THE Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), the country’s authority in motorsports, gave out awards in recognition of sporting achievements in the fiscal year of 2014 during a special ceremony at the recently concluded Manila International Autoshow 2015.
Among the top awardees in this year’s AAP Motorsports Awards is Luis Gono of Team Obengers-Motul. Gono made motorsports history as the first Toyota Vios Cup Champion. “He is the embodiment of the future of Philippine Motorsports, “ ssaid Mandy Eduque, AAP Director and Motorsports Chairman.
Gono fought his way to win the 2014 Vios Cup against aggressive drivers and seasoned racers. “My training fell through and the advice of my Uncle Mike Anton and Tito Pacho Blanco helped me a lot during the crucial moments of the final leg. This award also goes out to my Dad for always being there for me at every race, and his words of encouragement pushed me to do good. I would also like to thank the management of Toyota North Edsa, Tito Cosco Oben, Miguel Marius, Jun and Maui Santos for the logistical support,” said the young Gono.
Prior to becoming the first Vios Cup Champion, Luis Gono was a champion karter. He started racing at the age of 13, with businessman Ramon Ang as his first true believer which gave him a competition-ready kart to win the second quarter 2012 season championship.
Gono is also the country’s youngest drift racer with consistent top finishes and even impressed Keichi Tsuchiya, the Drift King himself with his smooth performance on track driving a custom-built Nissan S13 Sylvia by Autoplus, a renowned tuning firm based in San Juan City, Metro Manila.