June 14, 2022 By Francis G. Pallarco

Mazda Philippines Successfully Holds Round 1 of MSCC Miata Spec Series

The inaugural season of the MSCC Miata Spec Series went underway at the Clark International Speedway. Last June 11, twenty race-prepped Mazda MX-5 took to the track for Round 1 of the four round race series. “This is a dream come true not just for us at Mazda Philippines, but for the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC) as well,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “It was a long time coming, and it’s the result of our blood, sweat, and tears. It’s truly a passion project, and I’m glad that MSCC members were able to celebrate driving with the most-raced car in the world—the MX-5.”  Amidst the scorching heat, Allan Uy in Car No. 99 scored an outstanding victory in Race 1 with a 4.455-second gap over second place Paul Henderson Perez in Car No. 77. Angie King, in Car #12, completed the top three finishers.  As the temperatures dropped slightly for Race 2, Uy once again dominated with a 2.047-second gap to the fast-charging King who had to settle for second place. Juha Turalba in Car No.8 ended up in third. Uy also had the fastest time of the day lapping the 4.189-kilometer Clark International Speedway in just2 minutes 19.125 seconds with an average speed of 108.679 km/h.

 

All MSCC Miata Spec Series cars are identical, and therefore proves to be a real test of driving skill throughout the ten-lap race. The MSCC Miata Spec Series MX-5 uses a showroom stock 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine mated to a 6-speed Skyactiv manual transmission. In order to extract even more grip, the suspension components have been upgraded and reinforced with CUSCO sports coil overs and chassis braces. A custom stainless steel exhaust system, developed by local company Drift Xaust, maximizes air flow and enhances the aggressive racing note emanating from the MX-5’s 181-horsepower mill. A Sparco competition steering wheel, racing seat, harness and safety net, along with a new CUSCO racing roll cage, are all installed in each car to secure the drivers’ control and safety. All Miata Spec Series cars come fitted with GT Radial Champiro SX2 tires mounted on custom 17 x 8.0 J Rota Strike wheels.

The MSCC Miata Spec Series is sponsored by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, GT Radial tires, and Rota Wheels. With Round 1 in the books, the remaining race dates are scheduled for August 27 th (Race 3 and 4), October 22 nd (Race 5 and 6), and November 26 th (Race 7 and 8). All races will be held at the Clark International Speedway. Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. (Mazda Philippines) is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Mazda Philippines’ exemplary after-sales service record has been ranked #1 in the industry twice–in the 2016 and 2019 J.D. Power Customer Service Index Study. There are 16 Mazda 3S dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila – Mazda Greenhills, Mazda Pasig, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda Makati, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Sta. Rosa, Mazda Pulilan, Mazda Pampanga, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Negros, Mazda Cagayan De Oro, and  Mazda Davao. 

 

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