Safety Car Stories

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As many of you know in the local motorsports scene, I’ve been called on the other year to become the safety car driver for the Vios Cup. I’ve been producing some pictures, short clips, and videos from time to time (especially in Instagram) but I’ve been trying something out new. Vlogging. It wasn’t intentional since I really haven’t been keenly following any YouTubers, vloggers, or the like. I kind of just knew of the concept of a vlog. I wasn’t really trying to tell much of a story. Instead, I shot the video where many race fans would call driving the safety car, a “dream job”. So just to let many into what actually happens in our tinted-rolling office, I started making these short videos.

Recently,  I followed this same format of video style for the MSDP reports (to be featured on the next blog update). After a couple of those videos I’ve been introduced by friends to some YouTube channels of vloggers, not particularly in motorsports, but just regular vloggers. I think they’re actually pretty cool now that such a thing really does exist, and as it becomes a norm online (so excuse me if I lived under a rock).

I’ve backlogged in creating these videos the “Safety Car Stories” as what we call it with my safety car partner, Ivan (pronounced with a Russian accent). So here I just made the lacking video of the final round from 2015 in Subic, the first half of the Vios Cup Season 3 in Clark, and the Filinvest Alabang Street Circuit. The rest of the playlist backs to the very first time I helped in the safety car in Cebu City, and even my very first experience as a safety car driver.

The YouTube playlist of Safety Car Stories…

We haven’t exactly pulled it off as smoothly but we’re getting there… Besides, we’re already doing real work. The vlog just keeps us busy. It makes us do something productive inside the car since we almost have to stay in there for the rest of the weekend. Pretty much like close to forever. See you around curious peeps! Enjoy the videos, like it, comment, subscribe to it!

2015 Final Round Subic…

New Season 2016 in Clark…

Back to (legal) street racing at Alabang…

Bridgestone Tire Track Test

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Hey, it’s been a while. In fact it’s been nearly a year since posting. Looking back, the MX-5 post has been the last I’ve actually posted. I am still busy in the scene and industry (I mostly update in my social media sites at the moment), but I guess now would be a good time to update the blog. And once again, jump start this blog. It hasn’t been easy to be present online all the time but here’s a post to kick things off.

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As my first post for 2016, but not the first of things I have been doing, was this track tire test for Bridgestone. The company was looking for an extra professional driver to do some tire tests and AAP pointed me out for the job.  I gladly accepted knowing I’d be somewhere behind the scenes. I guess not. So here’s some footage to do the talking for me. All I can say is that it’s pretty cool that I was working with really important people. Just like the MX-5 post where I worked with some of the designers and engineers of the car, I was able to work with Bridgestone’s tire engineer and designer this time. Of course my inputs were mostly towards how the media could feel and experience their product and while I don’t have any true work towards their products, I find it cool enough to able to help transfer the practical side of their products to their consumers! It’s awesome. So kindly watch the video and watch out for more posts from me again.

MX-5 Track Experience

I could never imagine how I would like the MX-5. Growing up as a teenager and with all the Hondas, Toyotas, and other rally bred cars… a small convertible car just reminded me of a girl’s car. As a teenager, I wondered about the owners driving the MX-5 on the road. How I wish they were girls inside just to satisfy the stereotype I had given. But, aged men were driving the convertible here in my country. I just couldn’t see the appeal of it back then. And it really took time to wonder what it was with the car. I told myself that I’d never find myself liking or driving that car.

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Who drives these cars?!

Around 10 years down the road, I now believe the MX-5 are like vegetables. I did not like eating it before. In my opinion, the MX-5 was something of “ugh” to something that finally made sense. The car fed a nutrient to me as a driver, and not to forget that it now had taste to me. While I still find the car a bit impractical, I found it had the right punch of nutrients to feed the driving pleasure. Like I said, I hated salad… but it’s now something I wouldn’t mind having all the time.

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Looking brilliant indeed… the cones beside it suggest something exciting.

I now find the new MX-5 to be brilliant. It is brilliant on looks and brilliant on the driving feel. I didn’t even feel girly nor like an aged man driving it (okay, 10 years is a significant number in terms of age). But the MX-5 was refined on all aspects in my perspective. The evolution of the car has the same resemblance as of the original one. This 4th generation roadster made it remind of where it originated from and put it right back on track.

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MX-5 engineers taking a break with their creation.

Lucky I was called by one my racing friends, Mikko, who hitched me on the ride to help on the MX-5 track experience. With this opportunity, I worked with the actual designers of the car while telling us how they wanted their cars to driven, and to advise their guests who will be driving the MX-5s. It was quite an experience since I finally got a chance to test the MX-5 and at the same time work with the engineers of the MX-5. Many of car and engineer’s fans would have loved to be in my spot for sure! For me, I finally got to experience this niche kind of driving. While I enjoyed it, I still have to get used to the elements of driving a top down. The driving part wasn’t new, since I do go for spirited drives in an enjoyable and conservative manner. That is how the MX-5 would like to be driven. With the top down, that was something I had to become accustomed to. Just like vegetables, they too were an acquired taste. But hey, now I like vegetables and the MX-5! I’m just not sure if you like how I wrote about the MX-5 being compared to a vegetable.

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I approve of this now!

Rally Action Movie (Peugeot Dakar)

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I haven’t posted anything related to the world of motorsports wherein I haven’t been physically involved in for the longest time. My last post would’ve been about Honda announcing their return to Formula 1 two years ago ( I hope I don’t jinx the Peugeot Team). But forgive me for being too excited to make a post on this! The 4-minute short rally movie was awesome!!! In my books, this just beat the whole Fast and Furious sequel. That’s an answer you would expect from a rally man! Especially when all the actors are real legendary rally drivers with the likes of 2-time world rally champion, aka El Matador, Carlos Sainz; they also have aka Mr. Dakar, Stephane Peterhansel who is an 11-time winner of the Dakar endurance rally; 5-time motorcycle Dakar winner, Cyril Despres; and my all-time favourite 9-time world rally champion, Sebastien Loeb (for without Loeb, this post would have never existed)! No doubt they could be good actors in their own movie. It’s a rally movie for crying out loud. Welcome the D-ream Team!  Anyway, that’s enough fan-boying. Just grab some popcorn and start watching!!!

MSDP Aired On Heard On Thursdays!

Heard on Thursdays with Raffy Reyes and Hazel interviewing the Motorsport Development Program of the AAP in partnership with the FIA. Along on the interview are the grass-root race series, Flat Out Racing Series.

Get to hear a fun audio interview on the newest project we have been doing for the Automobile Association Philippines motorsports division!

Safety Car Duties at the Manila Bay Circuit

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Here we were again just like last time in the Cebu race. We were the usual suspects being serious fun driving around in the safety car. Here was a bit of the action from our seat since we didn’t really get to go mingling around while on duty during the weekend. To be honest, we pretty much sat most of the time inside the car. Not unless, race control said we had to drive around the track. The “fun mode” depended if we had to go flat out and or if we had to do some pacing of cars which was a little bit boring before waiting for the call. Nevertheless, we did enjoy the festivities as much as our side job last race weekend!

Watch the video to see how we roll in our awesome 86 safety car!

Motorsport Development Program (Video)

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So the first ever module conducted by the Motorsport Development Program of AAP and FIA is finally up. Now if you are wondering what happened on the Manila leg of Module 1 which is titled “Race Skills”, here is a video that can feed your expectations of what happened during the training.

Check the video below!

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