• THE AAP CORNER

    November’s trick or treats in motor sport

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    The time for trick or treats officially ended when Halloween was celebrated last month, with children deserving sweets after dressing up in costumes. For motor sport fans and drivers, however, the fun continues in November because of the events lined up by the motor sport department of the Automobile Association Philippines.

    Some of the most exciting races will be staged this month of November.

    First up would be the sixth and final leg of the Philippine Touring Car Championship (PTCC) series to be held at the Clark International Speedway on November 7-8. The PTCC series is organized by AAP and is promoted by the Philippine Race Car Drivers Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Grand Touring Championships Series.

    Meanwhile, another treat for motor sport enthusiasts is the 11th leg of the AAP-sanctioned Slalom series to be held on November 8 at Robinson’s in Fairview, Quezon City.

    The heart-pounding excitement generated by slalom racing will be followed by continuous no tricks, all treats education via the officials training program, back-to-back with the AAP-FIA Motor Sport Development Program for the grassroots level on November 20-22.

    Launched last August 30 at the Megatent in Libis, Quezon City, AAP’s grassroots racing program consists of classroom-type lectures and practical driving tests combining road safety and motor sport driving techniques for young drivers aged 16 to 19.

    The grassroots racing program aims to inject fresh young talent in local motor sport in order to grow Philippine motor sport and elevate its standards. It has received a grant from the FIA (International Automobile Federation), the Paris-based organization that governs all four-wheeled motor sport worldwide including Formula One, the World Rally Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. AAP is the only Philippine affiliate of FIA.

    Finally, more treats to come as November is about to end are the eighth leg of the Drag racing series slated on the 28th at the Clark International Speedway, alongside the “Waku-Doki” 4th and final leg of the Toyota Vios Cup Season 2 at the Subic Bay International Airport on November 28-29, 2015.

    Around 41 drivers plus eight celebrities— Derek Ramsay, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Kylie Padilla, Sam YG, Joyce Pring, Jinno Rufino, Phoemela Baranda and Fabio Ide—will compete in this years’ final Vios Cup showdown.

    “All these events are to be done scientifically and will be carefully managed by trained professionals,” AAP Motor Sport Operations Manager Mark Desales said. “Despite the hectic schedule, we will make sure that the officials and racers are reinforced with the proper skills and knowledge to join the line-up.”

    Desales also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the supporters and followers of the local motor sport scene, saying that such events would not be successful without them.

    “Even if this month would be tiring, the treats for everyone who is into motor sport would be no trick. The stakeholders have assured fun and excitement for all those who will be involved,” Desales said.

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