full Throttle Weekend, Philippine Rallycross Championship, National Drift Championships by Backstage Events, Batangas Racing Circuit/Clark International Speedway, Slalom racing by Race Motorsports Club, Philippine Autocross Championships, ETCC, Radical, and Super Sprint were also all present for car enthusiasts to visit.

The numerous booths including Packy Auto Parts, Matthew Romuldez Photography, PartsPro, Island Automotive Solutions, Hublink, X-1R, European Touring Car Championship, Runstop, Carbon 101, FMS Molotov, Autoshocker, Ekart Raceway, GS Battery, and the Automobile Association of the Philippines had car guys shopping to their hearts’ content.  Car club meets, and a die-cast car swap meet and bazaar by the Diecast Car Collectors Club of the Philippines (DCPH) were also held next door at Met Live mall.

The two-day event was capped off by a short awarding ceremony presenting Plaques of Appreciation to the event partners and the winners of the Best Time at the Sim Racing Challenge. Rallycross Challenge Best Time went to Russel Reyes while the top gun for the Radical Challenge was Luis Moreno.

The Philippine Motorsport Expo 2022 was powered by Toyota Motor Philippines, Eneos, Dynopro, Metropark, Blue Bay Walk, Met Live, and supported by Alpinestars by AutoPerformance Motorsport, Radical Ph, Recaro Philippines, All Terrain Garage, Stregawo Custom, Anzahl, Aguila Glass, and Walter Sound and Stage Lighting.

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