Filipinos are making their presence felt in the international sporting community—this time in motorsports.
Team Suzuki Pilipinas was the epitome of Pinoy pride with a first-place finish in Race 2 of the Suzuki Asian Challenge last leg, held from December 2 to 4 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
Thirty-year-old Mario Borbon paved the way for the Philippine national anthem to be played at the racetrack for the first time, after a podium finish clocking in at 2:16.781. He actually had a slow start during the practice race and was just able to catch up in the following rounds.
"Ang pakiramdam ko lang ay sobrang saya na nakuha ko yung championship, at dahil yun sa asawa at anak ko at sa mga kababayan kong nagdarasal para amin," he tells us via Facebook Messenger.
Filipino teammate EJ Sobretodo's collision with a Sri Lankan rider in the final turn allowed Borbon to nab first place and hold onto the lead the rest of the way.
He shares, "Isang linggo bago kami pumunta ng Thailand, nag-eensayo na kaming tatlo (ng mga ka-team ko) at pinaghandaan ang karerang ito. Nasa Buriram (province) ang isa sa mga pinakamagandang racetrack kaya ginawa namin lahat at talagang nagpakondisyon kami."
With that, Team Suzuki Pilipinas was able to bring home its second championship title at the SAC this season. Borbon finished seventh place overall in the race series, while Sobretodo and Mindanaoan April King Mascardo ranked fifth and sixth in the end, respectively.
Expect more impressive showings in the speed track from the Pinoy contingent future international racing events.