Young racer Estefano Rivera topped two races of the third and final leg of the Toyota Vios Cup Season 2 held at the Manila Bay Circuit in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on Sunday.
Rivera, an 18-year old college student taking up Manufacturing Engineering at the De La Salle University, also turned in the fastest lap of the day.
“I feel great and blessed to be able to achieve these awards in a young age. Honestly, I think it is an advantage to be racing at a young age because both your mind and body are fresher and more relaxed as well,” Rivera told The Manila Times.
The young driver from Toyota Alabang Motorsports explained he went through rigorous training but found the makeshift racetrack at the MOA Complex challenging.
“It [make-shift track] was harder but it was actually more fun to be honest, since it was challenging and something new. It’s harder to overtake and easier to make mistakes in a makeshift track,” he explained.
Racing since he was 14, Rivera stressed that he is now looking to taking his skills to the next level of competition after his successful stint in the Vios Cup 2 series.
“At first I treated them [racing]as hobbies but as I became more competitive, I took my racing more seriously and hopefully I can compete more pro races and even international ones in the future,” he claimed.
Rivera advised aspiring racecar drivers to take their craft seriously because motor sport is also dangerous.
“I advise them to take racing seriously since it is a dangerous sport and to prepare [for]each race physically and mentally. A race is not just won on the track but also off the track which is being close to your team, understanding your car, and being fit physically and mentally days before the race,” he added.