Six aspiring Filipino racecar drivers will represent the Philippines to the Nissan GT Academy Asia championship in Silverstone, United Kingdom. The announcement was made during a ceremony at the Mall of Asia Atrium on Wednesday.
Joel Agojo, Daryl Brady, Luis Cachero, Terrence Lallave, Raphael Lesaguis and Jose Policarpio were chosen after three months of elimination process and 30,000 trials held in various locations around the country. The top 20 participants went through a series of virtual and real-life tests to qualify to compete the virtual racing academy.
“I don’t have any words left. Over the past two days, they pushed us right to our absolute limit. I’m just on cloud nine right now,” said Cachero, a 25-year old student in an interview with The Manila Times.
Cachero, who migrated with his family to New Zealand when he was just 10, returned to Manila to join the competition after learning about it in a motoring magazine. He said that he would do his best to make his countrymen proud in the final leg of the competition in the UK.
“This moment right here is the culmination of years of preparation and I just hope I can make the Filipinos proud,” he said.
Cachero added that he would consider it an achievement if one of the Filipino finalists, who have formed a special bond during the competition, would win the crown.
“Sana Filipino manalo. Kahit sino sa amin, basta Filipino. Okay na yun [I just wish a Filipino would win. It doesn’t matter which one of us as long as it will be a Filipino, that would be great],” he concluded.