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AAP opens 2nd Motor Sport Development Program

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The Automobile Association Philippines is seeking more participants to join the 2nd Motor Sport Development Program (MSDP) after the successful launch of the 1st MSDP last August.

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The MSDP is the first nationwide grassroots racing program developed by AAP with a grant from the Paris-based Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) which governs all four-wheel motor sport worldwide

“We know that there are a lot of talented young drivers out there who have what it takes to be the next racing sensation,” AAP Motor Sport Department Operations Manager Mark Desales said. “Through this program, we want to hone their abilities, not just for them to be better drivers, but also for the growth of local motor sport.”

“We are targeting persons ages 16- to 19 at the grassroots level who are talented drivers, physically fit and have ‘a champion attitude,” Desales added.

SCHEDULE
Desales revealed the schedule of the 2nd MSDP, which consists of classroom-type lectures, hands-on workshops and practical driving tests featuring road safety and motor sport driving techniques.

Aside from Metro Manila, the 2nd MSDP will be held in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

This year’s program kicks off in Metro Manila at Megatent, Libis, Quezon City on March 12-13 for Modules 1-3, followed by Module 4-6 and workshops at AAP 28 EDSA office on April 2, June 12, and 26. On September 4, AAP EDSA will host Modules 7-9 of the MSDP program and on November 12-13, the MSDP returns to Libis for the final set of Module 1.

Meanwhile, in northern Luzon, young drivers will be tapped for Module 1 of the MSDP program as the instructors head to Cagayan de Oro on July 10 and October 15 in Dagupan.

The MSDP instructors will fly to the Visayas region to organize a new set of Modules 1-3 on May 14-15 in Bacolod, and i on June 18-19 in Cebu. Modules 4-6 for Bacolod will be held on July 16-17 in Bacolod and September 16-17 in Cebu.

In Davao, potential MSDP participants may join Modules 1-3 on April 23-24 and Modules 4-6 on September 24-25.

FIRST BATCH OF FINALISTS
The five finalists chosen from the 1st MSDP—Jero Consing from the Bacolod leg, Raymond Ryan Cudala, Chenee Hazel Ang Jimenez, Patrick Oliver Bautista, Bernard Michael Santos, and Paolo Ivan Santos from Manila— will undergo further motor sport training under AAP’s MSDP instructors.

They will compete in various motor sport events such as Slalom, Time Attack and Endurance races lined up for the year.

HOW TO JOIN THE MSDP
Those interested in joining the MSDP can register online on its Facebook page entitled, “Motor Sport Development Program.” All qualified participants will be notified regarding the details of the next program session.

The MSDP is supported by Mazda Philippines, Aeromed Ambulance Transport and Autoperformance PH.

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