MIKE POTENCIANO - Amazing new Filipino racers

Part 2 of a series

Our new generation of drivers, Iñigo Anton and Daniel Miranda, were our featured drivers last week in the first part of our amazing new Filipino racers. These two racing champions are quite young but have already made a mark that put them up there in the roster of future motor sports legends.

We have a lot more racers that are doing wonders in their field of expertise and are really making the veterans take notice. Here is another batch of new Filipino racers that we are proud to have seen in action in our present time.

William Go

The first time we saw the young karter William Go was during the first round of the IAME Series Asia that was held at the new Clark International Speedway (CIS) kart track in Pampanga early this year.

Back then, the 10-year old son of Wendell and Virna Go from Cebu won the inaugural IAME Asia Cadet race at the CIS in very convincing fashion. He dominated the race from qualifying to the final heat run, which made him the favorite of the home crowd.

Most of our karters in the other classes were not too lucky as they had problems with incidents in the tracks while others had engine problems that left them out of the podium ceremonies. Go was the only one that was able to bring the Philippine flag to the top podium, and we were all happy to see him there!

The now 11-year old Go, however, had a lot of problems with his engine in rounds 2 and 3 where he fell from the top position. In Round 4, the young karter was able to finish fifth and is still leading the IAME Series Cadet Class championship for 2019.

The karting wonder boy also won two out of two in another series called the Asian Karting Open Championship MiniRok Class. He got the wins in Beijing and Macau, cementing his hold on the championship standings and a spot in our list of amazing new Filipino racers!

Estefano Rivera

This slalom and circuit racer has been in the shadows of his elder brother for quite some time but has now risen on his own! The 22-year-old college student Estefano Rivera is now consistently winning in slaloms and is even beating his elder and more experienced brother Milo.

He has won four legs of the 2019 Phoenix National Slalom Championship and had beaten veteran drivers, including his brother. At first, Milo was thinking of practicing in slaloms for the upcoming circuit races and Asian Gymkhana international events. What he didn’t expect was that Estefano was now well-seasoned and was hard to beat!

We were also amazed at Estefano’s driving skills during the past Toyota Vios Cup races. He displayed very mature and tenacious racecraft, even when the races were held in non-permanent tracks like the Filinvest streets in Alabang, Muntinlupa, and the tracks in SM Cebu. Unfortunately, Estefano wasn’t destined to win the Vios Cup championship yet, as various incidents and mechanical problems took him out of the equation.

This year, Estefano has been drafted by the Obengers Team to run in the FV1 championship. This is a new one-make, spec formula car with a body and a Toyota Vios 1.5-liter stock engine. With its very light package, the small engine makes it ideal for upcoming, skilled drivers to drive the racecar to the limits.

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FV1 has been very competitive this year with a new Japanese driver, Ryo Yamada of the Clean Fuel Team, running as their lead driver. Of the six rounds that have been run, Yamada, like Estefano, has won three. Only 1 point separates the two as of this time. With three more races to go and the points doubled in the final leg, we are expecting a great race in the end!

Alex Brown

There is also another 15-year-old that is actually giving Estefano Rivera some hard time, and he is in the same team as he is! He is Filipino-British driver Alex Brown, who is just an amateur in the FV1 series but has already outqualified Rivera and Yamada in one FV1 round.

Alex started karting in Singapore when he was only four years old. He stirred the local karting scene when he came here when he was only 11. He raced in the very competitive Malaysia karting series and won several races that made him a champion at a very young age.

He has now set his sights on making it to Formula 1 in the future, and we hope we could see him race in that series soon. Brown is another young racer worth watching!
We will have another batch of new and not so new racers next week, and we hope you could stay tuned for that. Godspeed to all!


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