FIA Gives AAP e-Karts and Driving Simulators to Boost Grassroots Motor Sport
FIA president Jean Todt, FIA Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker and Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK) president Felipe Massa formally turned over two birelART e-karts to AAP president Gus Lagman last June 5 at the SM Mall of Asia concert crounds after the FIA Sport Conference 2018 motor sport demonstrations.
Aside from the two e-karts, the FIA also gave AAP two Playseat driving simulators to help the club in attracting younger generations to get involved in motor sport.
The new simulators are similar to the equipment used during the FIA Gran Turismo games which simulate the experience of driving a virtual race car. A big monitor is hooked up in front of the driving seat where the steering wheel and pedals are connected.
A more basic driving simulator that AAP previously had was turned over in 2016 to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group as part of AAP’s road safety advocacy.
The AAP currently uses another driving simulator in its nationwide grassroots Motor Sport Development Program (MSDP) which is headed by lead instructor Vip Isada to teach aspiring young drivers the proper and safe driving techniques in preparation for motor sport competition.
Launched three years ago with a grant from the FIA Foundation, AAP’s MSDP has trained more than 1,500 young drivers ages 17 to 19. The MSDP recently concluded Module 1 at Ocean Cove Talon of Filinvest, Davao City and Megaworld Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City and hopes to do more sessions across the country this year.
Motor Sport Exhibitions Showcase Local Talent
On June 5, French Cross Car Champion Benjamin Papillon and Philippine National Slalom Champion Milo Rivera showed extreme driving skills using two x cross cars brought in by the FIA. Although the cross car event was just a demonstration, Rivera outperformed Papillon twice: the first time, driving one of the x cross cars and a second time when he switched cars with the French driver after the latter complained that the cross car he drove had not been properly prepared.
Following the cross car demonstration, young drifters Luis Gono, John Boban, Boodie Dabasol, Mark Bernardo and Adan Fowler got to display amazing car control during the drifting exhibition.
The fifteen-year-old Gono even got to show his drifting expertise to FIA Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker who rode shotgun in his car.
On June 6, the much-awaited e-Karting exhibition with CIK-FIA president Felipe Massa was scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia grounds beside Bay Shore Avenue.
“Karting is where it all started. I hope that like me, these young drivers get to enjoy the experience too,” said Massa who began karting at age 8.
Local karters John Dizon, Dylan Sy, William Go, Gaby Garcia and Tara Laconico were given several chances to beat Massa’s official reference time of 35.819 seconds. But the former Formula One driver’s benchmark speed proved to be unbeatable.
While the e-Karting demo was ongoing, an intense battle was also taking place on the other side of the grounds. Jevoy Moreno, Richard Gallardo, Carlos Inigo Anton, Carlos Marzo, Robert Tan, Kody Ng, Paolo Arespacochaga and Armand Marcaida, most of whom are MSDP finalists, were fiercely competing in the gymkhana race.
In the end, Moreno took first place followed by Carlos Inigo Anton in second and Kody Ng in third.
Aside from the major sponsors of the FIA Sport Conference 2018, the AAP would also like to thank Aeromed Ambulance Transport, SM Mall of Asia, Autoperformance PH and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for contributing to the successful and safe execution of the motor sport demonstrations.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Malou Samson, Petron Corp. chair Ramon S. Ang, AAP president Gus Lagman, FIA president Jean Todt, DOT Undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez, AAP Travel and Tourism Committee chair Mina Gabor and DOT National Capital Region director Cynthia Lazo at the gala night, Manila Polo Club.
FIA Asia-Pacific coordinator and China ASN president Wan Heping, FIA president Jean Todt, AAP president Gus Lagman and FIA deputy president for sport Graham Stoker cut the ribbon to open the MotorEx.
VIP delegates to the FIA Sport Conference 2018 were transported in more than a dozen chauffered BMW 7 and BMW 5 Series cars loaned for the event by SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the Philippine importer and distributor of BMW vehicles. Motorcycle policemen escorted the FIA SC vehicles.
As the Official Vehicle Partner of the FIA SC 2018, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) provided 10 H350 vans to bring delegates to and from social events and to the tourist sites included in the Spouse Program.
After the FIA Sport Conference 2018, the FIA gave the AAP two PlaySeat Sport driving simulators to help the club attract younger generations to get involved in motor sport.
French cross car champion Benedict Papillon and FIA Asian gymkhana champion Milo Rivera, who is also the 2017 Philippine Slalom Driver of the Year, with the x cross cars they demonstrated racing.
Jovey Moreno in his 1994 Honda Civic EG won the auto gymkhana competition during the June 06 motor sport demonstrations of the FIA Sport Conference 2018.
Mark Bernardo joined the drifting demonstration in a Nissan Silvia sports coupe.