The Automobile Association Philippines’ Motor Sport Development Program (AAP-MSDP) aims to develop young persons for competition in motor sports.
But for AAP Motor Sport Department Operations Manager Mark Desales, it is more than just driving fast. It is about the Zen of driving.
Desales said that aside from teaching young participants (ages 16-19) the proper driving techniques, the MSDP instills the right attitude towards driving.
“At this point, they already know how to drive. What we are teaching the kids about driving with the right approach, not just on the track, but in everyday life as well,” he said.
MSDP head instructor Vip Isada—who is a ten-time National Rally Champion—added they are also teaching the dynamics of the student’s racecar, how it performs and letting them understand the discipline needed for racecar driving,
“We are providing a holistic approach on how these participants can use their race cars to the fullest potentials, and how to take good care of it and one’s self as well. In short, we want them to cultivate a ‘winning attitude’ when inside a motor vehicle,” Isada said.
Vip Isada, his son and fellow rally driver Ivan, along with topnotch motor sports competitors, comprise the pool of MSDP instructors. The other instructors are Robbie Hermoso (seven-time national co-driver and navigator champion), Art Guevara ( the only Filipino rally driver to win two titles: as National Rally Champion in 2000 and Navigator Champion in 2003), Bebot Reyes (a highly-experienced race organizer and official) and Milo Rivera (2014 National Slalom Champion and FIA Young Driver Ambassador.)
AAP-MSDP AT BACOLOD AND DAVAO
Recently, the MSDP instructors went to Bacolod and Davao to conduct another round of classroom-type lectures and practical tests that combine road safety and motor sports driving techniques. A total of 21 participants joined the sessions in the two venues.
The MSDP training program is segmented into nine different modules. Each module or training session consists of 3-4 hours of lectures and 4-5 hours of practical exams.
Desales expressed optimism that more participants will join upcoming activities. “We believe that there are a lot of talented young drivers out there who are capable of being the next racing sensation. This program fully subsidizes them while honing their abilities for motor sports.”
He said that they are continuously receiving positive feedback from the participants, as the youngsters are starting to develop a deeper understanding of motor sports.
INSTRUCTORS GEAR UP FOR MANILA LEG
The organizers and instructors are gearing up for the next MSDP program slated on August 29 (Monday, National Heroes Day) at Mega Tent, Libis, Quezon City.
Those interested in joining the MSDP can register online on its Facebook page, “Motor Sport Development Program.” All qualified participants will be notified regarding the details of the next program session. Enrollment is done online and slots are limited per session only.
The AAP-MSDP is co-presented by Mazda Philippines, in partnership with Seaoil, and is supported by Dynamics Suspension, Autoperformance PH, Aeromed Ambulance Transport, Walter Light and Sounds, Time Attack Manila, Rota Wheels, Hazardboy Performance, TS Tuning, FORS, Race Motor Sports Club, Speedlab, Hotpipes, K&N Performance and Dynapack.